Harry Redknapp has responded to the Dutchman’s comments about team selection and substitutions by acknowledging that he has some decisions to make. There are options for the Spurs manager, including the question of whether to move VDV out of the club altogether but for now, Harry has hinted at a straight choice between Rafa and Jermain Defoe.
Over the issue of playing Van der Vaart on the right, Harry said in the Sun: “Rafa can’t run back and chase the full-back. Against the better teams it is a problem. Rafa’s best position is in the middle, playing just behind the front man. The only problem is that Jermain Defoe plays there too and Jermain is playing very, very well at the moment.”
So the manager acknowledged that he may have a choice to make but at the same time he suggested that VDV should just get on with his football.
“So, I guess I have got a decision to make, haven’t I?” Harry continued. “I suppose it’s now between Rafa and Jermain over who plays in the team. Rafa is a terrific footballer. He has great skill. But if you’re in the team and asked to do a job, really, you should just do it.”
If it does come down to a choice between Defoe or Van der Vaart, which way should Redknapp go?