MICHAEL Owen was always too quick for his own good – reckons QPR’s boss.
The injury-plagued former England and Liverpool star has announced intentions to quit at the end of the season after 17 years as a top-flight player.
Owen could come off the bench for Stoke City, as he did last week against Manchester United to bang another nail into Rs coffin – but Redknapp (pic) reckons the game will be a sorrier place without the 33-year-old.
The Hoops manager said: “I think like a lot of quick players he’s had hamstring injuries, and he would have played and scored more than he has without them – but he’s been a top player.”
Redknapp is just as worried one of Rangers own could also send them a step closer to the Championship If Peter Crouch gets a few more than six minutes as the Ealing-born-and-bred striker did last week.
The manager added: “Crouchy’s a QPR fan – and he’s always a problem to you. I know because I managed him at Southmpton, Tottenham and Portsmouth when he did it to others.”
But Redknapp is ready for Crouch and the aerial bombardment that is Stoke’s hallmark.
He said: “You’ve got to know what they’re going to throw at you because they’re a big strong team.”