Redknapp: Misfits can fire Spurs

BY foxsports • February 27, 2010

Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko have all been on the periphery at various stages and have been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane - but they have seized their opportunities recently. Bale has deputised for Benoit Assou-Ekotto and his form makes him hard to replace, Aaron Lennon's groin troubles have given Bentley his chance, while Pavlyuchenko has scored five in his last three appearances. All three could start when Spurs host against Everton this weekend. "I've treated them all very well. When they haven't been in the team they've still been part of everything," Redknapp said. "When I came in there were about 10 of them who didn't train with the first team. They were sent away. "I've never done that with anyone. I treat them all the same, every day. They come in and train with the first team every day. They couldn't have been treated any better than I treated them. "The problem with doing that is that sometimes you need the players that were ostracised. I ended up using the players at some stage as you get injuries. Suddenly you have to go back to them and say 'okay lads you are with us today'." Bale had problems with his defending when Redknapp took over last season but "the penny has dropped" with the Wales 20-year-old. Redknapp said: "Bale was unlucky as Benoit was the improved player, he became as good as any left-back in the country. Gareth would not get in the team. "Gareth has improved, the penny has dropped with him, there has to be two sides to his game. You see him now, he heads the ball, he makes tackles. He looks as good as any left-back there is. "We are getting the best out of him, he has realised that he has to defend better. He is just 20 and is learning the game. His game has come on a bundle." Bentley has had his attitude questioned by Redknapp but the Spurs boss believes his winger is now back in contention for an England place. As for Pavlyuchenko, he has made no secret of his wish to return to Russia but slight knocks to Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch means he could be given another chance against Everton. Redknapp knew he would need his players on the fringes, particularly after his experiences at Portsmouth when he needed every player to contribute. He said: "There isn't any trick but when their opportunity comes they have to take it. It is a squad game. "There was a group of them [at Portsmouth]. Most had been got rid of. He (former boss Alain Perrin) had got rid of the good ones and brought some bad ones in. "That was the problem there. There weren't many left. Ricardo Fuller was sold for £100,000 - he'd cost you £5million now."


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