Spurs talisman may call time on his career, for his own good…
It was all smiles around White Hart Lane this Saturday, as Heurelho Gomes‘ heroics and a wanky penner from derided ex-Spur Darren Bent propelled Tottenham to 4th spot, after a 2-0 victory against Sunderland. However, not everything went to plan for Harry Redknapp’s men – vice-captain Ledley Kingwas subbed, through injury, 10 mins after the restart.
So far this season King has only played a full 90 minutes five times in eight league games, despite his infamous ultra-low intensity training sessions. Contract up for renewal in the summer, the Spurs backroom have a genuine dilemma on their hands as to whether the defender should stay on – and the cons are stacked against him.
Tottenham’s 3-0 humbling at the Emirates a fortnight ago was a bitter pill for fans to swallow; not least thanks to the contrast in fortunes of each team’s elected talisman. While Arsenal captain Fabregas ran rampant, King had one of his worst games in recent memory.
Visibly off the pace, he’d already been forced to relinquish his own armband at the start of the season, for being absent all too often. As if to ram home the point, the 29-year-old would’ve woken up this morning to proof of the premature death of his England career, after being omitted from a largely experimental squad chosen to face Brazil on Saturday.
If Spurs are to make a credible assault on the Big Four, a settled, familiar back line is essential – as Man City are finding out. Perhaps it’s time for the north London club to focus their efforts this winter on finding a top quality partner for the talented and much less injury-prone Sebastien Bassong – allowing King to bow out with dignity (and knees) intact at the end of the season. Or should Harry keep faith in Mr. Tottenham?