MILAN ITALY - FEBRUARY 14: Niko Kranjcar of Tottenham Hotspur in action during a training session on the day before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro Stadium on February 14 2011 in Milan Italy. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Niko Kranjcar is probably the most unlucky player (aside from Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate) on Tottenham Hotspur’s books at the moment. No matter how hard he tries in training, he can’t get a string of starts in the first team.
Rumours were abound that Kranjcar turned up at the start of the season overweight. Kranjcar took it upon himself to get fit, hone is skills and make himself available for first team selection. Kranjcar managed to get a few substitute appearances and of course, his continued selection for Croatia kept him relatively fresh.
Since the turn of the year, Kranjcar has struck spectacular winning goals at home to Bolton and away at Sunderland. The technique and accuracy shown in those strikes was no fluke. Yet, in Harry Redknapp’s mind, Steven Pienaar is ahead of Kranjcar in the pecking order. This was proved when Pienaar walked into the starting line up away to Newcastle and AC Milan, this despite Kranjcar’s exploits in previous weeks.
It’s know that a lot of Premier League footballers are overly familiar with their club's training ground. This has often been the case for Kranjcar. Here’s hoping Kranjcar becomes more of a familiar face in our first team set-up rather than at Spurs Lodge alone.