Harry looks forward to Sandro debut

Redknapp will hand Sandro his debut in midfield in tonight’s

Carling Cup third-round tie as he rings the changes to protect his

Champions League stars. Redknapp paid £8million for the

21-year-old from Internacional in the summer without seeing him

play, other than on videos. But he admits Sandro could break his

way into the Tottenham first team if he seizes his opportunity at

White Hart Lane this evening. Redknapp said: “He looks like

Socrates. He runs like him. If he can play like him we’ll be all

right. “He does have that funny running action. There were two top

Spanish clubs in for him. “I couldn’t get to Brazil with us being

in the situation last year where we were trying to finish in the

top four. So (chief scout) Ian (Broomfield) went over. “We spoke to

people in Brazil, we spoke to (former Brazil manager) Dunga and

they all said: ‘You’ve got a real good one there’. “Ian saw him

four times and he had no doubts. He raved about him. You don’t get

into the Brazilian national squad if you’re a mug, do you?” Sandro

will get his chance alongside other Tottenham youngsters such as

21-year-old Jake Livermore and, if fit, 18-year-old Steven Caulker.

But while Caulker has become the newest youngster to be described

as the ‘next Rio Ferdinand’ it is Sandro’s likeness to Socrates,

the playmaker who helped deliver the 1994 World Cup for Brazil,

which excites Redknapp. “He’s not a Robinho,” said Redknapp. “He’s

a big lad, he gets around the pitch, he can tackle, he can pass it

and play. “He’s a box to box midfield player. Maybe an Abou

Diaby-type from Arsenal. A big rangy type of player. A Patrick

Vieira-type player perhaps. “He’s totally dedicated to his

football. He’s not going to go off Samba dancing anywhere.”

Redknapp wants to use the match to give first-teamers such as

Gareth Bale and new signing Rafael van der Vaart a rest while he

intends to give David Bentley a chance, as well as looking at third

choice goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa. Redknapp denies that by playing

youngsters and reserves he is disrespecting the tournament. “If we

weren’t in Europe, I would have a real go to win the Carling Cup,”

he said.