'What a signing'; 'One of the best': These Tottenham fans loved reminiscing after club's tweet
Eleven years ago today, Tottenham Hotspur signed Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid.
The now-retired Dutchman cost £8m in 2010 (Sky Sports) and his two seasons in London still live long in the memory.
Van der Vaart only appeared 77 times for the Lilywhites (Transfermarkt), but he provided plenty of memories for the adoring fans.
The 38-year-old helped Spurs to 5th and 4th-placed finishes in the Premier League in 2010/11 and 11/12.
He even top-scored for the club in his debut campaign, with 15 goals in all competitions as he helped Tottenham to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Many Tottenham fans, when looking back on the VDV era, are now wishing they had a player of his creative ability at the club now.
The Lilywhites haven’t had a proper #10 on their books since the sale of Christian Eriksen in January 2020 (BBC).
That’s something that clearly bothers the supporters, who would love to see a van der Vaart figure in North London.
When thinking of van der Vaart’s time at Tottenham, many memories spring to mind.
The ex-Ajax man was a key figure in Tottenham’s first ever win at the Emirates, scoring and registering two assists as the Lilywhites won 3-2 in November 2010.
Since van der Vaart’s signing, Tottenham have gone from strength to strength, even after his departure, as the club have gone on to play five seasons of Champions League football since his signing.
While it has now been 11 years since he signed, and nine since his departure, it is clear that the fans won’t be forgetting the classy Dutchman anytime soon.
You can see what Spurs supporters had to say here:
One of the most natural talents I’ve ever seen. Would love to see a player like him at the club.— Iain G (@fireflyig) September 1, 2021
He was here two seasons. Two! Feels like he was here ten. What a player. Proper Spurs.— ap (@otheranthony) September 1, 2021
My god, what a player. One of my absolute favourites— Carl (@CarlTHFC) September 1, 2021
What a signing. Probably the best deadline day one I have seen as a #Spurs fan.— That Tottenham Feed (@Tottenham_Feed) September 1, 2021
One of the best @rafvdvaart— Lilywhite Rose (@Lilywhite_Rose) September 1, 2021
Wished we signed someone of his calibre in 2021. Could’ve been a gamechanger. #LevyOut— SpursMatic (@Wobbly_Desk) September 1, 2021
Sign him again, we need more creative midfield— COYS. (@rickwecee) September 1, 2021
A proper proper great player!— Oscar India (@EzeRennie) September 1, 2021
Thanks for ‘getting’ what our club means
Got what it meant to play for Spurs, legend @rafvdvaart— dan (@dannTHFC) September 1, 2021