English Premiership

Pienaar's Spurs future in doubt

2011-12-05 20:29
Steven Pienaar (File)

Johannesburg - While the fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur are booming amid the club's finest hour since the inception of England's Premier League, the future of 29 year-old Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar with the North London combination has plunged into the doldrums. 

Pienaar has not played a single Premier League game for Spurs this season as the club has gone from strength to strength enjoying an unbeaten run of 11 matches, of which the last six have ended in victory.

In the process, Spurs have forged into their most promising position yet to challenge for the Premier League title, currently lying in third position on the log, and facing the inviting prospect of leap-frogging Manchester United into second place should they win their game in-hand and thereby edging to within four points of log leaders Manchester City.

It is a vibrant success story in which Pienaar has played no part, having been effectively relegated to the club's reserve line-up, making only two first-team appearances in the subsidiary Europa League.

In line with manager Harry Redknapp's selection policy, Pienaar played for the second-string Spurs in their deflating 1-0 Europa Cup defeat against Greek club Paok last week.

On Saturday, when Spurs continued on their triumphant Premier League march with a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, Pienaar was on the substitutes' bench but did not play any part in the proceedings on the pitch.

Pienaar's dilemma, it would seem, began soon after his transfer from Everton early in the year when he suffered a troublesome, recurring groin injury.

While his appearance for Bafana Bafana in the drawn Nelson Mandela Challenge game against Ivory Coast recently indicated he was over the injury, Pienaar has made no progress moving up in Spurs' pecking order.

Spurs are presently endowed with a plethora of outstanding midfielders of the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Scott Parker, Aaron Lennon, Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro, and Pienaar's prospect of displacing any of them looks as difficult as penetrating the walls of Fort Knox.

Pienaar's eclipse at Spurs could rub off on the national team as Bafana attempt to revive their fortunes following the nightmare of failing to qualify for the forthcoming African Nations Cup tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane deprived long-time captain Aaron Mokoena of the captaincy when his fortunes deteriorated in English soccer and Pienaar could be confronted with a similar situation as he now attempts to resurrect his career.

Read more on:    epl  |  steven pienaar
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Hottie of the day: Charlotte

Meet our hottie of the day, Charlotte. She feels sexiest after a good workout at the gym!

 
 

Men24.com

This is why guys shouldn’t be in photos
BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike
Want to start talking dirty?
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
Fixtures
24 November 2014
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 22:00
29 November 2014
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, The Hawthorns 14:45
Liverpool v Stoke City, Anfield 17:00
West Ham United v Newcastle United, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Swansea City v Crystal Palace, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Hull City, Old Trafford 17:00
Burnley v Aston Villa, Turf Moor 17:00
Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium of Light 19:30
30 November 2014
Southampton v Manchester City, St. Mary's Stadium 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, White Hart Lane 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.