Mickey Vanderpenne chose the number 37 shirt to honor a friend who passed away before him.
Vander Penn joined Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this season. After making a name for himself playing in the German Bundesliga, he was pursued by a number of teams, but chose to join Spurs. Coming into the season, there were some doubts about his Bundesliga credentials, but after just a few games, Vander Penn has completely erased those doubts.
Before his injury, Vander Penn was quickly becoming one of the best center backs in the Premier League (PL). His pace, defensive prowess, and reliable build-up play were considered to be as good as any other center back in the PL, and his role in covering the space behind him was crucial in manager Anzhi Postecoglou’s tactics of playing high up the pitch.
Van der Vaart was injured in November last year, but he recently returned to action and is now back in charge of the Spurs defense. The Spurs defense looked different before, during, and after his injury, and he’s been an integral part of the Spurs team since his first season.
Vanderpenn’s number is 37. The number 30 is generally a lesser-used number. Center backs usually prefer numbers 4 and 5, with most players using the number of their choice from time to time. John Terry (#26) and Nemanja Vidic (#15) remain legendary center backs in the PL.
Of course, Spurs have already had owners of the number 4 and 5. Spurs’ number 4 is currently worn by Oliver Skip and number 5 by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Aside from numbers 4 and 5, Vanderpenne had to choose between other numbers, and he chose number 37.
If you prefer the number 10, you can use 37. If you have a teammate who already wears number 10, you can use number 37 because “3+7=10”. However, since 10 is a midfielder’s or striker’s number, it’s quite unlikely that a center back would prefer to wear 10. So why did Vander Penn choose 37 and not the other way around?
“Vander Penn has revealed why he chose the number 37 when he joined Tottenham,” according to the UK’s The Sun. Van der Vaart turned heads when he arrived at 파워볼사이트 추천 Tottenham, choosing the number 37 instead of the usual center back number. He recently revealed that he chose the number for sentimental reasons,” he said.
“A friend of mine passed away when I was young,” he said, according to the outlet. This number (37) was his favorite number, so when I joined Tottenham and I had the opportunity to choose the number 37…to be honest, it was for him,” he said, adding that he chose his favorite number because he remembered his former friend.
Vander Penn will now wear his friend’s number again. After facing Brentford in midweek, Tottenham face Everton today. Currently sitting in fourth place, Spurs can push for a third place finish with a win.