One of the most depressing aspects of Sunday’s home defeat was the sight of Rafael van der Vaart limping out of the match with a torn hamstring.
The second half of VDV’s first season at the Lane was punctuated by niggling injuries and that brought the issue of Tottenham’s formation into sharper focus. As for the player himself, he was looking forward to a campaign where injuries didn’t play so much of a part.
“I can remember when I came here, okay, I had pre-season at Madrid and I felt quite fit but here, the pace of the
game is more intense than in Spain and that’s why I had a few little injuries,” VDV said in pre-season.
“At the end I played a lot of games and I hope to do the same next season.”
Many of us remain huge fans of the Dutchman, but not necessarily of the 4-5-1 formation that seems to always be in place when he takes to the field. With Adebayor now at the club and possibly joined by one other striker before tomorrow night, it will be 4-4-2 for now at least and perhaps when VDV returns from his latest setback, he will have to fit into a team formation rather than have it fit around him.