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Harry Redknapp knows his onions when it comes to spotting talent

Here’s everyone’s favourite likely lad Harry Redknapp giving his opinion on the best player in the world, Lionel Messi:

“He’s a skinny runt who looks nothing like a modern-day footballer really.

“He has funny little legs that move awkwardly when he runs and if he turned up at your club as a 16-year-old, you’d send him away with a pat on the head and tell him he’d no chance of making it.”

And that, is a classic example of the British attitude to scouting young players…

5 responses so far
  • Harry Redknapp // May 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    “David Bentley on the other hand…”

  • No Hooligans // May 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    What a coup! Harry Redknapp actually commented on your post!

  • R2Dad // May 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    …which only points out that different countries value different qualities. If Messi appears a skinny runt, Harry’s not looking at him from the waist down, where all Messi’s power is generated. So is Harry a twit, even though he doesn’t play Spain/Barca’s possession game, or is he the next England manager because he understands how the English play?
    Probably both…

  • marek // May 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    We have an expression that we use jokingly do describe british football where I come from:
    “Like the english say: nothing good can happen when you keep the ball too long.” said in a mocking tone when a team cant cobble three passes in a row, when the ball bounces of the shins and when teams insist on route 1.

    Arry’s a cartoon character but it helps reinforce the myth.

  • Brian // May 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Now Emile Heskey on the other hand… that’s the type of body a proper footballer needs. Either that or Walcott’s exquisite (but useless) speed.

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