So wasteful of Niko (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
In modern football it seems as if the player is in control at all times. The club may have a player under contract, but when a player wants to go, he usually goes. That's not going to be the case with Niko Kranjcar though. He's made it clear he wants to play regularly and Harry Redknapp, for whatever reason, hasn't obliged. It appeared as if the Croatian would move on this summer, but according to his agent Adrian Aliaj, Tottenham will make the decision on whether he stays or goes.
"At this moment I cannot comment on any market rumors. It is for Tottenham to decide whether the player leaves or not," he told firenzeviola.it.
"I read a lot of news about him in newspapers, but his future is in the hands of the English club," he added. "Niko has a contract with Tottenham, and then I cannot say if he wants to stay or not. Certainly his priority is to play with more regularity."
So it's up to us. That's nice because I actually would like to keep Kranjcar. He's versatile and performed well every time he got the chance. He might not be the fastest of players, but that doesn't make him ineffective. Strangely, 'Arry also has nothing but good things to say about him. "He's a good lad. A hard worker." We hear that all the time from him, yet that plus good play can't get him on the field.
If he's not going to play we might as well let him go. He's good enough to play regularly for a good club and should. Hopefully that club will be us, but I won't hold my breath. He's probably gone or sitting on our bench while we throw our arms up wondering why.