At the end of each season, renowned German paper Kicker set up an online poll asking Bundesliga fans for their participation via votes for a series of end of season honours.
While the most popular includes the Player of the Year and Team of the Year selections, among the honours is a vote towards the Bundesliga’s most disappointing player of the season.
Just ahead of Bayern Munich’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze was a familiar name many Spurs supporters will be surprised to read, Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart.
The 32-year-old spent two successful seasons at White Hart Lane, scoring 24 Premier League goals in 63 appearances before trading the club for Hamburg in the summer of 2012.
Hamburg, commonly known as ‘The Dinosaurs’ hold a famous Bundesliga record for being the only team to have never seen relegation, although this season they came perilously close to the drop.
With a team boasting fellow former Spurs ace Lewis Holtby, they massively underperformed and somehow managed to come through victorious in a narrow two-legged relegation playoff victory over Karlsruhe.
Van der Vaart scored just four goals all season, and such was his often disastrous displays he picked up a majority 32% of the votes in regards to Kicker’s vote for the most disappointing Bundesliga star.