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‘Big reputation’ – Harry Redknapp gives opinion on Steve Hitchen and Spurs’ recruitment

Harry Redknapp has spoken about Tottenham’s recent transfer business and Steve Hitchin’s departure, stating ‘the recruitment hasn’t been good’.

Redknapp believes Tottenham’s struggles are not because of the club’s managers, but instead the players being signed by the recruitment team. 

He told Talksport (15/02/22): “They have gone through a few managers during the past few years and results haven’t improved very much. It’s about recruitment.”

Redknapp is all too familiar with this situation as prior to him joining Tottenham in 2008 there had been five different managers in the previous five years (Soccerbase).

The former Tottenham boss thinks the recruitment has not been at the level needed for Spurs to find their way back into the top four and Champions League football. 

He said: “The ones they have brought in haven’t been top draw. They have been decent. But not good enough for them to be a top-four team.”

As the likes of Ndombele, Lo Celso and Gil have been sent on loan back to the respective leagues they were bought from, the point Redknapp is making seemingly rings true. 

With the combined amount of £82.80M spent by Tottenham on Ndombele and Lo Celso, their time so far in North London can be seen as nothing more than an unfortunate failure  (Transfermarkt).

Redknapp also spoke about Steve Hitchin leaving the club and the problem that may arise following his departure.

He said: “I see Steve Hitchen has left the club. He was a big part of their recruitment there. Big reputation. I don’t know if they are going to bring anyone else in from that side of the club.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Spurs are now missing a vital member of their team in the way of transfers. If nobody comes in to replace the void left by Hitchen, which Redknapp suspects, then it will be down to Paratici to get the job done by himself.

It will be a necessity that Tottenham succeeds in the approaching transfer window, so hopefully, Redknapp’s worries aren’t continued this summer.

Harry Redknapp has the most validity to his claims out of almost anybody when talking about Tottenham’s transfer problems, as he has been in the situation himself.

His view on Hitchen’s departure being a problem is very true. As it is no secret Paratici specialises in the Serie A, with Hitchen gone, Tottenham may struggle to sign players from an array of leagues beyond Italy. So it should be a top priority for Spurs to replace Hitchen.

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