Moving into midfield, there are several candidates for the honour of being Tottenham’s player of the year and for many supporters, the winner was always going to come from this category. Two of the club’s newest arrivals start us off.
At Christmas it would have been unthinkable that our young Brazilian would have been anywhere near such an award. The infamous mix up over travelling to a Champions League match was swiftly followed by some early, rather forlorn performances.
Sandro showed his capabilities at the end of January, but his season was largely transformed in the San Siro and from there he was never the same player again. The word that keeps being attached to him is ‘immense’ and that’s certainly deserved.
As a handy bonus, he suddenly looks capable of adding a few goals as well and has a thunderbolt shot that matches Hudd for power and maybe improves slightly as far as the radar is concerned. From a shaky start, Sandro is a player that Spurs simply have to hang on to.
Rafael van der Vaart
VDV arrived on the last day of the August transfer window and important goals made him an instant hit. Injuries and an apparent inability for Harry to effectively accommodate him saw a bit of a fans backlash that is almost impossible for supporters of other clubs to understand.
Recent goals against Arsenal and Liverpool may have won us back over and it’s suggested that the manager should build around him with a contingency plan in place for his rather frequent injuries.
Tomorrow we’ll look at other midfield candidates.