Dowie backing for Routledge
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iain Dowie expects Wayne Routledge to have a successful Tottenham career.Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie has backed former Eagle Wayne Routledge to have a long and successful Tottenham career.
The 21-year-old moved to Portsmouth on loan at the end of last month after failing to secure regular football at White Hart Lane, but Dowie believes that he is too good to be ignored when he returns to London at the end of the season.
Routledge, who helped Palace secure promotion to The Premiership two years ago and produced some eye-catching performances in the top flight under Dowie, struggled with injuries in the early part of Spurs' season and found his way back into the first team blocked by Aaron Lennon.
"He played every game for me," Dowie told Sky Sports News. "He's a very talented boy but he needs to play football so he's gone to Pompey.
"Aaron came in and did very well but I'm sure Wayne will come back to Spurs after a rest of season sabbatical and be a big player for them, there's no question about that in my mind.
"Apparently he was outstanding in his first game for Portsmouth.
"I'm sure in two or three years Spurs fans will be talking all about him. He's a good player and we wish him well."
Dowie also dismissed speculation suggesting that he was considering bringing Routledge back to Selhurst Park on a temporary basis.
"I don't think that would have been fair or right for anyone. Wayne had been here a long time and thought he needed a fresh challenge," he explained.
"He's taken the chance to go and play for a Premiership club and I hope he proves what a great player he is."