Harry Redknapp has warned Premier League managers about the pitfalls of signing players on the back of a strong showing at the World Cup.
Speaking to Yahoo on ‘The 32’, our brand new daily World Cup round-up show, Redknapp admitted he he did just that when he was a manager, only for the players to end up being ‘useless’.
Recent examples of that happening elsewhere include James Rodriquez’s move to Real Madrid on the back of lighting up the 2014 event for Colombia, and in England, Salif Diao never quite made the cut at Liverpool, despite shining for Senegal in South Korea and Japan.
Whilst the former West Ham, Spurs and QPR manager was not keen to identify who he was talking about, when he was Hammers boss he signed Florin Răducioiu after EURO 1996.
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Răducioiu had scored Romania’s only goal in the tournament but, apart from a strike against Manchester United, his time at Upton Park was a definite failure, whilst bringing in Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas after Chile’s performance in Brazil were also post-tournament gambles.
“You get one or two who have a great tournament,” Redknapp explained. “You sign them and they’re useless.
“You bring them over here and they do nothing. You have to be very careful.”
And when pushed on the matter, Redknapp acknowledged that he was guilty of just that.
He added: “I made loads [of rubbish signings]. Any manager who says they have not is lying!”