As much as I admire Redknapp and what he has done, I can't help but question some of his decision making over this past season.
It was obvious that 2009/10 was a great season for us. During that season, we usually lined up with a 442. We beat City away, Chelsea and Arsenal with this formation. Defoe thrived on the formation too and as a result, scored over 20 goals. We had a goal difference of 26.
Why change a winning formula?
I don't think it's a coincidence that we've been less effective since we have switched to a 4-4-1-1. This season, (so far) I believe we have a goal difference of 8, a significant difference to that of the previous season. The change in formation was a consequence of signing Van Der Vaart. Now, I have nothing against VDV, he is clearly a quality player. But, did we really need him? He does not fit into a 442. I think the mistake Redknapp made here is that he got too carried away with the cheap £8 million price tag rather than thinking about whether the lad would suit our system. I understand that perhaps a 442 is not a good idea for CL football, but VDV expects to play every game, hence, we are having to play a 4-4-1-1 every game, rather than just CL matches. Without VDV, we could have played a 442 in domestic competitions and played a 4-4-1-1 in European football, placing either Modric/Kranjcar/Pienaar behind the lone striker.
Crouch is perhaps the only striker in our squad that is capable of playing on his own. Defoe and Pavlyuchenko have been far less effective playing up on their own. As Defoe doesn't fit the system, he has played far less and his form has dipped. I think Redknapp has only really thought about fitting VDV into the Spurs side rather than trying to play to our team's strengths. If you have a poacher like Defoe in the side, then why play him on his own where he will have to link up more?
Do you think this is the main reason for this season being less successful? Or do you think there are other reasons?