The Daily Star have reported that Tottenham are targeting Gaston Ramirez or Milos Krasic as a replacement for the outgoing Rafael Van Der Vaart to Schalke amid reports of the Dutch international leaving the North London side.
Even though Van Der Vaart said “I’m happy in England and I want to stay” only two days ago, even Rafa has admitted that his future is not crystal clear, as he said “In football, you never know [about his future at Spurs].”
But, with talent such as Ramirez or Krasic being being linked to Spurs, are Tottenham better off cashing in Van Der Vaart to reinvest?
Just like being a Spurs fan, it is all swings and roundabouts. Whilst all 3 players have got some disadvantages, their positive attributes are very advantageous.
Firstly, Rafael Van Der Vaart has played 32 games this season and has come on as a substitute 5 times this season in all competitions. Therefore, playing a total of 37 games in this season’s campaign, Rafa has scored 12 goals and has assisted in making a further 7 goals, bring his total number of goals to 19.
So what is his biggest disadvantage? Well, with a pass success rate of 88% and only getting 3 yellow cards this season, it is clear that his footballing ability is not questionable. But at the age of 29 and being fairly injury prone, it is clear that this is his main downfall.
Secondly, Gaston Ramirez, a 21 year old Serie A player who plays for Bologna. Ramirez plays in the same position as Van Der Vaart but his scoring record lacks enthusiasm. Whilst both players have played an equal number of League games (starting 28 and being brought on for 5 games), Ramirez falls behind Rafa drastically when considering goals.
Ramirez scored 8 goals last season and assisted in 4, which is 6 less than Van Der Vaart and therefore questions his role if he was to move to Spurs. With a pass success rate only 72% and obtaining 1 yellow card every four games, it doesn’t look as if Ramirez is ready for the Premier League just yet.
And finally, Milos Krasic, a 27 year old Serbian international who helped Juventus in their incredible season for the last campaign. But, how much did he actually help? Starting 4 games in the League and being brought on as a substitute 3 times, clearly Krasic did not have such an influential role.
Especially considering that out of the 7 games he played in, Juventus only won 2. But, he has a pass success rate of 84.8% and has great shot accuracy as shown by the player scoring 1 goal this season despite only shooting 5 times.
So overall Levy has got a huge choice to make. If it was me however, Rafa would stay. Showing his influence in his successful tackling, putting in 110% to every game, and linking the defence and attack superbly. If Van Der Vaart still wants to play for Tottenham and is fit too, then I don’t see any reasons which suggests that Krasic and Ramirez should take his place in the team instead.
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