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Pienaar 'has Spurs future'

2012-01-10 13:17

London - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has insisted that Bafana Bafana striker Steven Pienaar still has a future at the club despite making just five league appearances since joining last year.

Pienaar got a rare taste of action on Saturday after playing in Spurs' 3-0 FA Cup win over Cheltenham.

But the 29-year-old is expected to return to the bench on Wednesday as Redknapp recalls Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale for the visit of Everton to White Hart Lane.

Redknapp however is adamant that Pienaar can still force his way into Tottenham's first team despite limited opportunities since signing from Everton in January last year.

"Players like Pienaar and (Niko) Kranjcar are good players and they can get in the team," Redknapp said. "You saw on Saturday that they have quality and they have a big part to play between now and the end of the season.

Pienaar's progress at Tottenham has been hampered by fitness concerns following a concussion and a groin injury.

"With Pienaar the problem has been his injuries," Redknapp said. "He has never really got up and running. He seems to have injury after injury.

"He was one of their main players at Everton and it has been a difficult year for him."

AFP

Comments
  • Teri - 2012-01-10 13:46

    Should've stayed with Everton. The grass is seldom greener on the other side.

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-01-10 14:14

    COYS

  • justice.bhulose - 2012-01-10 14:27

    i blv on him nd he will make it there in tottenham

  • Justin - 2012-01-10 14:48

    The toffees look pathetic without Pienaar and Mikel Arteta - there is no midflied flair. Tottenham have so much depth in this area - If Rednapp dangles the carrot for the rest of the season, go back to Everton - the toffees will welcome you back with open arms.

  • Sam - 2012-01-10 15:55

    who cares?what he has done for his country?why is he a captain?everytime he must play for his country he is injured now he is fit to fight for his place in spurs,select him for bafana game then he will have a running stomach

  • deonk - 2012-01-10 15:57

    patience... he will prove himself soon enough! COYS!

      Sam - 2012-01-10 16:11

      patience?he is 29 what can he still offer? he is just an average player and much over rated

  • Paul - 2012-01-11 14:16

    I like Pienaar. He is a classy and tricky player. Maybe he should play with Bafana for some of our friendlies?

  • burton.brown2 - 2012-01-21 12:56

    Let him play and give him a chance if he breaks down then sell him,from Burton Brown South Africa.

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