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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Tottenham Hotspur: Would you welcome Carrick back to the Lane?

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Harry Redknapp is going to have a busy summer ahead of him as he looks to bolster his squad in preparation for next season’s Champions League demands and one name that has been strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane is former Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick.

The former Manchester United man looks odds on to be shown the door by Sir Alex Ferguson before the new season gets under way and the Press believe that Redknapp may be interested in bringing him back to the Lane in a cut-price deal. However the gaffer has publicly ruled out such a move, but then he also said that when he took Robbie Keane back so I don’t think it’s entirely out of the question. But the question I’m posing to you Tottenham supporters is; would you welcome the Champions League and three-time Premier League winner back to the Lane?

Carrick is one of the best passers of the ball in the country and you’re more likely to find Carmen Electra in your bed than see the former West Ham man lose possession. However, this past season has been a poor one by his standards and I’ve had Carmen in my bed quite a few times recently - well I like to imagine the Baywatch beauty is there until I roll over and find the usual dragon there snoring like a walrus!

Carrick has been ineffective in the United engine room and it’s a surprise to see him in contention for the World Cup squad. The return of the combative Owen Hargreaves looks like making the Newcastle-born star surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. But do Spurs really need him?

Redknapp already has the likes of the robust Wilson Palacios, the fabulous passing skills of Tom Huddlestone and the creativity of Luka Modric to call on in the middle of the park, not forgetting the up-and-coming Danny Rose and potential return of Jamie O’Hara. What does Carrick offer that Palacios, Huddlestone and Modric can’t? Well he has a glittering medal haul from his four years at Old Trafford and will have learned so much from the likes of Giggs, Scholes and Sir Alex. His experience could be crucial as Spurs try to cement their place as a top four side. Also if Spurs are to build on this season they will need a squad of top players to deal with injuries and suspensions.

Carrick worked with Redknapp during his formative years at Upton Park and if he is suffering from a crisis of confidence then there’s no-one better than Redknapp to get him back to his best.

United signed Carrick in 2006 for a fee in the region of £18 million, including clauses, but Spurs may be able to get him back for half that price, which would be a great piece of business seeing as he will turn 29 at the end of July. However, with the lure of Champions League football attached to joining Spurs now, would you prefer Redknapp looked abroad to bring in somebody younger who has more about them going forward?

There’s no doubt that Carrick is a fabulous striker of the ball but he doesn’t really get stuck in like the Scott Parker’s of this world, attack like the Cesc Fabregas’s or has an engine like Frank Lampard. And with Huddlestone earning rave reviews for his passing qualities, does Harry really want two similar players in the squad? Possibly because like I said earlier you can never have too many top players at your club and this would ensure that the players didn’t rest on their laurels.

Carrick knows the club inside out and he wouldn’t take long to settle back in to life in north London. He wouldn’t cost that much either and he’d increase competition for places. Personally I believe a return to White Hart Lane, at a fee of less than £10 million, would be a great bit of business for all concerned but what do you think?

· Calling all Spurs fans. Would you welcome Carrick back to the Lane? Do you think his title winning and Champions League experience will help the club or would you rather Harry targeted somebody else? Who do you think would improve your midfield for next season’s European demands, Joe Cole? Whatever your view, I’d love to hear from you.

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Colin Illingworth



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