Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar hopes he has done enough so far this season to prove to Harry Redknapp he is worthy of a regular starting berth.

Kranjcar is reported to have come close to leaving the club during the transfer window but, with Luka Modric and Sandro missing, Redknapp has needed the expertise of the 27-year-old in midfield.

The Croatian played a starring role in the 5-0 defeat of Hearts in late August, while he was also handed starts in both of Spurs' league outings thus far.

However, things have hardly gone to plan for Kranjcar as far as the league is concerned, with Spurs falling to heavy defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Manchester City.

He is, though, feeling positive about his future in north London and is determined to keep his place in the side.


"It's great to have the opportunity to play and hopefully play more often," he said.

"Of course it was a difficult time for me last season. I enjoy being here at Spurs, I always think about the club first but I love playing football and it's tough when you are not doing that.

"I didn't get my chances last season but every time I was selected I gave it my best because that is the way I was brought up.

"Now I'm trying to do the same this season. I'm delighted to feature in our first couple of matches and I'm hoping I can get more games."

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