Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was involved in a heated debate with ex-Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp live on Sky Sports over the quality at Tottenham Hotspur.
The pair were in complete disagreement over the current state of Spurs' squad. Going into this afternoon's clash with Burnley, Jose Mourinho's side had recorded just one win from their last six matches.
Keane labelled Spurs an "average Premiership team", something that Redknapp - who had a three-year spell in north London - disagreed with.
The ex- United skipper opened with: “I certainly think the [Burnley] ‘keeper and the two centre-halves are better than what Spurs have got.
"I’d probably even say the two lads in midfield. I think Tottenham have got so many average players, we talk about the pressure Spurs have on them to get in the top four, but if you take Kane and Son out of that team, Spurs are an average Premiership team and I’m being polite.”
This sparked Dave Jones, the presenter, to go to Redknapp at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to ask for his thoughts on the matter. And here's every word between the pair that followed.
Redknapp: “I don’t think it’s an average team, no, or an average squad. It’s full of internationals, there’s a lot of quality in this team, I don’t think they’re playing to their maximum. If you look at the back four, Dier plays for his country, Sanchez plays for Colombia, Lloris plays for the number one country.”
Keane: “Playing for your country doesn’t make you a good player. If you can trap a ball you can play for your country these days. It doesn’t make you a top player. Dier has been giving goals away every week, last week he gave a goal away.”
Redknapp: “Yeah, he probably has. He’s been chopping and changing, playing with a different player every week, that doesn’t help. I don’t think that Jose knows his best team but I don’t think you can turn around and say this isn’t a strong squad - it’s full of internationals.”
Keane: “Being an international doesn’t make you a good player.”
Redknapp: “Are you saying these aren’t good players, Roy? Are you saying that Alderweireld, who plays for Belgium, is he not a good player?”
Keane: “He’s not bad. Would he get into any of the top teams in England? Man United wouldn’t take him, Man City wouldn’t touch him, I’m not even sure Leicester would take him.”
Redknapp: “I think he’s a better player than what you’re saying, Roy. He’d get into your Man United team right now.”
Keane: “I think Spurs were better two or three years ago with Trippier, Eriksen and when Alli had the hunger. Spurs are good on their day, like lots of teams. Jamie makes the point there that they’ve got lots of internationals. If you trap the ball, you’re going to play for your country. If you don’t play for your country now, you are a bad player.”
Redknapp: “That’s not what I’m saying, Roy.”
Keane: “Jamie, which players from this Spurs team would get in Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea’s team? You wouldn’t touch any of them, apart from Son and Kane.”
Redknapp: “Hojbjerg? Alderweireld would get in Man United’s team right now, I think he would. I don’t think the goalkeeper is good enough. The two right-backs, nah, I don’t trust them. The back four isn’t good enough. Reguilon is as good of a left-back than there is in the country, so I think you’ve got that wrong. I think he’s a class player.”
Keane: “That’s why Real Madrid let him go.”
Manchester United secured their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Real Sociedad.
Next up for the Reds is a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.
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Redknapp: “Oh, does that matter? Because Real Madrid let him go, that doesn’t make you a good player? That’s like saying if you don’t play for your country you’re not a good player, Roy.”
Keane: “Doherty has played for Wolves, who in the last year have done well and you’d expect them to compete. They sell him to Spurs for £15m, does anyone think Doherty is going to make Spurs a top-four team?”
Redknapp: “No, I agree with you. Are you saying that Reguilon isn’t a good player then?”
Keane: “Nope, he is a good player.”