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Redknapp torn over striker selection

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Defoe is keeping van der Vaart from his favoured position. (©PAphotos)
Defoe is keeping van der Vaart from his favoured position. (©PAphotos).

Harry Redknapp admits he faces a selection problem over whether to play Jermain Defoe or Rafael van der Vaart.

Both forwards started for Tottenham in their victory over Arsenal on Sunday, although van der Vaart was instructed to play on the right of midfield.

This did not sit too well with the Dutchman, who has since claimed he can not play his natural game when tasked with chasing 'after an attacking full-back every time'.

Redknapp, though, concedes that van der Vaart's best position is behind the main striker, but the Spurs boss currently prefers the front duo of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

And, says Redknapp, van der Vaart cannot win back his preferred role while Defoe continues to find the net for Spurs.

"Rafa's best position is in the middle, playing just behind the front man," he explained.




 

"The only problem is that Jermain Defoe plays there too and Jermain is playing very, very well at the moment.

"So, I guess I have got a decision to make, haven't I? I suppose it's now between Rafa and Jermain over who plays in the team."

In response to van der Vaart's comments about his defensive duties, Redknapp added: "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."

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