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Why does Harry Redknapp have no interest in Giovani Dos Santos?

Giovani Dos Santos was once dubbed the ’next Ronaldinho’ but this next bright star of the future seems to have made little impact on the most important man of all – his boss, Harry Redknapp.

When the Mexican winger made the move from Barcelona to North London for a very handsome fee of around €6 million, it was seen as quite a coup for Tottenham Hotspur. Under the tutelage of Juande Ramos, the young Mexican was given opportunities but we all know that Ramos’s time didn’t last too long and in came Mr Redknapp.

The former Portsmouth boss has done an incredible job at White Hart Lane but he has failed in producing the best out of a talented youngster, who has the credentials to be a world beater. The fact is, Giovani has rarely been given any opportunities at all by the Spurs boss and has been shipped out on loan to Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and most recently, Racing Santander.

Giovani is not the first youngster that Redknapp has failed to acknowledge in his time at the Lane as he shipped out, the now growing stars of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Adel Taarabt in his early days at the club, due to not being able to find a way to incorporate them into the team.

Boateng now plays for AC Milan and has earned plaudits across the world of football after a magnificent world cup display in South Africa last summer. Adel Taarabt is of course one of the most promising and sought after youngsters in world football, being linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Redknapp, however, seemed unable to spot the talents of these two young midfielders.

If the club were to have kept these players on for longer then surely it would have left them in better stead to challenge for that Champions League spot last season. Also, they may not have been so worried about losing Luka Modric this summer, if they had the genius, Adel Taarabt to fall back on. Truth be told, the Tottenham hierarchy have made a real faux pas in shipping these players out and they run the risk of doing it again with the Mexican prodigy.

Giovani Dos Santos has been criticised by Harry Redknapp for his supposed lack of professionalism.

This sort of attitude from a footballer is not one that will take you far and if the Mexican is wasting his time out and about at nightclubs at the weekend then he is at fault, but for young footballers this is not uncommon. This happens all the time with youngsters who have got cash to splash but the gaffer just has no interest in helping this talent progress and it is difficult to see why.

Anybody who saw the recent Gold Cup and particularly the final between Mexico and USA will have seen the raw talent this 22-year-old possesses and will be disappointed by the stall in his career.

The winger scored an immense winning goal after dribbling the ball around several players, including the goalkeeper before exquisitely chipping the ball into the top corner to secure a 4-2 victory for Mexico and crown themselves Gold Cup champions.

This beautiful goal topped off a man of the match performance by the Tottenham man, in a game where he showed great drive and determination. Every time the ball came to his feet, onlookers and the USA defence knew something was going to happen and every time, it did!

The forward was constantly running towards goal with the ball, dribbling past several players and playing great link-up player with Manchester United revelation, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

At no point did Giovani show any signs of lack of professionalism as he inspired to whole team throughout the match before leading them into the final whistle as champions.

Redknapp surely knows what a talent he has on his hands and must see his quality in training every week and so it baffles spectators as to why he won’t help this young player become the player he is destined to be. Maybe the Spurs boss just does not have the capabilities to guide such players, as was the case with Adel Taarabt and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Redknapp could not figure out how to use Taarabt in an effective manner and take the risk of playing him in the role behind the striker. A couple years later, he signed Rafael Van Der Vaart who filled that position between midfield and defence, proving he couldn’t create his own superstar bt instead had to fork out cash for an already establish bearer of that role.

It looks as though the same will happen this summer with Giovani Dos Santos, who looks intent on making the switch back to Spanish shores and linking up with Sevilla in a £6.5Million move.

It is impossible to predict the transfer sage of Luka Modric and whether he will go or not, but the fact remains Harry Redknapp will constantly toe the party line – ‘we are not a selling club, we will not sell our best players’. Probability is that Giovani Dos Santos will leave this summer and Redknapp will have lost one of the best young talents to grace the Premier League in a long time, all because the gaffer was too scared to just take a risk on the young lad.

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  1. Maggsy

    July 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

    To write an article on a player you’ve obviously never seen play outside of youtube is ludicrous. Granted he has featured in very few games, but the few in which he has played he has looked uninterested and out of his depth. He has showed little of his ‘raw’ talent and at 22 years of age he is not really a youngster, just another one of those clubbing south americans who have got to a point in their career where they have no drive to improve. Admittedly KPB and Taraabt are good players within their own right, (though comparing VDV to Taraabt in any form is mind boggling) but Redknapp knows what he has at the club is better, Palacios/Hudd/Sandro/Jermaine Jenas>KPB. And VDV/Kranjcar>Taraabt. In hindsight be more reasonable and stop watching the Youtube compilations.

    • Maggsi

      July 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      dood, you dont know what you are talking about….first of all, hes north american(mexico,canada,usa) not south american 2nd: ronaldinho was a world top player by the time he was 24….dos santos still has time

    • James

      July 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      you have no idea what you’re talking about.. If you’re not relevant to what Gio is doing right now and in the past months why even come here acting like you’re a football genius, for one Redknapp never gave him a full chance what so ever.. Gio played very well while in spain these past months and played like a god in mexico.. I think you’re the one that needs to stop watching youtube and watch him play in a real match.

    • Alun Vaughan

      July 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      I am the writer of this article and I have never actually watched him on youtube you deluded little armchair football fan.
      I have actually seen a lot of him and know an awful lot about him – you on the other hand, have probably never even seen him play except in his rare appearances for Spurs.
      I assume you are a Spurs fan who just follows whatever Redknapp says.
      The man buys all his old players – crouch, defoe, kranjcar, keane, kaboul – all surplus to requirements now
      Real stars of Spurs – Modric, Bale – there before he was and he even considered selling Bale

  2. Dr Flange

    July 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

    He’s a fan of the alcopops who can’t pass a nightclub as well as he can pass a ball.

    • Ed

      July 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm


  3. Geo323

    July 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You Maggsy, should start watching the games. Also where do you get this info that he has been clubbing? Ha reiterating old news does not make it new. There really is no arguement as to why redknap doesn’t him play him, other than he has never and will never be on harry’s plans. He has never played his share of games, only a couple of games until Harry showed up. Even then the lad was 19 and everyone was playing horrid if you can remember. Ever since that he never really played except last preseason when him and bale were tearing it up, then as usual the season started and not even the bench. The night club excuse is so outdated, only people with no arguments keep bringing it up. So yeah, keep bringin the same excuses, the only truth is Harry doesn’t rate him, just like he didn’t rate Bale until the injuries. Just like he rates crouch, and Lennon with poor performances. Hey Harry can be a prick as much as he wants in my book, as long as the club improves every year.

  4. KennyM

    July 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    @ the first two posters (plonkers)…..maggsy you obviously have not watched him play games either you moron…he was magnificent for Mexico voted and player of the tournament in their last matches.

    Dr Flange…..he can go to as many nightclubs he wants too if he plays like he did against USA…and what about all the times we have seen Ledley, hutton, lennon, crouch, and jenes all falling out of nightclubs!

    The problem is Harry can’t see a gifted player if he is two yards in front of him.

    He was just about to send Bale out on loan when injuries caused him to cancel the loan…and look what happened..Bale took his chance and showed what class he is!…Harry trains the boy every day and can’t see it in front of his nose!

    Sandro…..Harry did not like him and was not giving him a chance until once again injuries meant he had to play him……next thing he is wanted by Real Madrid and Inter Milan!

    Harry CANNOT see talent when it is under his nose!…He is the most overrated manager in the EPL. He only measures a signing by what backhander is in it for him!

    Levy needs to smell the roses and get rid of Harry, keep Dos Santos and get a manager that will bring on these young talents!

    • Gee Gee

      July 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Kenny – you are absolutely and totally correct.
      Redknapp did a great job for us when he first arrived, but he obviously hates gambles on younger ‘gifted’ players.

      KPB, Taarabt, Gio ..add to that Ohara, Caulkner and Bostock.

      redknapp should disappear from WHL and go back to talking crap in the Sun or NOTW.

      • Doc

        July 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Why when we can read your deluded crap?

    • Doc

      July 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      You haven’t a clue what you are talking about. Sandro came from another continent and had been playing all summer, he needed a reast, he needed to adjust to a new culture, to a new country, he had to adapt his game to a new style of play, a faster style of play.

      The intelligent amongst us new we would have to wait until the new year before we would see anything from him. Harry was 100% right to bring him along and give him time to learn about our game and look at the result of his management.

      Harry is qualified to do his job, you are not and couldn’t do it. You propose keeping a player who is more interested in bars than football, who only tries for his country. Some of us can see beyond 2 good goals against weak defences.

      The trouble is you can’t judge a footballer so you shout your mouth off to prove it. Some of us are not fooled and not as gullible as you.

      • Anthony

        July 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        This doc sounds like Redknapp himself. “More interested in bars”… a little bit of an overstatement. “weak defences”, well, Redknapp brought in as far as I can remember Crouch and Defoe – in the last season, how many goals exactly have those two scored against “weak” and strong defences together, while being supplied by f. Modric?? Give me break, Redkanpp is in that respect like Wenger – just brings players cause they are english, (so he can fullfil his personal ambition to be england manager)… He knows nothing about football, and his “it has been successful season” and “it will be miracle if tottenham finished 4th” make me doubt if he was bribed at that time by City.

  5. Sammo-tk

    July 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    To be nice,santos is gifted player with lot of skills.i don’t understand man (harry) he suppore to kept him in the club and let him prove his worth either KPB and taarabat should have been sold.

  6. Feenix

    July 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Why do you think Harry keeps wanting to buy old players that have done it in their past. It’s because he cannot recognize or bring on talent, he just doesn’t have it in him to do that. He does not gamble with players or rotate them. If injuries did not occur he would play the same players week in wee out such as Crouch, Corluka and these two are poor by Premier League standards. Get rid of Redknapp and get Ancelotti in or even Moyes. At least they recognize talent.

    • Anthony

      July 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! If the club has any ambition, then bring in Ancelotti and let him shuffle the club. Also, Manuel Pellegrini, the guy who coached Real Madrid before Mourinho, has achieved amazing success with Real Madrid. He’s currently at some 11th placed Malaga – try to bring in such a competent guy, not pretend you have some ambition, when it is all about the very bad wheel deal.

  7. Yid17

    July 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    100% agree with KennyM, not a fan of Redknapp either and the sooner he pisses off to England the better.

    He’s done what he came to do, get the players motivated and turn around a bad patch of form, but I just don’t see him taking us any further to be honest.

    I always rated Taarabt when he was with us, and selling him for £1m was a disaster. Managed to watch Gio a few times both for loan clubs and country and he is a class player, if he was actually in the frame it might give Lennon a kick up the arse with a challenger to his position!

    Also agree with the Bale and Sandro comment, he has his favourites and he won’t use anybody else unless he absolutely has to. Pavlyuchenko is another example, he can score shedloads off the bench but he’s never going to be in front of Crouch in Redknapp’s eyes, which is a farce.

    • Doc

      July 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      What a load of rubbish. Taarabt has only performed at Championship level because the whole team has been build around him to play for him, otherwise he doesn’t fit in. QPR openly admit this, their supporters hate him and the club are hawking him around to get rid of him.

      He is a deluded young man with a terrible attitude and getting rid of him was a must, the 40% sell on clause was brilliant management.

      Pav misses a hatfull of sitters are seduces the gullible with the odd super strike. He can’t win headers, he can’t hold the ball up meaning we have to defend more, he doesn’t defend from the front, his control is terrible. He is an ordinary forward and we need better players than him.

      Gio is a lazy drinker who only tries for his country, he jets off to Spain to go clubbing and misses training. We have been trying to sell him for 2 years but nobody wants him, why is he is so great? Because they all know what we have found out, he is totally unprofessional and until he grows up is not worth a place in the 25 man squad.

  8. Cheyni

    July 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    i thought it was stale news that HR was a motivational speaker and not a reali good manager. His tactical frailities were made bare last season. He’s too old fashioned and prefers graft over sublime skills hence, Krancjar’s predicament. I felt insulted when he bought a rusty & not fully fit Pienaar and PLAYED him ahead of Niko!! As long as the club keeps progressing then i guess its one flaw we must indulge, thank heavens Crouch’s married now(d fire of their love affair should b extinguished)

  9. Rajen

    July 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Harry has got it all wrong.You are quite right that he does not give the youngsters a chance.He is always looking out for othert club’s leftovers.How many times has he brought that useless Keane in to lose a game.He doesnt even play KranjCar.We are going to be the laughing stock of the PL if Harry carrys on the way he is.I watched Dos Santos in the world cup and he was excellent.Harry must go.I will tell him personally when he comes to South Africa.Spurs for life!

  10. Doc

    July 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Because he drinks, he misses training, he turns up late, he doesn’t try, he has no wrkrate are club level, he doesn’t defend. He only tries for Mexico. He is a waste of space and the majority of intelligent adult Spurs fans don’t want him.

  11. ChicagoBill

    July 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Some thoughts:
    1. Harry is a short-term manager who does not worry about building a squad and team for the future. For that reason, he wants players who are known commodities and is not willing to take a chance on a prospect even for the last 15 minutes of a decided game. That is why he falls below the red-nosed guy from the North or the jerk from the other North London team.
    2. Dos Santos works better in a team that absorbs pressure and scores on the transition. Not Spurs style, now or forever.
    3. Why did we buy Pienaar? Seems closer to Malbranque than anything but not as good. Certainly keeping and playing O’Hara was a better idea .
    4. Why would any youngster come to Spurs? Right now we have a great prospect in Caulker who is still not in the picture for back-up.

  12. Ed

    July 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    lol at the idiots saying he drinks,didnt Keane and almost the whole spurs team go on that trip to get drunk yet Gio didnt go and they didnt get punished so naive ?!

  13. gary

    July 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Harry Redknapp is stupid

  14. Anthony

    July 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    because redknapp is not a real able manager, but a wheel dealer, who tried or have purchased at tottenham players like beckham, neville, friedel, pienaar Joe Cole – failure at Liverpool (for 3m £), etc… He’s not able to spot talent. Bale got his chance by coincidence, too. I liked tottenham, but not as this wheel deal kind of a club, that brings these kind of players, isn’t at all active in the transfer market for better players, “before they sell 4-5 players”, the club that doent let modric go where he likes (preferably united), but ties such a great player who has helped them so much to play with all of those named mediocrity…. F such a miserable club. Redknapp’s “Top 4” next season is joke; Tottenham already were 5th, with Liverpool being left behind because of appaling start. Had Liverpool not have those club selling issues, redknapp would’ve been 6th. All of the clubs above already have massively strenghtened, Tottenham not. What do you expect Tottenham will achieve next season? I could bet 100 £ that we’ll get Tottenham at most 6th placed and Redknapp’s comment, how “it was as good as it gets”.

  15. Mark

    July 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    LOL Redknapp has made a huge mistake with Gio, but thank god that his spurs nightmare will come to an end soon, Gio didn’t just come from any team, he came from BARCELONA, and yes bad decisions from his stupid father plus scrutiny from the catalan press that chose bojan over him contributed to his departure from Barca, but his talent is there, he’s shown inmense capability and skill every time he plays, he’s one of those players you just love to watch and makes things happen, I can’t wait to see him in a club where his talents are appreciated and the boss actually sees the potential he possesses.

  16. Geo323

    July 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Again doc try saying something that isn’t outdated. You are an “adult”, yet you are trolling the same old tiresome bs.

  17. Doc Time4YourMedicine

    July 4, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Doc you must be insane. you keep repeating the same argument over and over expecting to get a different result. Nobody is buying the “he’s a drunk” story and thus he doesn’t commit to the team. Last time Gio was in England was more than five months ago; do you by any chance have contacts in Spain that have seen him zipping down wine and skipping zaragoza’s practices to take a siesta? I thought so old chap.
    There are various clubs interested to get Gio’s signature, so I’m guessing they must want a new drinking buddy don’t ya think? Get real doc, Football is an ever-evolving sport, if you don’t like it become an Italy fan, I hear people of the third age are really akeen to them (;

  18. DocIsStupid

    July 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I think you might have something personal against Giovani Mr. Doc. If you would see how he inspired his whole team throughout the whole gold cup tournament then you wouldnt have any comments about Dos Santos poor professionalism. Truth is, maybe it’s best he leaves the favoritism of Redknapp now before his talent goes to waste waiting on his lack of acknowledgement.

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