Michel Vorm picks obscure Saudi-based Romanian in his best XI, ahead of Christian Eriksen

Michel Vorm

The Dutch keeper went with Lucian Sanmartean instead.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm took on the Fantasy Football Club One2Eleven for Sky Sports this week.

He picked his best team of players he has played with in his career. Quite awkwardly he only included one Tottenham team-mate, Jan Vertonghen in at centre-back.

He chose most of his players from the Dutch national team, including Kevin Strootman, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder.

But he also picked a player you might never have heard of. He placed Romanian midfielder Lucian Sanmartean in midfield, a player he played with during his time in Holland.

He told Sky Sports: "He’s probably the most unknown player in my squad. I played with him at FC Utrecht, very talented Romanian footballer. When he was younger, they saw him as the new [Gheorghe] Hagi. Unbelievable technique, unbelievable skill, left, right.

"His dribbles were unbelievable, quick, could control a game. Amazing technique, if you have the time to go on YouTube and look at Lucian Sanmartean, he’s an unbelievable player."

Sanmartean was with Vorm at Utrecht in the 2007-08 season. But he never made himself settled at the club and left the club after one season, after a string of injuries.

He went on to play for Gloria Bistrita, FC Vaslui and Steaua Bucharest before heading to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia in January.

Instead of picking a player like Christian Eriksen, Vorm instead decided to go with this obscure player many a fan has probably never heard of.

Eriksen is certainly a more recognisable name for most fans, with good reason. While Sanmartean had the mercurial talent from a young age he failed to turn it into a career anywhere near the standard Tottenham's cult hero has already in his relatively short career.

But Vorm must have seen something from his brief stint with Sanmartean at Utrecht that really spoke to him.

Whatever floats your boat Michel. Maybe a trip to YouTube is in order.

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