Harry keen on Sandro bow

Spurs boss ready to bring in Brazilian

Redknapp: Thoughts on Carling Cup

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Harry Redknapp is looking forward to handing Brazilian starlet Sandro his Tottenham debut.

The 21-year-old summer signing is yet to make his Spurs debut as he only arrived from Internacional earlier this month.

Redknapp is now ready to bring in a number of his squad players for their Carling Cup clash with rivals Arsenal on Tuesday.

"I've been pleased with him," said Redknapp. "He's a good lad.

"He's in the Brazilian squad and you don't get too many bad players breaking into the Brazil national squad.

"We've got lots of players who need to play who haven't featured recently.

"They are good quality players who need games under their belt and some of the players need a rest.

"I can't keep using the same players. I am going to protect some of them.

"There will be lots of changes. Arsene Wenger's done it over the years and played the youngsters even in cup semi-finals. You've got to do what's right for the team."


Redknapp confirmed that highly-rated defender Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore could be handed starts.

"Caulker may play, Livermore may play and it will answer lots of questions about these kids. Are they good enough?" continued Redknapp.

"When I sent kids out (on loan) at West Ham every week I was getting phone calls that they were the best thing they'd ever seen. I knew Rio (Ferdinand) and all those were going to be great.

"Tomorrow will answer questions of whether some of these kids are good enough to play for Tottenham."

Despite the changes, Redknapp insisted that the Carling Cup remained important to the club.

"The Carling Cup is important. I can't understand teams in the middle of the table resting their players in the Carling Cup. You have a chance of going to

Wembley," he said.

"It's a chance to win a cup and I don't know why they mess about with their teams. It is different if you have Champions League football."