Tottenham Hotspur: Could Van Der Vaart's Injury Give Giovani a Spurs Lifeline?

Rob GuestContributor IIISeptember 3, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Giovani Dos Santos of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on August 7, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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As if Tottenham's poor start wasn't enough, the club have been dealt a massive blow after it was revealed that Rafael Van Der Vaart will be out for six weeks due to a hamstring injury picked up in the defeat to Manchester City.

The news that the Dutch midfielder will be out until mid-October has given Harry Redknapp cause for concern after he failed to clinch a "big name" signing on transfer deadline day.

But as they say, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and that could bring Giovani Dos Santos back into Redknapp’s plans after a rather forgettable start to his career at White Hart Lane.

It was widely expected that the Mexican international would depart the club for La Liga side Sevilla on deadline day, but Spurs pulled the plug on the deal with only half an hour left until the close of the window.

Dos Santos was critical of the deal and told Sport, "Both myself and my agent have been left disappointed, sad and angry at the way Tottenham have acted and after such a long time without having any confidence in me I am now going to get my chance, which seems strange.”

Dos Santos has now been included in Redknapp’s 25-man squad which was submitted to the Premier League on Friday, so it looks as if his chance may finally arrive.

CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 09:  Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico against Cuba during their game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Bank of America Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After arriving at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2008 the 22-year-old looked as if he would have a bright future at the club, but when Redknapp replaced Juande Ramos as manager the attacking midfielder fell out of favour. Loan spells at Ipswich Town, Galatasary and Racing Santander followed but Dos Santos failed to seal a permanent move away from the club.

The youngster starred for Mexico in the 2010 World Cup and his chance at Spurs looked as if it may have finally arrived, especially after finishing runner-up in the FIFA Young Player of the Year award, but once again the player missed out on selection.

One of the reasons Giovani has found it hard to make the team at Spurs seems to be because of his lifestyle and the love of the London nightlife. Redknapp famously said of the former Barcelona star, “If he could pass a nightclub as well as he can pass a ball, he would be all right.”

There is no denying the ability of Giovani as he possesses all the skills and attributes needed to make it in the Premier League. With Van Der Vaart now gone for six weeks Dos Santos could quite easily fit straight into the team but it looks as if the manager will revert back to a 4-4-2 formation.

Spurs fans have always questioned why Dos Santos has not been given a chance after only making 10 appearances for the club in the Premier League. The next six weeks will certainly make or break his career at White Hart Lane.