Former Spurs midfielder claims Eriksen is a step backwards and questions current squad

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has offered a damning verdict on the state of the current first-team, claiming they are not good enough to make the top four and believes Christian Eriksen would not have got in the team four years ago.

Redknapp, who played for Spurs for three seasons between 2002 and 2005, has said the North London club look “miles off” the top four after Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 loss to Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t had a bad first season at the club but failure to qualify for the Champions League yet again will leave supporters angry over the summer once more.

“Four years ago Tottenham were in the Champions League quarter finals,” Redknapp said in his column for the Daily Mail. “Now they look miles off the top four.

“Their best players this season have been the homegrown lads — Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose.”

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Redknapp didn’t mention Eriksen as one of the best players this season and has instead claimed that the Danish playmaker wouldn’t have got in the side under his dad, Harry, four years ago.

“Of the players brought in Christian Eriksen has been good but even he would be a squad man in that 2011 team — he wouldn’t play in front of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric or Rafael van der Vaart.

“If Spurs want to improve they can’t waste more money. They need to buy some proper players but with a director of football that is easier said than done.

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“That role has never really worked — I wonder where Spurs would be if they went through them like they do managers? At least in Mauricio Pochettino they have a man to stick with for the long term.

“The points gap to the top four has increased and with respect to Stoke, losing 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium should not happen to Spurs. But that is where they are. It’s time for action.”

Spurs look set to finish the season with their lowest points tally for six seasons with just two games to go and that would be a worrying sign.

The Lilywhites are currently on 58 points, with Hull at home and Everton away still to play, but that means they won’t get near last year’s tally of 69 points – the same number they accrued when finishing fourth in 2012, though Chelsea’s Champions League success meant the club failed to make the competition.

Do you agree with Jamie Redknapp? Are Spurs miles off fourth? And would Christian Eriksen have got in the 2011 team?


Former Spurs fan-favourite talks up possible MLS switch

Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart will leave the Bundesliga side this summer and a switch to MLS is looking a real possibility as the former Spurs star has revealed he “can imagine” playing in the United States.

Speculation surrounding a move to MLS was fuelled by Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman after he took to Twitter to reveal he was watching the Dutch playmaker in Germany at the end of February.

Heineman went on to update the situation surrounding Van der Vaart and Sporting Kansas City’s interest last week as he stated nothing was agreed at this stage.

When Van der Vaart was asked about a move to America, he was open to the possibility and wants to be playing at a high level for a few more years yet.

“Everything’s open at the moment,” he told Kicker. “But I can imagine playing in America. I want to keep playing at a good level for a few years.”

If Van der Vaart was to join SKC, he would be a great addition to a squad full of talent, boasting the likes of Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Bernardo Anor in midfield, defensive powerhouses Ike Opara and Matt Besler, and English striker Dom Dwyer.

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His wealth of experience of playing at the top level with Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and the Dutch National Team will give players the opportunity to learn from the 32-year-old midfielder.

Sporting KC have one Designated Player slot available and would likely use it to bring Van der Vaart to MLS if a deal is agreed in the coming months.

Will Rafael van der Vaart make the move to MLS? Would he be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?

Sporting Kansas City in talks to sign Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart could be on his way to Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City are in talks to sign the Dutch international playmaker, according to German media outlet Bild.

The 32-year-old midfield ace is currently with German side Hamburger SV but his contract is set to expire in the summer, with Van der Vaart unlikely to sign an extension.

That has led to a number of clubs turning their attentions to the Dutchman and Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman tweeted that he was set to watch the former Spurs and Real Madrid star on Saturday.

Van der Vaart only saw 11 minutes of action at the weekend as he started his second consecutive game on the bench for the Bundesliga club that are just fourth from the bottom.

Hamburg are in the middle of a relegation fight but the fact that ‘VDV’ is sitting on the bench suggests his time with the club is all but over.

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He has made 16 league appearances this season, scoring four goals, but has only played a full 90 minutes on three occasions and his fitness as well as age will be a concern for any suitors.

A move to MLS would give Van der Vaart the chance for a new challenge and any deal would surely see him signed as a Designated Player, especially with Ajax and clubs from Italy and Spain also interested.

The report in Bild suggests that Van der Vaart could be signed before the MLS transfer window closes on April 15, but he would have to be released from his contract early for that to happen.

Even if the 109-times capped Dutch star moves to Sporting Kansas City in the summer, he could provide a key midseason spark and would bring an abundance of creativity to the two-time MLS Cup champions’ attack.

Would Rafael van der Vaart be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?