Robinson future in doubt

Goalkeeper on bench for Chelsea defeat

Robinson: On bench

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Paul Robinson's future remains in doubt after he was again left on the bench for Tottenham's 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.

Radek Cerny, preferred for the midweek Carling Cup draw with Arsenal, was again selected by Juande Ramos for the London derby.

Cerny was beaten by two superb goals from Juliano Belletti and Shaun Wright-Phillips, with Robinson left looking on from the sidelines.

When asked if the England international had handed in a transfer request, Spurs number two Gus Poyet did not issue a denial.

No comment

He told Sky Sports: "I would say no comment, because I don't know. You are the first one to tell me that.

"I don't know. We like him. We said last week there is nothing wrong with Robbo. He's part of the team and was involved today in the squad."

Poyet admitted he was frustrated by the constant transfer speculation during January, and will be glad to see the back of the transfer window.

He added: "There are always going to be rumours, but we are not worried about. I would like to go to bed tonight and wake up on 1st February."

"Sometimes it is too much, there are too many rumours. It is every day with someone different coming or going, so it is very difficult to comment on every single one."

Downing

Spurs have been linked with an approach for Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing, and Poyet was happy to admit that he was an admirer.

He said: "He's a great player. If you ask me, I would love to have him."