Date: 20th March 2008 at 11:25am
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Harry Redknapp has told the Pompey Site that Jermain Defoe goes back to White Hart Lane this weekend with ‘nothing to prove’ as his record of 64 goals from 177 games – with many as a sub – for them proves this in his opinion: ‘I’m sure he’ll get a good reception from the home fans on Saturday because he did well for them.

‘He’ll go there and want to do well but he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He’s scored goals wherever he’s gone and he’s off to a great start here.

‘He’s come into a good side where he knows a lot of the lads. He’s enjoying being here and we enjoy having him here.

‘England could have done with him at the last World Cup when we had no strikers.

‘Goalscoring is an art. It’s about being in the right place at the right time and he’s got that knack’.

It is true Defoe does have nothing to prove, and the vast majority of Spurs fans still like the fella and were sad to see him leave, but his frustrations at not playing when he wanted too do nothing else but will make him want to ‘get one over’ Juande Ramos, if not necessarily Spurs.

Whatever is said this season has not been the season that most predicted, some even expected for Spurs – I myself thought they probably would break into the top 4 to be honest – and despite the league cup win it has been a disappointment for them but Redknapp went on to praise them and is convinced they will not struggle again next season, as well as praise how our season has gone in comparison: ‘you won’t see Tottenham in the bottom half of the division after this year. They’re a top five or six team.

‘Their squad is fantastic and they’ve got plenty of cover in every position. Look at the money they’ve spent in the last few years.

‘I said at the start of the year that they were the one club who could break into the top four. I think people looked at their squad and thought they could finish above Arsenal.

‘But we’re in good form at the moment and we want to keep that going if we can.

‘To be where we are now is amazing. I never dreamed of getting Pompey this far when I took the job and we were languishing at the bottom of the Championship.

‘It’s full credit to everyone – the owner, the players and the fans for the wonderful support they’ve given us’.

It would be a major surprise if Spurs do again struggle, but the league is getting stronger so next season ‘could’ be a fantastic one for so many with several clubs thinking, and why not us included, that if the right players come along and some good fortune is had they have a fantastic chance of breaking into the top 4, which Everton still may do this season. Ok it is pushing it but ‘technically’ we could still too, but the Everton defeat put paid to this in my thinking once and for all, not that I was ever expecting this?

I reckon it will be a cracking game at the weekend, both sides will want to win so I can see another game similar to the one we had with Villa last weekend, and to a degree Birmingham the midweek before that – bring it on I say!


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