Some thoughts on the Van der Vaart deal


Rafael Van Der Vaart

So it’s 6pm on Tuesday and the transfer window slams shut but the skeletal, spindly fingers of Daniel Levy combine with the force 10 gale that is Harry Redknapp’s mouth and somehow force a gap in the glazing wide enough for Rafael Van der Vaart to jump through.

All summer long, from the outside it’s looked like we’ve needed cover in the goalkeeping and central defending departments and a boost to the forward and creative midfield areas. With just Sandro (and how many Sandra Redknapp jokes are we going to hear in the next few months) and Gallas newly signed it looked like we were nowhere near covering all those areas but add keeper Stipe Pletikosa (household name in Split apparently) to the Dutchman with the snigger-inducing name and Redknapp could argue that everything’s sorted & job done.

If nothing else, the signing of Van der Vaart has made us forget the Wigan shambles and view the upcoming Moneybags league games with more optimism. More than that though, he seems like a good chap. He grew up in a caravan to become one half of the Dutch equivalent of Posh and Becks but he’s reported as a modest & humble individual, proud of his background and one who hasn’t let success go to his head. He seems to be as excited about the move as we are.

What a contrast to two years ago when we signed Fraizer Campbell on loan on deadline day. We’ve ended up with one of the best left feet in Europe on our books who if he puts in as much effort as Campbell did for us, is guaranteed to become a crowd favourite. As well as a player who can play anywhere in the front four or five and get goals, we’re actually going to have a player in the team who might trouble the keeper from free kicks around the box and what a change that’ll make.

So where’s he going to fit in the team? Unless Harry decides to move away from 4-4-2 then it’s got to be up front. In midfield we’ve got Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Huddlestone, Bale, Palacios, Sandro, Jenas, O’Hara and Bentley to name but ten all fighting for a place. In attack the pickings are much slimmer with Pav, Robbie and Gio doing little at the moment to suggest that they’re going to do much more than make up the numbers. Defoe and Crouch are our current first choice forwards but both are currently carrying knocks and neither will be picked for every game anyway. I’d expect Harry to try and start the new boy alongside or just behind one of those two at least at the beginning and until he gets the pace of the Premier League.

Wherever he plays he’s going to add class, touch and poise. Everyone’s agreed that this appears to be the signing of the summer and I for one can’t wait to see him in action.


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  1. If Spurs have any decency, they should release Gio no later than January. Not on a loan, but for good. Liverpool would be more than happy to get him. Let him play elseweher and deliver his magic for a better crowd.

  2. It's a great signing, positionally, I think. I suspect that Van der Vaart will slot into central midfield alongside Huddlestone, allowing Modric to move back over to the left, which would enable Bale to play in his best position – he's much more dangerous making runs from deep in the left back position, so I think it'll work perfectly.

  3. Modric will remain in the middle, he has grown in stature and made this position his own. I see VDV playing wide left or in the hole in a five man midfield.

  4. i can't deny that im dissapointed we didnt get the other Dutch man, you know, Mr Huntelaar, but i guess Van Der Vaart is a excellent signing given the price we paid and the potential impact he may have on the team. Id be happy to leave Bale on the left and give Modders some competition in the centre, although the thought of both Modders and Van Der Vaart in the middle is mouth watering. I hope Sandro lives upto expectations and his big head. Only means we need some decent cover at the back. I think we have enough players to do the job, move Charlie into a more central position, even Kaboul can play there. Just hope the strikers are able to start banging them in, then there will be no stopping us.
    Oh and @ trespasos (liverfool fan) if Liverfool wanted Gio why didnt they step up and make an offer for him ? Probably because he wouldnt want to play for ya shite, so stop dreaming. LOL

    • He [Huntelaar] has turned us down a couple of times ,so i dont think any more offers for him should be made .He clearly thinks little of us so let him try to reach his full potential at Schalke.Unless of course that nice man Mr Levy can get him for under 3 million.Stranger things have happened.

  5. i can see it being a change in formation now. 4-5-1. keepi up with chelsea, man utd, arsenal.

    corluka king dawson ekotto
    lennon ……sandro………bale
    …………….modric vdv

    just as an example. we have enough cover now to rotate players like sandro, modric, vdv, defoe, king (our cover could easily be huddlestone, palacios, krankjaer, dos santos, gallas/kaboul/bassong, keane/crouch)

  6. It's funny how many people are attacking Spurs for getting VDV. If clubs want a player they have to bid for them… no one else (as it seems Real are rubbishing Harry's "Bayern wanted him first line") came in for him, we did, we signed him… I think other clubs are starting to take notice of the threat Spurs pose this season.

    I saw today that the Metro are claiming VDV only came to spurs to manufacture a move to Man Utd. Well even if that's true, we'll enjoy him for a season, hopefully finish in the top 4 (thus able to attract more big name signings) and can then listen to bids for him. VDV's signed a 4 year contract, so i'd expect £20 mil upwards to let him go. A nice healthy profit on an £8mil outlay and money that can be used to secure the next big signing.

    Saw another article (again jealousy rearing it's ugly head) saying we didn't need him and we'd wasted our money, as we had Modric, Kranjaer, Bale and Bentley… As much as I like Modric, I fully expect VDV to be a better player, he is a definite improvement on our midfield options and wouldn't be surprised if Jenas has only til January before he's packing his bags…(about time too!)

    • Metro talk rubbish24/7 VDV HAS SIGNED A 4 YEAR CONTRACT so if whisky nose comes sniffing its a massive transfer fee say 30 million upwards.Can Manure afford it i have my doubts with their 700million debts.Remember Fergie will have to deal with that nice Mr Levy and we all know how Fergie enjoys that ,30.75million last time was,nt it,and its noticable they have not signed any big fee players since.

  7. We should play a 4-3-2-1 formation, with huddlestone playing in front of the back four, where he can control the game and make his passes, lennon and bale on the flanks making their trademark runs, and luka and vdv playing behind a lone striker. COYS!

  8. dont know why some in the media rate the VDV move as pointless given our already good current stock of midfeilders! .. VDV definately adds more quality to our squad.
    i can really imagine harry pushing bale back to LB, as although BAE has put in some good performances (i.e 2nd leg against young boys) he still looks really skakey at times (wigan). i,e the team looking as follows:

    Corluka King Dawson Bale
    Lennon Hudd/Sandro VDV Modric
    Crouchy Defoe

    i dont see a problem with this as modric likes to drift inside which still allows bale to bomb down the left.
    with this team i feel we can beat anyone!

  9. This is undoubtedly our best signing of the last 10 YEARS!!

    FInally a proven, left footed, world class attacking midfielder. The equivalent of a Lampard or Gerrard.

    He's only 27 – in his prime for the next 4 years.

    The new formation should be: Modric, Van Der Vaart, Huddlestone, Lennon

    With Bale dropping to left back. A potentially mouthwatering combination. Huddlestone will still need to play in the midfield to provide that defensive midfield cover.

    Modric – Van Der Vaart – Huddlestone – Lennon

    When on form that should be challenging for the leading premiership midfield.

  10. First choice in Europe it should be 4-2-3-1:
    Modric – VDV – Lennon
    Huddleston – Palacios
    Bale – King – Dawson – Corluka

    That leaves poor quality opposition and Carling cup with a fully rested 4-4-2 team of

    Crouch – Defoe
    Krancjar – Sandro – Jenas – Dos Santos(/Bentley)
    Ekotto – Gallas – Kaboul – Naugton

    Is it just me or does the reserve team still look better than what we had two years ago!

  11. I aint going to get too carried away yet with VDV until I see him perform regularly, he has a good left foot and will definately score the odd good goal but all round he lacks alot and definately isn't in the world class role. Sandro is also unproven and I think Gallas was a major mistake as not only is he past it but he is a major disruption to all the teams he plays in. I really think Harry has got this wrong and should have signed a striker and a different defender.

    • well i think YOU are wrong!! look the 3 players we have bought have 1 thing in common THEY ARE WINNERS AND HAVE WON CHAMPIONSHIPS!! something seriously lacking at spurs for years, we need these type of players to progress and push our other players to believe in themselves, anybody on here who doubts the ability of sandro are seriously in for a shock, the lad is 10 times the player palacios will ever be and he is gonna be our defensive (makalele) midfielder without a doubt, even harry has said he is expecting big things from him and he will get it, gallas is not a trouble maker which wenger has also pointed out, he is just a winner and wants to win whatever the cost, as for VdV well i don't need to point out his abilities as everyone should know.

      this is how i see our first team panning out…………


      corluka, dawson, king, bale


      lennon, huddlestone, modric




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