Kranjcar wants Modric link-up
Niko Kranjcar is relishing the prospect of lining up alongside fellow Croatian Luka Modric at Spurs.
Last Updated: 17/12/09 6:18pm
Niko Kranjcar is relishing the prospect of lining up alongside Croatian compatriot Luka Modric at Tottenham.
Harry Redknapp decided to raid Portsmouth for Kranjcar at the end of the summer transfer window after Modric suffered a fractured fibula against Birmingham in late August.
Modric has now returned to fitness and is such an essential part of Redknapp's plans that he is expected to reclaim a regular starting place over the next few weeks.
However, Kranjcar has excelled in the left midfield role that Modric used to occupy and the Spurs manager may be forced into a rethink.
Kranjcar insists the two can play effectively in the same team as they have done at international level, with Modric slotting into a more central position.
"I believe we play well together for the national team and I hope we're going to play together for Tottenham," said Kranjcar.
"For Croatia, he plays in the middle of midfield and I play down the left.
"We've proved throughout our careers that we can play together and that teams benefit from us two playing together.
"All we want is for Luka to get back to match fitness as soon as he can because he's a fantastic player who opens doors in games."
Room for improvement
Tottenham produced a sparkling performance in a 3-0 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday but they have struggled to reach such a level consistently.
Kranjcar feels Spurs have to learn to play against teams who set out to defend.
He explained: "In the games where we have a lot of room, we're going to show our qualities and prove we have a team and a squad better than most.
"Against teams like Wolves, who are hard to break down, we have to work on creating more chances and moving the ball even more quickly."