Van der Vaart is a Dutch footballer who now after the recent transfer deadline plays for Tottenham Hotspur. He began his career at Ajax, before moving to Hamberg and then Real Madrid. On th 4th August 2008, he was signed by Real Madrid. There he scored many goals and created many assists, and proving himself as a very important player, but when the ex-Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho signed Mesut Ozil for them, it was made very clear that there was no longer a place for Van der Vaart. Despite a terrible club season, Van der Vaart was included in many games for his national team and when after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was substituted off in the final against Spain, he was handed the captain's armband.
So it has been established that Van der Vaart is definatley a good enough player for spurs, but where should he be played and who is he replacing are still very important questions. With Spurs in the Champions league, they are currently enduring more games than the players can bare, and so an extra pair of legs may not be so bad. Rafael plays an attacking midfield position, as a play maker, similar to Modric. Many will be wondering whether he is a replacement whilst Modric is injured. I don't think he is, as we have plenty of cover for Modric, such as Niko Kranjcar, who signed for spurs from Portsmouth in 2009. I think Harry Redknapp has purchased Van der Vaart as a replacement for Eidur Gudjohnson, a player on loan from FC Monaco for Spurs last season.
Most supporters of the club were hoping for a striker as players such as Roman Pavlychenko are not at Champions League level, and not a play maker. But maybe a 4-5-1 with crouch upfront alone, could be good enough, allowing Redknapp to use Modric and his new signing Van der Vaart.