Tuesday 12 December 2017

Redknapp's 'whole life is consumed' with saving QPR

QPR 0 Tottenham 0

Henry Winter

Harry Redknapp admits that his "whole life is consumed by saving QPR".

Redknapp immediately flew to France after Saturday's draw with Spurs, assessing Yann M'Vila for Rennes against Bordeaux. He will be at training at Harlington today before hurtling up to West Bromwich tomorrow morning for their FA Cup replay.

Redknapp's pre-match chat with Steve Clarke should be interesting after his enquiry about Peter Odemwingie was rebuffed by the Albion manager.

Redknapp is working overtime to find the right, available recruits while also building from the current squad. Bobby Zamora is "not too far away" returning from injury, according to the QPR manager.

"I haven't been home too much lately,'' said Redknapp. "It's difficult but you have to try. I could sit back and say 'It's not my problem, unlucky', my whole life is consumed by saving QPR. I don't sleep every night, my mind's non-stop. It's a buzz.''

Redknapp has had to temper old attacking traits, focusing on grinding out results such as Saturday's with mass defending against his old side.

"I've had teams in the last few years who have great attacking flair. I haven't got Lennon, Adebayor or Defoe, so I have to make the best out of what we have got and be hard to beat.

"Against Liverpool, I played (Djibril) Cisse upfront with (Adel) Taarabt with two wingers and got destroyed. We are not good enough to play that way, unfortunately.''

Old heads like Shaun Derry and Clint Hill have been vital. "They get written off,'' continued Redknapp.

"People say 'they are only Championship players' but they are giving it everything and I can't ask for any more. And they are good around the place.

"What about Jamie Mackie's effort? He isn't Gareth Bale, but does he try? He gives everything.

"They are good lads, not earning big money, but you can rely on them. There's no big-headedness, or big-time Charlie with them. They care for the club."

Another is Ryan Nelsen. "What a competitor. I took him to Spurs last year and people said 'are you mad?' I said 'he's one of the best centre-halves we have had in the Premier League and one of the best characters.'

"He has come here and been fantastic. You can see why someone wants to take him to Toronto and make him (a manager). Hopefully we will keep him for another month or six-to-seven weeks."

As well as Nelsen and Hill defensively, QPR were indebted to Julio Cesar for some fine reflex saves, first to deny Jermain Defoe and then Emmanuel Adebayor.

Like Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas is considering a move for a forward and he has been linked with Internacional's Leandro Damiao, particularly with Adebayor away at the Africa Cup of Nations for the next few weeks. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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