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Not long after his significant exclusion from the England squad to face Egypt on Wednesday, Bobby Zamora has received more praise from yet another section of the footballing world.

As his side prepare for our clash at the Cottage, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has claimed his London side made a big mistake when selling hitman Zamora in 2004.

Then manager David Pleat, who was in temporary charge at White Hart Lane, let Bobby slip through his hands by selling him as part of a deal which brought Jermain Defoe the other way.

At the time the deal seemed pretty decent for Spurs and Zamora's departure went wholly unnoticed.

Now though, as the striker replicates some of the finest form of his career, people are finally standing up and taking notice of the forward who, in all honesty, offers everything you could ever want in a target man.

Despite the fact BZ never hit it off at Spurs, scoring only one goal in his brief stint, Redknapp feels the lad had always shown signs of being a quality footballer.

'Tottenham let Zamora go too quickly,' stated the former Portsmouth gaffer.

'He was a terrific schoolboy footballer at West Ham but then he disappeared out of the game.'

'I was manager of West Ham at the time and Frank Lampard Snr used to tell me what a good player Zamora was as a kid. But he stopped playing football and West Ham let him go.'

Despite a reserved dislike of Harry Redknapp following his antics at Portsmouth, I do feel his words are pretty truthful and that, coming from such a respected and wise football coach, Zamora should take his words warmly.

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Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 6 2010

Time: 1:35PM

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As a spurs I ahve to say letting him go in 2004 was not a mistake, we on about 6 yars ago, thats a heck of a long time to wait for a player to 'hit form' . just saying... ;)
He scored 2 in 35 prem games last year can't see how we made a mistake letting him go, i mean he's averaging 1 goal every 6 prem games in his fulham career.
daveeeeed ginola
haha, Arry does talk some housen sometimes He would have said that with a glint in his eye.
I thought at the time Zamora was unlucky as we had only signed him in the previous transfer window, especially after the protracted way we signed him from brighton in the first place. But this was to get Defoe, so perfectly justifiable given the amount of goals Defoe has scored and other than this year, howfew zamora has acored.
the time is now the man is bobby zamooooooooooooooooooora
truth sayer ffc
Irrelevant, Bobby is our player now, Harry just likes to be in the limelight. Why even comment?
How come Zamora is only good now after 10 years. Seriously, who cares? Another average striker.
He went to Spurs too soon, the step up for Brighton was too much for him, but I am sure that if Spurs came calling again we would be leaving Fulham like a shot.
once biten and all that better be a big fish in a small pond then sit on the bench or even crouch me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Imagine what Roy could do with Fulham if he had just a bit of money to spend - A good solid team, good luck to FFC, their club and fans. I hope they spank Juve, but I think Spurs will be in the semi final!
i'm sure bobby would jump at the chance to get the "Pavlyuchenko" treatment from 'Arry... or the "Bent" treatment... is 'Arry going to comment on forcing bent out of the club after the season Bent's had a Sunderland... or should we expect to see Mrs. Redknapp on the team sheet for the replay...
mixed opinion - no surprise there then!
Al Billy

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