Tottenham Shake-Ups: How Spurs' Week Impacts Their Glorious Season and Beyond
Over the past few weeks, everything Harry Redknapp has touched has seemed to turn to gold.
First, he was found not guilty in his tax evasion case; then, he became the front-runner for the managerial position at England; and finally, he led Spurs to a 5-0 demolition of top-six rival Newcastle.
It was a run that makes you wonder if he shouldn't have gone to Las Vegas for a night to capitalize on his hot streak.
However, this week's news has been a little more up-and-down for the Spurs manager (albeit much more the up than the down).
Let's look at Spurs' week and how it will impact the future.
David Bentley Looks for Loan to MLS
Bentley came to Spurs as a hot young prospect, but has failed to impress as of late.
Spurs have loaned the Englishman out both last season (Birmingham) and this season (West Ham).
However, after the early season loan, Bentley suffered a knee injury and was back recovering at Spurs by October.
Injuries have certainly been a problem for Bentley in the past; given these problems and the fact that he is no where near first team play at White Heart Lane, Bentley thinks that an MLS move would be good for his rehabilitation.
Because Tottenham was already willing to let him go on loan, they will probably not be missing Bentley very much.
Verdict: No big deal by itself.
Huddlestone out for Season
Tom Huddlestone has only had four appearances for Spurs so far this season, but his season is certainly over as he is set to undergo a second ankle surgery this Friday.
The 25-year-old midfielder has looked like a fine young prospect for Tottenham, but has had a few injury issues.
In August, he suffered ligament damage to his ankle and has not played since.
While he has had virtually no impact on Spurs' season, the loss of Huddlestone as an option may pose a bit of a problem, especially given Bentley's absence.
With these two out of the fold, Tottenham will have 9 midfielders at their disposal: Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker, Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar, Danny Rose, Jake Livermore, and Sandro.
Rose has played more at defender and Sandro has had injury troubles, leaving only 7 comfortable choices.
Kranjcar has played least and at the lowest level of these players.
While Livermore has played well and shown great potential, trusting someone with such a low amount of experience in a title challenge will be tough.
Lennon has already had spells on the sideline with injury.
VdV has not made it 90 minutes in many matches.
All of these problems have made Spurs just a few injuries away from crisis in the midfield.
Clearly, having a emergency fall-back option would have added needed depth adnd been nice for the end of the season.
Verdict: Probably not awful, but a few more injuries could make it a big deal
Spurs Sign Uvini from Sao Paulo
On Wednesday, Spurs signed Brazilian defender Bruno Uvini on loan from Sao Paulo.
Just last summer, Uvini captained the Brazilian U-20 team to the World Cup championship.
If the Brazilian can impress in his playing time this season, Spurs have the option to sign him on a permanent move for only 3.2 million pounds.
With William Gallas at 34 and Ledley King at 31 (and on bad legs), Tottenham clearly has a need for depth at central defender.
Uvini should fill that need for years to come.
Verdict: Should be a fantastic signing for the short-term and the future.
Eden Hazard Hints at a Move to Spurs
Lille and Belgian attacking winger/forward Eden Hazard has become one of the most in-demand player in football.
Hazard had already claimed that he wanted a move to English football this summer.
Now, the Hazard has said, "Maybe it will be Tottenham. This is a big English club. I said I will go to England, and there are very good players."
If he were to go to Tottenham, the benefits would be enormous for Spurs.
Gathering more exciting playing partners will go a long way in keeping stars like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric on the squad.
And of course, it will make Spurs an even more exciting and competitive club in the Champions League.
Verdict: Potentially amazing news for Spurs.