Johan Cruyff believes that Rafael van der Vaart's talents are wasted at Hamburg, claiming that the Bundesliga outfit is too "weak" for the attacking midfielder.
The 31-year-old has seven goals and seven assists this season but Mirko Slomka's men are just one point above the drop zone, having played a game more than 16th-placed Nurnberg.
Consequently, Netherlands legend Cruyff believes that his compatriot deserves better than to be battling relegation.
"Hamburg is a problem for Rafael van der Vaart," the three-time European Cup winner told the Hamburger Morgenpost. "It's just not good that he plays in a weak team. Van der Vaart needs to do a lot of running in Hamburg and that's not one of his strengths.
"Van der Vaart is a very good footballer; his strength is to play football."
Despite Hamburg's struggles this season, Van der Vaart is expected to be a part of the Dutch squad for the 2010 World Cup.