Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is worried for Jonathan Woodgate’s career.
Under new Premier League rules, clubs have to name a squad of 25 senior players by the closure of the summer transfer window, eight of which must be home-grown. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit. Clubs can only make changes to the list in January, during the winter transfer window.
“Woody’s nowhere near at the moment, nowhere near,” Redknapp said. “It must be really hard for him at the moment because he’s nowhere near kicking a ball. He’s been out for nearly a year, been in America and Australia but he’s still nowhere near.”
“I couldn’t put Woody in my 25,” Redknapp added. “It’s impossible at the moment and if he doesn’t start playing before [the end of August], he’s got no chance. You can’t have somebody in who’s never going to play, if he’s not going to be fit.
“He’s got to really prove that between now and the start of the season. To have any chance, he’s got to be playing, otherwise you couldn’t possibly have him in the 25. Not at the moment. He’s a long way off now. We’ll see how we go in January.”
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