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Name Jamie Redknapp
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  English Columnist
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Org England National Team
Club as Player Tottenham Hotspurs
Media The Daily Mail

2013 08 24 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Christian Benteke] I don’t like comparing players, but when Christian Benteke crashed in his superb equaliser against Chelsea, it was impossible not to think of Didier Drogba. It’s hard to believe he’s still only 22 because he’s a real monster. He’s got tremendous physical power, but also has the touch and ability to bring people into play

2014 11 08 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Manchester United’s defence against Manchester City] Look at the back four they ended up with: Valencia, McNair, Carrick and Shaw. That’s the worst back four you’ll ever see!

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Steven Gerrard] When he was a kid, Stevie would clean my boots. I told him I would get him some of his own and asked him what size he wanted. ‘6, 7, 8, 9 or 10!’ he answered

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Thierry Henry] I know from playing against Thierry Henry how good a player he was. His game was built around incredible pace, power, and finishing, not to mention the ability to read the game better than most

2015 08 21 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Thierry Henry] He’d run past you like you weren’t there. For a couple of years he was the best player in the world. Two or three players would try to foul him, but he’d just cut inside and put it in the top corner

2015 08 22 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp on Thierry Henry] He was so quick, so graceful. It was almost like he could run through a puddle and wouldn’t make a splash. He was that good, it was effortless during the game. The first time I played against him, he used to drift to the left side of the pitch, he used to cut in, pick the ball up, go past two, and just bend it into the corner. Boy, how do you do that? He was such a good player

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Considering he wasn’t so big, it’s amazing the amount of headers he scored – he crashed them in from 20 yards too. As brave as a lion, he’s a bit of a throwback, but with a modern touch

2017 03 08 Retrieve

[Quotes on John Terry] John Terry has been the best Premier League defender I’ve seen, the best centre-back I’ve ever played against. He’s just been a warrior

2018 03 12 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil brings up 50 Premier League assists in record time] He’s a quality footballer. When the ball is at his feet you never know what’s going to happen, but you always know he can find the right pass. When he gets on it and you give him a little bit of time to play, he can manoeuvre the ball so well

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham Midfielder Jamie Redknapp writes about England’s Raheem Sterling] For years now, I have bemoaned the lack of English No 10s coming through the ranks. You look at Spain and the names trip off the tongue: Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Isco, David Silva. There is a conveyor belt of Spanish creative geniuses. In Raheem Sterling, however, England may finally have the closest thing to a master manipulator on the ball. Sterling starts wide on the right for Manchester City but in England’s friendlies last week he was the perfect 10

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham manager] He likes experience, and isn’t really one for playing young players, but you can’t argue with what he’s done in the game

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp feels that there is an element of mystery in Arteta’s quote, saying that it is difficult to judge whether he will be able to cope with the intense pressure] When you’re an assistant you don’t have to lead the players, leave anyone out, annoy a lot of people. When you’re on the sideline and you have to make that substitution with 10 minutes left. Until you physically have to do it, time in, time out, nobody knows how you are going to deal with pressure

I have seen many great No 2 really fight like No 1. The fact that Mikel Arteta has been working with Pep Guardiola will help to some extent, but he has to do it in his own right. He has great credibility in the game, everyone speaks very well of him , but we will only discover in time how to cope with that pressure, because it is unique

It’s something totally different when you don’t have to make those big decisions

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp says Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the potential to establish himself as Everton’s first-choice centre forward and could even force his way into the England squad] With Carlo Ancelotti as a manager and Duncan Ferguson as a mentor, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is getting the best of both worlds. One is a world-class coach who has worked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and more. The other is a man who knows what it takes to be Everton’s No 9, and that is not an easy job. Think of the greats who wore that shirt in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, from Joe Royle to Bob Latchford to Graeme Sharp. Think of the defenders who had to face Big Dunc and got a face full of No 9 while trying to mark him. You could forgive Calvert-Lewin for maybe feeling haunted by those iconic players of the past. It comes with a great deal of pressure to carry that number on your back. My experience with centre forwards taught me that they are a different breed. They almost need the kid-glove treatment. They like to be loved and told how good they are. What Ancelotti said (after Saturday’s win over Newcastle) will give Calvert-Lewin belief. It will give him confidence to hear a man with his reputation saying that about him

[The Toffees have again been linked with a number of strikers in next month’s transfer window but Redknapp believes Calvert-Lewin could save the club several million pounds] It feels like every transfer window, you hear about how Everton simply have to sign a top striker. But Calvert-Lewin should want to take on that role himself. I’d love to see him have a real crack at it. If this young forward is willing to listen and wants to learn, he might save that club an awful lot of money in the summer. Calvert-Lewin is already a nightmare to mark because he doesn’t stop running. You cannot doubt his work rate or desire. He is a big boy, too - strong, physical, capable of battling with any defender. He’s seen Tammy Abraham earn his shot with England under Gareth Southgate. He’s seen Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford rack up those caps. Calvert-Lewin should want that for himself, too

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp says Van Dijk is Terry, Vidic & Ferdinand rolled into one and can be better than all of them] We are only halfway through the season but already nobody comes close to Virgil van Dijk in the race for Player of the Year. He is the one player every team would love to have in their side. Think of the best defenders in Premier League history - John Terry, Rio Ferdinandand Nemanja Vidic. Van Dijk is all three players rolled into one. He reads the game like Terry and is a lovely passer, getting the ball out of his feet and spraying 30-yard balls. Van Dijk is blessed with the pace of Rio, too. Rarely do you see him caught out in a one-v-one situation. While he is not as aggressive as Vidic, he has that same warrior spirit and will to win. He is calm, cool, composed in the air and is a brilliant leader

[Redknapp added on Van Dijk’s potential to cement legend status while landing major honours] Never mind player of the season - if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender. I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles. To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League. If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp does not believe Mesut Özil could play for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool] Whoever plays in the midfield, if you don’t run the length of the field and push and press, you’re not going to play

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp on Mason Greenwood] I remember talking to Nicky Butt about eight months ago and he said Mason Greenwood was the best young player he’s ever seen at Manchester United. That is some statement considering all the players they’ve produced, like the Class of ‘92. There’s nothing he can’t achieve with his pace and power

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Coutinho signing would stop Mason Mount from getting opportunities] I don’t see this one as a goer. It’s an awful lot of money. I really like him, he’s an extremely talented player but he doesn’t get enough goals. They’ve got Mason Mount there too. Frank’s obviously given a lot of trust in the young players and they’ve come through.

Willian and Pedro are out of contract this summer but I just don’t see them spending £79m on a player, especially with the way the club’s been run in recent years. When you’ve got Mason Mount coming through, why would you want to risk him not having the opportunities? He’s a top player himself

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Jamie Redknapp says With Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba fully fit, Manchester United will be a powerful force when the Premier League resumes] There are important players coming back. It will be interesting to see the dynamic in midfield, too, with Paul Pogba coming back as well. There’s so much talent in that area now and if you can get that midfield working together then you’ve got a really big chance. Teams will be nervous about United. The likes of Chelsea that are already in the top four will be looking over their shoulder

[With matches set to be played behind closed doors and fans asked not to gather around stadiums, the title celebrations won’t be what Liverpool players, staff and supporters had been anticipating - but Redknapp says they will be special nonetheless] It’s been 30 years. It’s a long, long time to wait for that to happen. I think all the teams coming back now - whether you’re in a relegation fight or you’re fighting to try to get in the top four - there will be a lot of nerves. But the one team that are going to come back and cannot wait to get started is Liverpool. They know what’s ahead of them. They’re probably buzzing.

I was talking to Jordan Henderson a couple of weeks ago, and you could see it in his eyes, he’s so pleased that football is starting again, because they want to win it in the best way possible. It’s not ideal, the fans aren’t going to be there, it’s not going to be in the ideal environment for them but they need to get their hands on the trophy, they deserve it - whether you’re a Liverpool fan or not we can all acknowledge it’s a very special football team that Jurgen Klopp has created. And the fact they’re going to get their hands on the trophy, be it in one week, two weeks or whenever it is, it’s correct, it’s right. I’m really looking forward to that moment for Jordan Henderson and all his team-mates to have that moment. I wasn’t lucky enough to have it and obviously some great captains like Steven Gerrard weren’t either. So for Jordan and his team it’s going to be a very special moment and I’m excited to see it

2020 06 16b Retrieve

[The Premier League clubs have agreed to do the same to help prevent players from sustaining injuries. As with the Bundesliga, teams will only be able to make those substitutions at three different moments in the match] It’s a sensible thing to do, without a doubt. Even going forward, I don’t think it’s a major problem, if you have good squads, it gets players involved. People want to see players fit and able to play, and there will probably be more injuries than usual because players won’t quite be at that match fitness or match tempo, so five subs makes a lot of sense