You’re always venturing down a questionable alley when you start querying the future of a player who has had as successful a debut season at Tottenham as Rafael van der Vaart has had this year. It’s my opinion however, that for the sake of balance, Rafael van der Vaartis one player who Tottenham can afford to lose this summer. Those of a temperamental mind, feel free to unload on me in the comments section, because really, I’m asking for it. For the more open minded amongst us, please read on and see if you agree.
As far as I can determine, Tottenham’s two major objectives this summer will be as follows: Keep hold of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale whilst addressing the striker situation at the club. Depending on your opinion of Heurelho Gomes you may also believe that Spurs need to bring in a goalkeeper, but that is somewhat beside the point.
If you were to ask Spurs fans which two players were most vital to any future success I’m sure they’d first answer ‘Luka Modric’ and then ‘Gareth Bale’. I understand that Rafael van der Vaart is a class above your average midfielder, but does that make him indispensible? I would argue that over the last couple of months his stature and standing at the club has had negative consequences. Harry Redknapp’s desperate attempt to accommodate Van der Vaart into Tottenham’s starting eleven has often proved costly.
Whilst Tottenham’s impotent striking force must take the blame for most of their sides’ failures this term, Van der Vaart’s situation hasn’t helped. Tottenham have one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League, with or without Van der Vaart. Given that his presence creates such a headache would now be such a bad time to cash-in?
Next season could see Tottenham struggle even harder to find a place for him in the team and find a formation that incorporates all their top players. If Van der Vaart’s form continues to decline, so too will his transfer value. At the moment he’ll command a hefty transfer fee, but if things were to continue along these lines for another season, who knows what he’ll be worth?
When you consider that Spurs desperately need funds to invest in a world class striker, the time may be right to move Van der Vaart on for the right price. A quality striker playing in a formation that suits Tottenham could be just what the North London side require if they are to achieve Champion’s League football once more by the end of next season.
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