Paul Parker

  • No country for old man Becks

    Harry Redknapp has once again spoken of the possibility of bringing David Beckham back to the Premier League but in truth it would be a move that would suit only the player, and not Tottenham.

    Though Spurs would sell plenty of shirts - and in that respect signing him on a free transfer in November might make financial sense - it would bring few tangible benefits in terms of the football side of things. It would not be a good piece of business at all for Tottenham.

    But we know Harry likes to talk. By speaking so openly about his interest in Beckham he is sending a message to the fans about his

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  • Who would want to join Arsenal now?

    Arsenal need to take swift, decisive action in the transfer market after their 8-2 defeat to Manchester United but it will be very difficult for Arsene Wenger to sign the players he needs to drag his side out of this slump.

    What player of any note is going to want to go to Arsenal? Yes, they are in the Champions League group stage but can we really believe that they are going to get through to the latter stages?

    As a top-class player you do not want to join a side that is focused on producing kids, you want to join a club to win medals, to go down in history. Trophies come first, and at

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  • Time for Capello to turn off Lamps

    It's time for Fabio Capello to bring the curtain down on Frank
    Lampard's international career.

    Lampard was on the bench against Bulgaria and  will only slip further down the pecking order
    when Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere return from injury.

    Plus there are promising kids like Tom Cleverley and Jordan
    Henderson snapping at his heels - the writing certainly seems to be on the wall
    for the 33-year-old.

    Lampard has been a good servant over the course of his 87
    caps, even though he and Gerrard never quite worked out how to play in the same
    central midfield.

    There comes a point in every player's

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  • Adebayor a real challenge for Redknapp

    If Harry Redknapp does pull off a deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor and can restore the appetite the striker had during the 2007-08 season at Arsenal then he will have conducted a fantastic piece of business for Tottenham Hotspur.

    However, there is real risk attached to Adebayor. Will the Tottenham fans, who have abused him in the past, take to him? If not, how will he react? Will he sulk and throw his toys out of the pram? He can be an unpredictable figure.

    Adebayor's best period was the season before he signed his new contract at Arsenal and scored 30 goals in all competitions. After he was

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  • England must be more positive

    Franz Beckenbauer angered Fabio Capello with his barbs about England resorting to long-ball tactics against the USA, but the German legend got it right.

    The problem against the USA, like many other nations' opening game at this tournament, was Capello's overriding defensive stance. England were desperately short of ideas going forward, and by the end of the match were pumping hopeful balls upfield in search of a late winner.

    The selection of James Milner from the start said a lot, as did that of Emile Heskey. Heskey's not that mobile and more often than not with him in the side, a team is

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  • Tevez in a tricky situation

    The impasse over the future of Carlos Tevez following the collapse of his move to Corinthians leaves both player and club in an awkward position.

    After so publicly declaring he wants to leave Manchester City and then seeing his move to Brazil fall through this week, Tevez finds himself in a corner. He has been crying and screaming for 10 months about how he wants to leave the club due to personal issues, and I don't think Roberto Mancini wants him there. However, for the moment City need him, because they have not signed a replacement.

    There is little doubt he will leave though, because in the

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  • Ronaldo free-kicks a waste

    Alex Ferguson needs to have a word with Cristiano Ronaldo about his free-kicks.

    Against Inter, most of United's best chances came from set pieces around the box, which Jose Mourinho's side seemed happy to give away, knowing that Ronaldo would shoot every time, no matter how far out.

    He had that one right at the end that almost caught Julio Cesar out, but the rest of his set pieces made the goalkeeper look good.

    We've seen it before with Roberto Carlos, when he scored a couple of amazing ones that got shown around the world, but when you actually saw him taking them every week then he hardly

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  • Blues a threat to Mancunian candidates

    After a weekend in which Manchester United and Manchester City destroyed the opposition placed in front of them once again, I have heard suggestions that the Premier League is already a two-horse race and that comparisons have been drawn with the dominance enjoyed by Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.

    Absolute rubbish. Chelsea, it is important to remember, are still unbeaten and they will challenge strongly this season. In fact, given they haven't had the most stellar of starts in comparison to the Manchester teams, it is my suspicion that the Blues can only improve under Andre Villas-Boas,

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  • Jones the cream of the crop

    Manchester United's young players have started the season impressively but comparisons with the Fergie Fledglings of 1995 are premature. That famous crop - including David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes - came into a very physically demanding environment that was daunting for a young player.

    You had to be mentally stronger back then and by comparison it is easier for the new vanguard of talent to make their way in the Premier League. You cannot draw comparisons at present, as I believe the players of that era were more talented than the ones currently at Sir Alex's disposal.

    But in

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  • Play-off make or break for Arsenal

    UEFA handing Arsene Wenger an additional two-match ban ahead of Arsenal's trip to Udinese is yet another bitter blow for the Frenchman.

    It is just one thing after another for Wenger at the moment. It's becoming a real horror show.

    If someone who had never heard of football before started reading about the Gunners over the past week then they could be forgiven for thinking his full name was Beleaguered Arsene Wenger, so often has that adjective been used to describe his recent status.

    I think that UEFA's actions are petty, and have set a worrying precedent that they will be forced into

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