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How will Spurs line up with Van der Vaart?

Rafael van der Vaart is an exciting signing for Spurs, but how will he line up in Harry Redknapp’s team this season? The midfielder is joining a club with a wealth of talent across the middle, including his fellow left-sided teammate Gareth Bale who has been one of Spurs finest performers in recent months.

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Van der Vaart was made captain of Ajax at a young age where he made his name as a prodigal attacking midfielder. However despite the prestige associated with his name, the Dutch footballer has yet to make the impact that his precocious talent suggested he would as a young footballer.

Indeed he has often been a controversial player, having fallen out with fans in the past as well as being accused of liking the nightlife too much during his time at Ajax. However as a married man his off-field distractions have been reduced but his recent time at Real Madrid was better off forgotten. Despite a good goalscoring rate, Van der Vaart was never a first choice player under Juande Ramos and although Manuel Pellegrini tried to sell him, he eventually stayed at the club and managed to stay within the fringes of the first team.

Jose Mourinho’s arrival spelled the end of his Madrid days as he became surplus to requirements. So what will Spurs fans make of their new star and will the 27-year-old finally find the right club in which to fulfil his talent?

Spurs have a wealth of strikers and attacking midfielders, where their season rests will depend on more defensive players than Van der Vaart. A look at their midfield shows the likes of Bentley, Lennon, Modric, Dos Santos and Kranjcar – all attacking midfielders. Then the likes of Huddlestone, Sandro and Palacios battle it out for defensive midfield spots. Up front, Crouch, Defoe, Pavulychenko and Keane will each demand game time.

We reckon in big games Redknapp is going to line up with both Palacios and Huddlestone/Jenas. Flanking them will be Van der Vaart, Modric and Lennon with Modric/ Van der Vaart playing off a striker. Otherwise, or in smaller games, Defoe and Crouch will b first-choice up front and one of Palacios/Huddlestone and Jenas will make way. For league cup games expect the likes of Keane, Pavulychenko, Jenas, O’Hara, Sandro and Kranjcar to come in.

So what of Gareth Bale? Chances are he will revert to left-back from here on in, curtailing his recent forays on the left-wing and an obvious goal threat. The Welsh man will now fight it out with Assou-Ekotto for the no.3 shirt. Interestingly the likes of Jenas, Bentley, O’Hara, Keane and Kranjcar could be marginalised this term despite impressing in the past. O’Hara in particular needs to find a new club to continue his development.

What is clear though is that Spurs have an impressive squad to cope with the demands of playing in four competitions this term. However Harry Redknapp will have a tough time keeping everyone happy.

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