Former Spurs midfielder claims Eriksen is a step backwards and questions current squad

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has offered a damning verdict on the state of the current first-team, claiming they are not good enough to make the top four and believes Christian Eriksen would not have got in the team four years ago.

Redknapp, who played for Spurs for three seasons between 2002 and 2005, has said the North London club look “miles off” the top four after Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 loss to Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t had a bad first season at the club but failure to qualify for the Champions League yet again will leave supporters angry over the summer once more.

“Four years ago Tottenham were in the Champions League quarter finals,” Redknapp said in his column for the Daily Mail. “Now they look miles off the top four.

“Their best players this season have been the homegrown lads — Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose.”

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Redknapp didn’t mention Eriksen as one of the best players this season and has instead claimed that the Danish playmaker wouldn’t have got in the side under his dad, Harry, four years ago.

“Of the players brought in Christian Eriksen has been good but even he would be a squad man in that 2011 team — he wouldn’t play in front of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric or Rafael van der Vaart.

“If Spurs want to improve they can’t waste more money. They need to buy some proper players but with a director of football that is easier said than done.

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“That role has never really worked — I wonder where Spurs would be if they went through them like they do managers? At least in Mauricio Pochettino they have a man to stick with for the long term.

“The points gap to the top four has increased and with respect to Stoke, losing 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium should not happen to Spurs. But that is where they are. It’s time for action.”

Spurs look set to finish the season with their lowest points tally for six seasons with just two games to go and that would be a worrying sign.

The Lilywhites are currently on 58 points, with Hull at home and Everton away still to play, but that means they won’t get near last year’s tally of 69 points – the same number they accrued when finishing fourth in 2012, though Chelsea’s Champions League success meant the club failed to make the competition.

Do you agree with Jamie Redknapp? Are Spurs miles off fourth? And would Christian Eriksen have got in the 2011 team?

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Liverpool legend reveals who City need after ‘pathetic’ title defence

It is no secret that Manchester City have not been good enough this season and will have to make some key changes over the summer to come back as a force again next season.

And Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that City need Paul Pogba after a ‘pathetic’ defence of their Premier League title.

“I expect Yaya Toure to leave Manchester City this summer – and they need to sign Paul Pogba to replace him,” Redknapp said.

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“After winning two trophies last season, this has been a pathetic defence of their Premier League title from City and their ageing squad desperately needs refreshing.”

Many of Europe’s elite have been linked with Juventus ace Pogba, and his services will require a world record transfer fee, according to his agent.

Transfermarkt.co.uk rate Pogba at £44 million, which is £42 million less than the current record transfer fee that saw Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid in 2013.

Redknapp highly regards Pogba and says it is no surprise that so many clubs are chasing his services.

“He’s a fantastic talent who can do everything. Players like him don’t come along very often and at 22 years old he has a huge future in front of him.”

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If City are to sign Pogba it will be a real kick in the teeth to the Frenchman’s former club, Manchester United, to see him sign for their noisy neighbours.

The young midfield enforcer has been linked with Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City so whoever wins the race for his signature will be a stronger force.

Is Paul Pogba what City need and is a move for him possible?

Former Spurs man heaps praise on ‘special’ Arsenal star

Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after another fine display in Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Merseyside club.

Ozil scored the second goal in that win and was at the forefront of most of Arsenal’s attacking play in another impressive display after a season interrupted by criticism again.

And Jamie Redknapp, who also works as a pundit for Sky Sports, thinks that he is an easy target for criticism because of how laid back he looks when playing.

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“There’s no doubt that Mesut Ozil is an easy target for ex-pros and pundits. But when he’s at his best he is worth paying to watch,” Redknapp said in his Daily Mail column.

“I’d much rather see a quality player do something special than a bunch of grafters with nothing to show for it.

“Against Liverpool, Ozil was at his brilliant best in a massive game. You don’t become a Real Madrid hero or win the World Cup without being something special. Ozil is just that.”

The German star has now scored four goals with five assists in 15 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season and the 26 year old looks to be improving with each game at the moment.

He is a player that can produce moments of magic out of nothing, but can also try to overcomplicate things, and Redknapp went on to say that people are still too quick to criticise the former Real Madrid man.

“When things don’t come off for the German, people are quick to criticise. We do that too much in this country — looking at what people can’t do rather than what they can — and it’s where we go wrong so often.

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“No, Ozil doesn’t charge around like Alexis Sanchez so people say he doesn’t care. Just ask Liverpool if Ozil cared about the game on Saturday.”

Saturday’s result leaves Arsenal nine points clear of Liverpool and Spurs as the Gunners look to have sealed another top four finish.

Arsene Wenger’s men are looking up rather than down the table and they are seven points behind leaders Chelsea, with a key clash at the Emirates still to come against the Blues.

Is Mesut Ozil unfairly criticised too often? How important is he to Arsenal?

Former Liverpool teammate says Steven Gerrard has to start against United

Steven Gerrard has been in and out of the Liverpool side all season but Sky Sports columnist Jamie Redknapp believes he has to start in tomorrow’s huge clash with rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

Gerrard has made 23 Premier League appearances so far this season and scored six goals. He came off the bench and steadied the game against Swansea on Monday night, helping Liverpool to record their fifth league win on the bounce.

This will be Steven Gerrard’s last big game against Manchester United for Liverpool and Redknapp thinks his inclusion in the side is vital.

“Gerrard is a leader and these are the games when Liverpool need him in their team. It would be a mistake by Rodgers not to start him on Sunday.

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“Victory for either side would mean so much in the race for a top-four spot.”

Gerrard has eight goals in the Premier League against United, four of them coming from the penalty spot and in a high intensity game his calm-headed approach could be vital.

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This is the biggest match up between the sides in recent years and Redknapp thinks Gerrard is the right man for the occasion.

“Given everything that’s at stake, Brendan Rodgers must start Steven Gerrard.”

Should Steven Gerrard start for Liverpool against Manchester United tomorrow?