Select a Team

Prev Game: Barclays Premier League Sun 4th Oct

prev game - Tottenham Hotspur
team 1 score team 2
Swansea 2 - 2 Tottenham

Next Game: Barclays Premier League Sat 17th Oct

next game - Tottenham Hotspur
team 1 score team 2
Tottenham 12:45 Liverpool

Redknapp admits Rafa problem

Dutchman's defensive shortcomings leave boss with headache

Last Updated: 06/10/11 9:01am

  • Share:
Van der Vaart: Performing well in attack but Redknapp is facing a tough decision over the make-up of his team

Van der Vaart: Performing well in attack but Redknapp is facing a tough decision over the make-up of his team

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Harry Redknapp has indicated that he will now have to choose between Jermain Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart for a place in the Tottenham team after the Dutchman voiced his frustration at being played on the wing.

Van der Vaart stated earlier this week that he did not enjoy the defensive side of his role after being selected on the right flank for Sunday's North London derby victory over Arsenal.

He also admitted he was not happy about being substituted and criticised Redknapp for commenting on his most recent injury.

Redknapp recognises that Van der Vaart is most effective in a central role, but his preference of late has been to use Defoe as a second main striker alongside summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor.

With both forwards performing well and Scott Parker, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale also in good form, Redknapp admits it is a problem fitting Van der Vaart into the side, especially now that he has expressed feelings of discontent.

Great skill

"Yes, it does seem to be a problem. Rafa can't run back and chase the full-back. Against the better teams it is a problem," the Spurs manager said in The Sun.

"Rafa's best position is in the middle, playing just behind the front man.

"The only problem is that Jermain Defoe plays there too and Jermain is playing very, very well at the moment.

"So, I guess I have got a decision to make, haven't I? I suppose it's now between Rafa and Jermain over who plays in the team."

Redknapp added: "Rafa is a terrific footballer. He has great skill. But if you're in the team and asked to do a job, really, you should just do it."

  • Share:



Most Popular


Rise of Dele Alli

Rise of Dele Alli

Tracking the rise of England new boy Dele Alli with the help of those who know him best.

Dier for England?

Dier for England?

With Tottenham legend Ledley King backing Eric Dier, we look at his Euro 2016 prospects.

Baldini's Spurs: hit or miss?

Baldini's Spurs: hit or miss?

Franco Baldini oversaw 14 signings at Spurs. From Stambouli to Eriksen, we rate the hits and misses...

Missing Men

Play Missing Men

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's 2-1 win v Arsenal in 1999