Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp butted heads on Sky Sports over Tottenham Hotspur prior to Sunday’s game against Burnley.
The exchange has been cited in full by The Mirror. It started by Keane suggesting that Spurs are “average” without Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son:
“Definitely their goalkeeper and two centre-halves are better than what Spurs have got, and probably even the two lads in midfield.
“Tottenham have got so many average players. We talk about the pressure Spurs are under to get in the top four but if you take Kane and Son out of that team they are average.”
“I don’t think it’s an average team or an average squad, it’s full of internationals,” Redknapp disagreed.
“If you look at the back four, Dier plays for England, Sanchez plays for Colombia, Alderweireld plays for the No.1 team in the world…”
“Jamie makes the point about international players – these days everybody plays for their country! If you don’t play for your country now you are a bad player.”
“I think the goalkeeper’s not good enough, I don’t trust Aurier or Doherty. But Reguilon is as good a left-back as there is in the country so I think you’ve got that wrong…”
Again Keane interrupted: “Is that why Real Madrid let him go? Why did Real Madrid let him go?”
Redknapp responded: “Does that matter? Just because Real Madrid let him go that doesn’t make him a good player? He’s a fantastic left-back!”
The debate was ended by Keane, as he stated that Tottenham should “automatically” be a top four team under Mourinho:
“But this idea that Spurs should automatically be top four because Mourinho’s a top coach… Mourinho knows the game bloody better than all of us.”
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