Rafael van der Vaart played a huge part in Tottenham’s success yesterday in scoring his second league goal of the season in our 2-1 win over Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
However, it’s been a familiar sight for Spurs fans to see VDV disappear from the field and to the subs’ bench and just after the hour mark yesterday, he was replaced in midfield by Sandro.
Before the game, manager Harry Redknapp explained why the Dutchman is subbed so oftenL “Rafa often comes off because he wants to. There is a weakness in his hamstrings.
“He runs himself ragged for much of the game but problems can occur when fatigue sets in and he gets too tired.”
In the past, Rafa hasn’t always seemed too happy at being replaced but it looks as though he’s going to have to be nursed through his Spurs career to some extent. Since he returned from his latest injury, VDV has scored two in two and underlined his importance to the club.
Moving forward, it seems that less is more as far as Rafael van der Vaart is concerned.