Harry Redknapp has come out and suggested that for all of Rafael van der Vaart’s abilities, he is providing him with a selection headache as it makes balancing the team difficult. I personally find that hard to fathom, especially when in MY VIEW, there is an easy solution.
Van der Vaart has been an absolute sensation since his arrival and we finally have a midfielder that is capable of chipping in with 15-20 goals a season. As much as I admire Luka Modric as a footballer, I do get frustrated at his reluctance to test the keeper from distance, or get in and around the front men like Van der Vaart seems to do with relative ease. Maybe the real problem facing Harry is can he afford to play VDV, Modric and Huddlestone in the same midfield, week in, week out, given the lack of defensive cover they’ll provide.
I personally believe that we should solely go with Van der Vaart in centre midfield and give him the freedom of the park. Harsh on Huddlestone and Modric perhaps, but Rafael is far more dangerous in the final third and is just more effective in creating chances than the pair of them. Huddlestone and Modric don’t provide a suitable amount of steel in the midfield to justify their selection alongside him in the centre, unless Harry looks to play five across the midfield. After Saturday’s performance there could be a call to play him upfront alongside Crouch or Pavlyuchenko in the absence of Defoe, although whether Harry will look to carry on with it remains to be seen.
So how does Harry solve his dilemma? Do you agree with my view that Van der Vaart should be given the sole playmaking role in midfield? Or should Harry persevere with Modric, Huddlestone and VDV in a midfield three?
Written By Matt Wright