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Squad the key

Posted on 15 March 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has seen the strength of the squad underlined in recent weeks.

Squad the key

Harry Redknapp has seen the strength of the squad underlined in recent weeks.

We've been without the likes of Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Ledley King and David Bentley but results have been maintained - we're now on a run of two defeats in 19 matches - as we chase fourth place in the Barclays Premier League and a return to Wembley in the FA Cup.

Harry's reshuffle with central midfielders Tom and JJ both missing has seen Luka Modric play inside from the left, Gareth Bale excel in left midfield and fit-again Benoit Assou-Ekotto back at left-back.

"We've had injuries galore, a lot of players missing, but the lads who have come in have all done the job and that's great for us," said Harry after Saturday's 3-1 win against Blackburn.

"Luka's gone central with Wilson, Niko Kranjcar's ended up on the right when really he likes to play on the other side, but they are fantastic footballers.

"Suddenly, from having Niko and Luka fighting for the left, we've now got Gareth Bale playing there. You can't even dream of leaving him out the team at the moment.

"We've been without Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley and they are as good a central defensive pairing as anywhere, but Michael Dawson has been fantastic, a real leader. Sebastien Bassong has done a great job alongside him as well."