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Centre point

Posted on 4 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said he saw enough in Luka Modric's cameo performance in central midfield at West Brom to hand him that key role against Wigan - and he delivered in style.

Centre point

Harry Redknapp said he saw enough in Luka Modric's cameo performance in central midfield at West Brom to hand him that key role against Wigan - and he delivered in style.

The Croatian magician has been employed just behind a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation for most of Harry's time at the club so far but had to switch to a regular central midfield role with Didier Zokora moving to left-back after Benoit Assou-Ekotto's red card in the first half at the Hawthorns on December 28.

Handed the position by Harry for Friday's FA Cup third round tie against the in-form Latics, Luka responded with a performance full of energy and his typical panache, capped with the second goal in our 3-1 win.

Harry reflected: "I played Luka in a basic 4-4-2 as a central midfield player and I've never done that with him before.

"It was a gamble but he showed enough at West Brom when we went down to 10 men, I dropped him into midfield and he coped great, it wasn't a problem for him.

"I thought 'let's see if he can play in there' with Zokora to give protection - he covers the ground, shuts players down.

"I think we can play Luka in there because he's so good on the ball, he keeps the ball and is a great little footballer.

"He's strong enough and certainly good enough. I can't see any reason why he can't play in there for us. He was terrific."

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