Tottenham boss Redknapp: Van der Vaart and Defoe can't play in same team

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has explained subbing Rafael van der Vaart for Jermain Defoe during their draw at Newcastle United. Defoe struck soon after coming on in the 2-2 result.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has explained subbing Rafael van der Vaart for Jermain Defoe during their draw at Newcastle United.

Defoe struck soon after coming on in the 2-2 result.

Redknapp said: “It’s difficult because I’ve got [Defoe] and Rafa and I can’t play them both. I tried to play them both against Arsenal and it was difficult, but we were at home and I think at home I will get away with it sometimes.

“But away from home it’s a problem. Rafa is not a wide player and if I play two upfront with Rafa wide against better teams then I will get overrun.

“Really I’ve got a choice, away from home or at home against a better team I either play Rafa or I play Jermain really.”

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