Tottenham Hotspur sold Rafael Van der Vaart to Hamburg last summer and then missed out on Champions League football the following year, so should the club bring the Dutch midfielder back? 

On deadline day of summer 2010, Spurs pulled off a coup and signed Van der Vaart for £8million from Real Madrid. 

The Dutchman then went on to become a fans' favourite and helped guide Spurs to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Van der Vaart scored 28 goals and provided 25 assists in 78 appearances for Tottenham. 

He added belief to a squad who had never experienced the elite of European football in the Champions League. 

Spurs then sold Van der Vaart to Hamburg last summer for around £10million. 

He was made captain of the German club but has since struggled to make his mark. He has only scored five goals in 27 appearances.

Last season Spurs sorely missed Van der Vaart. During his time at the London club he consistently unlocked defences and scored important goals. 

Van der Vaart regularly scored against north London rivals Arsenal and was part of the Spurs team who won 3-2 at the Emirates after 17 years.

Bringing back Van der Vaart would lift the Spurs fans and the club as a whole. 

The Dutch maestro has said previously that he loves Spurs - which would indicate he would consider coming back to the club if he had the chance.

Van der Vaart is a world-class midfielder and would add quality to any squad. 

Spurs need a player of his ilk to add some flair to the Spurs midfield which is currently full of pace and power.

The 30-year-old would also bring some experience to a relatively young squad. 

He could also act as an example to January signing Lewis Holtby, who has yet to make his mark at Spurs.

Holtby has been previously compared to the Dutchman and would learn a lot from the player himself. 

Van der Vaart would be a great signing for Spurs, despite his age and fitness issues. 

He is a match winner who adds belief to nearly any team he plays for.  


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