Spurs: Five to watch
ManUtd.com takes a look at Tottenham's players to watch in Sunday's Carling Cup final...
Forward Age 27
The competition's joint leading scorer with Carlos Tevez, Roman Pavlyuchenko has six goals in the Carling Cup this season and 13 overall since joining Spurs from Spartak Moscow in the summer. Having starred for Russia in Euro 2008, the rangy frontman filled the number nine shirt vacated by Dimitar Berbatov at White Hart Lane and has proved to be a useful replacement for the Bulgarian. His glancing header in Spurs' FA Cup loss to United maintained his record of scoring in every English cup game he has played so far.
14 Luka Modric
Midfielder Age 23
One of the standout players at Euro 2008, Luka Modric has been a stellar addition to the Tottenham ranks. Having taken time to settle, the midfield playmaker is now beginning to demonstrate his skills: a sublime first touch, good feet and a dummy that can leave an opponent standing. Modric’s lack of pace occasionally allows his tackler to get back at him – and his strike rate is not yet what Spurs would hope for – but it seems his best form is not far away. Having been used, unsuccessfully, playing off a lone striker, Modric has more recently occupied the heart of midfield in a back-to-basics 4-4-2.
39 Jonathan Woodgate
Defender Age 29
Redknapp has been quoted as saying he would bet his life on Jonathan Woodgate. Certainly the tall centre-half has been instrumental in keeping the goals-against tally down (at home at least), and keeping Spurs heads up. Vocal and imposing, he’s every inch the leader on the pitch, even, when he deems it necessary, putting the team’s case to the man in black. It’s not stretching a point to suggest that for Tottenham to continue their push towards safety in the Premier League this season, Woody needs to stay fit…
7 Aaron Lennon
Midfielder Age 21