Harry Redknapp believes the success of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli this season shows why Premier League clubs should look to sign more players from Football League clubs.
Vardy has risen up from non-League with Halifax and Fleetwood Town to become the country’s most in-form marksman and scored in his 10th successive game on Saturday to equal the Premier League record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Alli, meanwhile, joined Tottenham in the summer from MK Dons, but despite making the leap up two divisions, has become a mainstay in the Spurs midfield and earned rave reviews for his performance for England in last week’s 2-0 win against France.
Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee had the chance to sign Alli before pulling the plug on the deal, and Redknapp says both players are the perfect example of why Premier League clubs should not be afraid to shop in the lower leagues.
“I am certain that we are producing quality footballers throughout England,” Redknapp said in his column in the Daily Telegraph. “You do have to wonder how many other players with similar potential could have been missed by Premier League clubs who might be focusing on other markets around the world.
“Premier League clubs have never had more scouts in every corner of the globe but two of the best players this season are proving what talent there still is under their noses.”
Redknapp has been impressed with Vardy’s ferocious scoring form and believes he can contribute for England at Euro 2016 next summer.
“He (Vardy) is the sort of striker defenders hate to play against,” Redknapp said. “He has got pace and energy; he tracks back and does not give you a moment to relax. His confidence is sky high and he is also showing how well he can finish.”