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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tottenham Hotspur: Would you welcome Bellamy to the Lane?

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Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy has had more clubs than Tiger Woods but if the rumours in the Press are to be believed then the fiery Welshman could be on the verge of joining another top flight club, Tottenham Hotspur.

There’s no denying that Bellamy is a class performer. He pace to burn, the skill to beat defenders and can find the back of the net. However, his demands for perfection from his team-mates could ruffle a few feathers at White Hart Lane and ruin the harmony currently at the club.

Harry Redknapp is a huge admirer of the former Newcastle United, Liverpool and West Ham United striker and tried to sign him from the Hammers 18 months ago before Mark Hughes got his hands on him. He may give the missus a run for her money in terms of moaning but he hates to lose and worse than that he hates players who don’t give everything for the cause. Those latter traits are to be commended but the way in which he goes about it can cause friction in the camp.

However, Redknapp is one of the best man managers in the country and would surely find a way for Bellamy to channel his anger in the interests of the team. Plus, looking at the Spurs team there aren’t too many slackers kicking about in there. It’s not as if Robinho is about to turn up at the Lane. Bellamy really would have something to moan about then!

Tottenham are preparing for their first venture in the Champions League and Redknapp is keen to add new faces to the squad. Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is one of the names being touted with a move across the capital and his experience in the Champions League could be crucial. However, Bellamy has also graced Europe’s elite competition and has a much better return rate than Cole. The former West Ham United youngster may be available on a free transfer but the Daily Mail believes City may let Bellamy go for £6 million, which is an absolute steal. Of course, in a dream world I’m sure Redknapp would love to have both of them, but reports out today suggest that Cole may now be looking for a move aboard.

Bellamy may have the face of a gargoyle but he is one of the most effective players in the Premier League. When he is on the top of his game he is unstoppable. He always gets in the right position, always has his head up looking for a pass, and more often than makes the right decision in front of goal. He also has bags of energy, never gives defenders a moment’s peace and does a job defensively for the team.

The Manchester City ace joined the Citizens in the hope of guiding them to the Champions League but Spurs and Peter Crouch put paid to that goal. However, could Redknapp give him another chance to play in the Champions League this season or will he stay loyal to City and Mancini?

Bellamy isn’t averse to moving around the country and at 30 he knows his career will soon be coming to an end. He wants to bring the curtain down on his career with some silverware in the trophy cabinet. Bellamy also knows that if he stays at City this season and they do manage to finish in the top four then he may be pushed out in favour of some money-grabbing mercenary.

Does he make a proactive decision and look after himself or stay loyal to City and do what he was signed to do? Having seen his mentor Mark Hughes callously shown the door at Eastlands and I think he may jump at the chance of playing for Spurs, but would the Spurs fans want to see one of the country’s most repelled players in their ranks?

· Calling all Spurs fans. Would you welcome Bellamy to White Hart Lane? What do you like/dislike about him? What sort of a job do you think he could do at Spurs? Do you think he would be a hit at the Lane? Whatever your view, I’d love to hear from you.

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Colin Illingworth



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