He has been an ever-present in the league this season and become first-choice ahead of William Gallas. That is a remarkable turnaround for a player blamed for their awful start to the campaign, when they were heavily beaten by the Manchester clubs.
"In the two Manchester games he had a disaster and most of the goals were down to him," says Redknapp. "But since then he's just got better and better. He's got everything to become an absolute great centre-half. It's just that he switches off at times, but at the moment he's having a run where he's not switching off, not making silly mistakes."