Van der Vaart – Premier League’s Best Performer This Season?

Castrol Rankings put Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart at an impressive 7th place – that is to say, over the last 12 months, Van der Vaart has been the 7th best footballer in Europe’s top leagues.

This achievement is made more impressive when you realise that VDV has jumped 76 spots in the last month (the Rankings are updated every month) to achieve his top 10 ranking – leading us to wonder if he is the best performer in the Premier League this season (so far)?

Stats show that Rafael Van der Vaart has had a shot every 16 minutes, the highest ratio in the Premier League so far this season. He is already Tottenham Hotspur’s top scorer in the league this season with five goals, all of those coming at White Hart Lane. The ex-Real Madrid midfielder has also had 44 shots in 690 minutes of action, that’s one every 16 minutes, beating the likes of Nani, Didier Drogba and Carlos Tevez.

Player Team Minutes Played* Shots Minutes per shot
Rafael Van der Vaart Tottenham Hotspur 690 44 16
Hugo Rodallega Wigan Athletic 1011 56 18
Nani Manchester United 902 49 18
Victor Obinna West Ham United 728 38 19
Didier Drogba Chelsea 910 46 20

Here’s a look at Van der Vaart’s Premier League stats for this season:

Player Rafael Van der Vaart
Team Tottenham Hotspur
Castrol Rankings 7th (857 pts)
Appearances (starts) 8 (8)
Minutes On Pitch 690
Goal Attempts
Goals (pen) 5 (1)
Mins per goal 138
Shots per game 5,5
Shots On Target 15
Shooting Accuracy 50%
Chance Conversion 17%
Goal Assists 0
Chances created per game 1,5
Total Passes 370
Passes per game 46
Pass Completion % 84%
Crosses per game 5,4
Cross Completion % 21%
Dribbles per game 1,4
Dribble Completion % 64%
Tackles per game 2,1
Fouls conceded per game 1,1
Fouls won per game 1,3
Yellow Cards 2
Red Cards 0

Clearly he’s in the best form of his last 2-3 years, much of which can be attributed to being made the focal point of his team and getting a regular run of games at Tottenham. Harry Redknapp thinks his fitness levels are questionable and that he might fizzle out, but that’s something that he will adapt to, and Redknapp and Tottenham will hopefully manage his workload in such a way that he’s still going strong come March.

So what do you think – based on the statistics, is Tottenham’s Van der Vaart Premier League’s best player of 2010/2011 (so far)?

Bonus Link: The gorgeous Sylvie Van der Vaart.

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