Now I know that this was due to injuries to both men (and also Lennon). But I thought that starting Niko and replacing with VDV is a nice move that I would like to see more of. (It shows that harry is not afraid to bench VDV, which also shows the rest of the team who's boss.) I've always believed that they are both direct replacements for one another, and I think we could benefit from this type of rotation in the future. - VDV is kept fresh and competitive. which is great because he usually fades quite badly after 60-70 mins. - Niko gets more minutes. and as a squad player you can't ask for more. - both are goal threats so we wouldn't be reducing our ability to score goals with either one of them. - Aside from VDV possibly having the odd tantrum about being subbed off, the competition for places should make them both lift their game. I admit though that once lennon is fit, It will be harder for niko to fit into the team. but I like the idea that no place in the starting 11 is guaranteed for any player (except king). if it was last season Harry would have started VDV... the result? both had excellent respective halves. Niko's work-rate has markedly improved (compared to the last few games where he looked like he couldn't give a toss. Here he was working hard, tracking back, taking up good defensive positions etc), and VDV was solid for the whole 45 he played too, if a little muted due to being situated further from goal. Also, I think giving GDS a run out in the last 10 when the game was wrapped up was a smart move by redknapp. let him have a taste of what he can be part of if he works hard.