Ok, Van Der Vaart’s only been at Spurs for five minutes unlike Gascoigne who was at Spurs for a good few years before receiving the legendary status which still stands today and will always be exalted.
Nevertheless, I twinned these players mainly because of their sheer enjoyment of playing the game whichever shirt they’re wearing [or wiping their tears on] at the time.
They are both passionate about their football and regarded as cult heroes whichever club they were playing for (check the picture); Gazza left impressions at Lazio, Rangers, Newcastle and Spurs. Van Der Vaart likewise at Ajax, Hamburg SV, Real Madrid and Spurs.
Not only that, just as Gazza’s footballing brain and skill on the ball was in abundance, Van Der Vaart’s is also undeniable. This showed immediately on signing for Spurs.
During the home game against Aston Villa, to score the second goal, Van Der Vaart was staring at a dropping ball; but he didn’t just lash at it, oooohhh no. He saw a Villa defender sliding in to intercept so he simply took the ball on his chest and then lashed at it, scoring the winning goal to earn a valuable and rather difficult three points.
Both these players are legends of the Lane in my opinion.