The Dutch International is out of contract with German side, Hamburg and could be seen making a move back to White Hart Lane.
Rafael Van Der Vaart has come to the end of his three year spell at Hamburg SV. During his time in Germany the Dutch international played 74 games scoring 16 goals. The final season to Van Der Vaart’s HSV return has been shadowed by disappointment as they narrowly missed out on automatic relegation for the second year running. The former Real Madrid star didn’t play a part in the deciding match against Schalke as he was sidelined through suspension. Luckily HSV escaped with a 2-0 victory.
Teams have already been flooding in trying to get the midfielder’s signature. According to the players agent, he will not be joining his first club Ajax. Agent Robert Geerlings said “Rafael has yet to decide his future. Ajax have waited long enough and it’s courtesy that we inform the club,”.
Scottish side, Celtic are joined by a number of Turkish clubs after the World Cup Runner Up but Rafael is yet to make a decision. The leading club linked with the Midfielder is Sporting Kansas City. This would mean that Van Der Vaart would join Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as footballing legends are starting to see out their final years across the pond.
The 32-Year Old has been linked with the 2013 MLS Cup Winning side, Sporting Kansas City, If the Dutchman was to join the MLS side this would make him one of their three designated players. Van Der Vaart is reportedly going to be offered a boost of £3.1million-a-year from his current £2.5million-a-year deal.
But could Spurs be the move for the wanted midfielder? Personally I think a player-coach role would be perfect for the Dutchman. With Spurs starting to show off the large collection of youthful talent, Van Der Vaart could play a vital role in order to show the ropes to the likes of, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard.
Alex Pritchard is a 22-Year old attacking midfielder similar to what we saw of Van Der Vaart during his time at White Hart Lane. After Spurs Gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed the wonderkid will be joining the Tottenham first team following successful loan spells at Brentford, who narrowly missed out on promotion, the legendary Dutchman could influence Pritchard’s career in a positive way.
With a large number of high performances in the Premier League (2010–11 season) with Tottenham Hotspur, Van der Vaart was nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. He scored over 25 goals in 77 games during his time in the White of Tottenham Hotspur.
Rafael would have to be happy to spent a lot of time on the bench as there is competition from high quality players such as Chadli and Eriksen. A pay as you play contract would be perfect for the London side as money would not be wasted on Rafael’s high wages as he sits along side the regular bench warmers of Soldado, Vorm and Ben Davies. Also due to Friedel’s retirement where is the experience in the Spurs side? The XI which beat rivals Arsenal had an average age of 24 years and 37 days, which was the youngest field in the Premier League season (8th February 2015).
But the question on most Spurs fans’ minds is that is bringing back a legend the right thing to do? We all know that Van Der Vaart is past his best and that he wouldn’t have the same effect as he did during his first spell. An example of a legend returning to White Hart Lane as a success is Teddy Sheringham, after leaving for Man Utd in 1997 he re-joined the Lilywhites in 2001 making appearances as a sub in the last 20 minutes of games which lead to a number of big differences inspired by Teddy.
The major problem is that if VDV wasn’t fit enough at the age of 28 then I wonder how he would cope four years later with a number of injuries to his name? This is why the move to London wouldn’t be the right one as he would be wonderful in the MLS, he would be adored and get the mega bucks he’s after. The thought of Van Der Vaart returning to White Hart Lane is fanciful and sadly will not happen.
So where will the midfielder end up? Well we know it won’t be Ajax. Will it be a trip across to the MLS? Will it be in the SPL or will it be back in the Premier League scoring those vital goals for Tottenham?