Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Young Spurs Keeper Given Chance By Redknapp

Young Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ben Alnwick is to be given the chance to impress new Spurs manager Harry Redknapp after the former Portsmouth boss opted to keep the former Sunderland player at White Hart Lane rather than send Alnwick back out on loan to Carlisle United.

Redknapp intends to have a closer look at 21-year-old Alnwick, with the Tottenham boss unsure of Brazilian International Heurelho Gomes, who has made a string of errors since his £8million summer move from PSV Eindhoven.

Alnwick has just returned from a four-week loan spell with Carlisle and despite manager Gregg Abbott wanting to extend the deal he understands the decision by Tottenham to want to keep the England Under-21 International.

“It was important that any decision that was made was in the best interests of the player,” Abbott told the official Carlisle United website.

“The coaching and management staff at Tottenham want to take a closer look at him, and it may open up an opportunity for him with them.

“We are happy to go along with that, as Ben obviously wants to show them what he is capable of.

“We thank Ben for his efforts over the course of the last four weeks. It has been a successfully stay with us and he is definitely still on our radar but, obviously, we wish him well with what he is trying to do with Spurs.”

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