Harry keen to bring ‘flair’ to the Lane

Spurs lost at struggling West Ham on Saturday as last season’s

fourth-placed Premier League team could not overcome an injury

crisis in a 1-0 defeat. Redknapp had only Vedran Corluka and

Sebastien Bassong fit to play at centre-back at Upton Park as the

likes of Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate are

sidelined. The Tottenham boss has acknowledged that he has a

defensive headache ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match

against FC Twente. But Redknapp is also eager to add some style to

combine with the likes Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric when

the transfer window reopens in the winter. He said in The Game:

“I’d like to get another couple of flair players for the side to go

with the likes of him (Van der Vaart) and Modric. You don’t give

the ball away when you’ve got players like that. “You look at

Arsenal, they’re all popping the ball around to each other. If

people want the ball, you’ve got a chance because they tend not to

give the ball away. “I’d much rather play that way, to be honest

with you, than have people in there who are hammer-throwers, and

keep passing the ball to the other team and then tackling people to

get it back again. I’d rather go the other way.” Redknapp will hope

that his existing flair players click against Twente in midweek as

he plans to go on the offensive to cope with his defensive

problems. He said in The Sun: “We have to go for it. Winning the

game is all-important and it will set us up nicely. “The group is

wide open with one point each. Inter Milan are obviously the

favourites but after that, it’s wide open. At home, our crowd are

pumped up. It will be an intimidating atmosphere, just like it was

in the qualifier against Young Boys. We attacked and got after them

from the start. “That is what we have to do in these European

games, especially in this group. In Milan you might set up

differently but at home… no.”