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Gareth Bale poised for Spurs chance as Benoit Assou-Ekotto heads for Africa Cup of Nations

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22 Dec 2009 16:03:25

Gareth Bale poised for Spurs chance as Benoit Assou-Ekotto heads for Africa Cup of Nations

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale is ready for a run in the team next month when Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.   Bale has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane this season due to the form of left-back Assou-Ekotto, who Redknapp considers one of his most improved players in the last year.   Assou-Ekotto's form has earned him a call-up for Cameroon and means he will miss games in January, with Bale ready to step up rather than going out on loan for experience.   Opportunity: Bale Fine form: Assou-Ekotto 'He's worked hard, trained well and has been in good form,' Redknapp said. 'He's beginning to take his game forward. It's just that Benoit's been in great form, so Gareth has been unlucky not to play.   'I'm not looking for a left-back because you won't get a better one than Gareth Bale. He's an excellent player.'  Party is over as Redknapp demands his Spurs players pay £20,000 a manKeane on the way as Spurs look for swap with Celtic keeper BorucBruce makes £8m bid to take Spurs defender Dawson to SunderlandGomes hails his 'unbelievable' Spurs defence after back-to-back shut-outsNadir Belhadj is back on Harry Redknapp's Tottenham radarTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC


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