Midfield ace Niko Kranjcar has once again endured a frustrating season on the periphery at Spurs.
But to his credit, the talented Croatia international has kept his head up and been prepared to bide his time.
And the cogs of fortune are just starting to turn in his favour.
Injuries to Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and winger Aaron Lennon have freed up a midfield spot for Kranjcar.
It’s a chance he has grasped, impressing as slick Spurs turned on the style to slaughter Newcastle 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Kranjcar showed what he’s all about with a busy performance, good ball retention and a poacher’s finish, when a chance opened up for him.
That goal, safely guided home after the ball ran loose from the majestic Emanuel Adebayor’s efforts, put Spurs 4-0 up, ensuring the team could coast through the rest of the contest.
Kranjcar completed a very welcome 90 minutes and must be in prime position to continue his resurgence at Stevenage in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Aaron Lennon may be pushing for a return to the starting XI, after returning from his recent injury woe with a second-half appearance against the Toon.
But Kranjcar could easily switch from the right to the left, if, as expected, Welsh wing wizard Gareth Bale is rested for the Cup clash.
However, with van der Vaart also making his way back to fitness, Kranjcar faces another furious battle to hang on to his starting place.
There must be no dip in form or work-rate.
He’ll need to keep on top of his game – a match-winning performance at Stevenage wouldn’t go amiss.
That’s the kind of impact required for Kranjcar to continually make his case for inclusion in the key league battles to come.
For now, Kranjcar has again proven his value to Harry Redknapp and the Spurs squad.
And he’s got to grab the opportunity to show he’s got the class to help ensure Spurs crown a fine season in style.Why not register (It's free) and join in our discussions during the 2013/14 season
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