Harry: Van der Vaart’s a top player

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.”