Redknapp looks for new spot-kick taker

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Harry Redknapp is contemplating removing Jermain Defoe from penalty taking duties, after his failure from the spot against Leeds on Saturday.

This was Defoe’s second miss from 12 yards this season, after seeing his penalty saved at Everton in December as well.

Redknapp said, “He’s a great goalscorer, but his penalties haven’t been so great.

“When you place them, unless you can be accurate and stick them up there in the top corner like the boy Jermaine Beckford did for Leeds.

“Julian Dicks was a great penalty taker and Ray Stewart at West Ham used to just smash them. The one Beckford took was world-class, right up in the top corner.

“There are plenty of people here. Tom Huddlestone can take them, Niko Kranjcar can take penalties very well. It wouldn’t be a problem for those two. We will have to look at it.

“I haven’t told Jermain yet, but I will have a word with him. He would want to carry on because he loves scoring goals. You know what he’s like.”

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