I’ve never written an article before, and don’t plan to write another one; especially about Tottenham Hotspur. However, my love for a certain football player has driven me to put some words together about the man himself – Rafael van der Vaart.
Talk of a possible exit for the Dutchman has fluttered about the chambers of Twitter several times this summer, and the thought of his gorgeous face leaving the lilywhite colours behind upsets me like the departure of no other current spurs player can.
And the reasons? Mr. Van der Vaart, to me anyway, is what football, supporting a football club and crucially Tottenham Hotspur is all about. By a mile, he is my favourite player in our current squad to wear the shirt – but more importantly – ‘love the shirt’. Passion oozes out of him, the way he celebrates every goal like a he scored a 50 yarder makes me feel, as a supporter, that he’s scored for me. He loves that cockerel on his shirt and I think he gets what ‘is Tottenham’. Football is about us – the fans – and he seems to deliver this and understand this part which is so frequently lost in the modern game.
Mr. Van der Vaart, to me anyway, is what football, supporting a football club and crucially Tottenham Hotspur is all about.
I won’t be able to get across and express my true love for the player that he is, but look at the way he scores against Woolwich. How eager he is to get fit after his perhaps too frequent injuries. The talisman qualities he possesses as he so often opens our scoring. The respect he seems to have in the dressing room.
Being instantly materially successful, unfortunately is what football is becoming about, but doing it with players like Van der Vaart makes it all that more special. I’d love to see Rafa lift a trophy with us.
However, sadly, this maybe all irrelevant come Friday at 11pm, as the chances of an exit seem to be getting more likely by the day. With new ‘similar’ players coming in I can see why Rafa might not be against a move.
Personally, even if we got a silly money offer for Rafa I wouldn’t sell. I’ve enjoyed celebrating his goals more than any other player, this is what is most important to me and what I’ll remember. A similar reason to why I always had a soft spot for Luka, regardless of the goings on, he celebrated any spurs goal with a mouse-like jump of glee.
Please don’t break my heart again, Spurs.