Harry: Van der Vaart’s a top player

Harry Redknapp admits he has been impressed by the impact of Rafael van der Vaart, who the Tottenham boss believes is "real class".

Van der Vaart was a surprise arrival from Real Madrid just minutes before the close of the transfer window.

The Dutchman has caught the eye in his first few games for Spurs and Redknapp believes he brings an extra dimension to the side with his skill.

"He looks like a top player, real class," Redknapp told the club’s official website.

"He plays in that position in the hole just behind the striker and finds space to get the ball.

"He’s always on the move and always looking for the ball.

"He can receive the ball when it’s tight and use his body to shield it, and if he’s marked he can still receive the ball. That’s a fantastic ability to have.

"He sees a pass, has a great left foot – he’s a real quality player."

Redknapp has been surprised by van der Vaart’s fitness as he arrived at the club having hardly figured at Real Madrid.

"He wasn’t playing at Real Madrid so he came here not really having played any games," added Redknapp.

"He’s done well to come in and play the games he’s played in such a short space of time."