Ask most football fans who the greatest Dutchman to have ever played in the Premier League is and the name Dennis Bergkamp won't be far from their lips.

The non-flying Dutchman was one of the finest footed footballers of his generation – Edwin van de Sar was more of a glove man – and those betting on football knew he could change a game in an instant.

Fellow Dutch forward Arjen Robben dazzled during his short stay at Chelsea while Wesley Sneijder may yet become the latest player from the Oranje to take the Premiership by storm if he joins Manchester United.

But one player who made an immediate impact on the Premier League last year was Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Hamburg man netted 13 times in all competitions in his first season in English football, forming a particularly effective partnership with Peter Crouch on Spurs’ inaugural Champions League journey.


The lack of big name arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer means big things will again be expected from the small sharp shooter and he can be backed at 15/8 to be the club’s top scorer again this season.

But Spurs and football betting don’t always go the way they’re expected to and with Luka Modric’s future still uncertain, the little Dutchman could soon find himself dropping into a deeper position to assume the role of the little Croatian if Modric moves on to Chelsea.

Spurs begin their campaign with a home game against Everton this weekend - a fixture they’ve only won once in five at White Hart Lane – and will be relying on van de Vaart to begin the season like he began the last.

If he can do that and help his side get back into the Premier League top four, there’ll be no denying who the new Dutch master is.

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