Tottenham Hotspur’s Niko Kranjcar was delighted to hit an injury-time winner at White Hart Lane at the weekend to earn his side three very valuable points.
As the Spurs go marching on in a bid to defy the odds of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League for the second consecutive season, the Croatian international is determined to fight for his place and get himself back into first-team contention.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has used Kranjcar on just six occasions this season, with only one of those six appearances coming from the start – but this weekend’s fixture against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane proved to be the biggest impact the 26-year-old midfielder has made and he now wants to push on in a bid to secure more first team football.
Speculation surrounded Kranjcar’s future linking him with a move away from Tottenham in the January window and Spurs officials turned down an official £7million bid from Werder Bremen.
Despite being desperate for regular action, Kranjcar’s private life was also having an impact on his thought process behind his eventual decision to stay in North London to fight for his place reports the Daily Mail.
“It's been the hardest season for me. I'm not happy just to get paid my money, not play and just train. I've spoken to Harry about it and I think he understood me.
“I don't think I got the opportunity I was waiting for in January. My wife is pregnant and I wanted to stay with her. I wasn't desperate to leave.
“If the situation doesn't change then we will see in the summer. But I'd be a fool to say that because I scored against Bolton that I deserve to play now.”
Redknapp strengthened his Spurs squad further in the January window, adding to his midfield options with the signing of Steven Pienaar.
But with Barclays Premier League games coming thick and fast, as well as the Champions League for Spurs to think about, there will certainly be opportunity for squad rotation and the potential for more game time for the frustrated Kranjcar.