It is little wonder Rafael van der Vaart looks so at home in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt.
After taking his tally for the season to 10 in 15 appearances with two expertly taken goals against Aston Villa yesterday, the Dutchman spoke of his joy at being part of a team whose style of play reminds him of the brand of freeflowing football with which Holland have been synonymous over the years.
Van der Vaart, who looks to be one of the best signings of the summer after Real Madrid allowed him to leave for only £8m, also claimed there was a growing appreciation in his homeland for the attacking principles and easy-on-the-eye approach that have characterised Tottenham's play this season.
"We have a great squad and I think it is going to be a nice season," said Van der Vaart, who was making his first appearance in almost a month against Villa after recovering from a hamstring injury. "There is a long way to go but it is great to be here and to play in this team. I think everyone likes Tottenham, the way we play.
"It is a little bit like the Dutch style and I really like that. In Holland, for example, everyone loves to watch Tottenham."
Asked whether Spurs, who are in fifth place, could win the Premier League, Van der Vaart replied: "Yes, of course. We have the squad. We have two central defenders [William Gallas and Ledley King] injured and still have two [top] defenders in the team. It is a big squad and everyone has to fight for their position but that also helps when you have a lot of games, like at Christmas time."
The Dutchman is expected to play behind Peter Crouch against Newcastle United tomorrow after Tottenham decided not to appeal against Jermain Defoe's straight red card at Villa Park for catching James Collins with an elbow. The England international begins a three-match suspension tomorrow and will also miss the home game against Fulham on New Year's Day and the trip to Everton a week on Wednesday .
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