Peter Crouch names former Spurs star as his ‘favourite partner’

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Peter Crouch may have only two seasons at White Hart Lane during his senior career but he certainly provided Spurs fans with enough great memories to quickly become a fan favourite.

Crouch joined Spurs in the summer of 2009 and helped the team seal a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League in his first season at the club when he scored a late winner in the crucial 1-0 away win at Manchester City.

He subsequently went on to be one of the stars in the competition next season when Spurs outperformed expectations and made it to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, where they were overcome by Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.

Crouch departed Spurs at the end of that season with the club opting to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

The former England international has now revealed who his favourite partner in his career was and surprisingly, he didn’t pick Jermain Defoe who he built a great partnership with at Spurs as well as Portsmouth.

Instead, he picked another fan favourite among the White Hart Lane faithful, Rafael van der Vaart.

Speaking in the latest episode of BBC’s That Peter Crouch Podcast, the former striker said: “Someone asked me recently my favourite partner to play with out of anyone I’ve played with and I would say him (Van der Vaart). We had a good connection.”

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I am a little bit surprised he didn’t pick Defoe having played with him for Spurs, Portsmouth and England but Rafa and Crouchy built a great partnership together in the 2010/11 season. It’s a shame that they played together for one year but the lanky striker was the perfect foil for the Dutchman to play off.

While the football was a bit too route one on occasions for the purists’ liking, it was certainly effective with someone like Crouch up front.

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