Peter Crouch ranks former Spurs team-mate as best partner ahead of Liverpool legend

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Peter Crouch has hailed former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and revealed how the pair immediately struck an understanding as soon as the Dutchman arrived at the club.

Van der Vaart arrived in North London from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2010.

The Dutch international’s class was immediately apparent as soon as he stepped on to the pitch at White Hart Lane.

The midfielder built up a great understanding with Crouch with most of his goals in his first season at the club coming from the England striker’s knockdowns (Bleacher Report).

Crouch and Van der Vaart only played together at Tottenham for a year after the lanky striker was sold to Stoke City in the summer of 2011 with Van der Vaart departing a
year later.

However, despite the relatively short time the pair spent together, Crouch rates the midfielder as the best partner he ever had, which is certainly high praise for someone who also built up a great understanding with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool.

When asked to name the player who complemented his style the best in a Q and A for the Daily Mail, Crouch said: “I loved playing with Steven Gerrard. He was an absolute joy. I would have to say Rafa van der Vaart was my best partner.

“We hit it off from our first training session. He knew where to run, how to pass and we just had the perfect blend.”

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I actually thought it was quite harsh on Crouch to move him on after just two seasons at the club particularly when he had contributed so much. However, Adebayor was an upgrade over him back then and Harry probably made the right call with the benefit of hindsight.

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