Thankfully for Roy Keane, he was too smart and covered his own back after going on the offensive when discussing Tottenham before their clash with Burnley. “Spurs could win today two or three-nil and afterwards we’d be praising them,” he said. “But this idea that Spurs should automatically be top four because Mourinho’s a top coach… [Jose] Mourinho knows the game bloody better than all of us.”
Keane was his typically clinical self when assessing the club’s squad as the Sky Sports punditry team discussed their recent slump.
Yet Jamie Redknapp took offence to several of his comments and hit back from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as he talked up a handful of their players who later proved him right in the 4-0 demolition of Burnley.
The argument started after Keane claimed a number of Burnley players could start for today’s opponents.
“Definitely their goalkeeper and two centre-halves are better than what Spurs have got, and probably even the two lads in midfield,” Keane said.
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Redknapp also defended Sergio Reguilon, who Keane later sheepishly admitted was a “good player” and the Spaniard turned in a typically excellent performance.
Keane had questioned why Real Madrid had sold him but his display this afternoon proved he is a major asset for Tottenham when fit.
The front three of Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale and Harry Kane was also talked up by Redknapp, who was infuriated by Keane’s lack of acknowledgement towards their quality.
Just as they did last week at West Ham, all three looked incredibly dangerous alongside each other in the final third.
Son was the provider for Bale inside just two minutes and the Welshman curled home a beauty in the second half. There was a goal for Kane inside the opening 15 minutes.
As Keane does, he remained firm amid banter inside the studio at half-time as Spurs led 3-0.
It was clear that his comments were likely to backfire so close to kick-off, in a small victory for Redknapp and a massive one for Spurs in their top-four push.