Van der Vaart is a hit on and off the pitch
I thought this week I would write about Rafael van der Vaart and Jack Wilshere after speaking to them at a boot launch in London.
For the purposes of this blog, I am going to refer to Van der Vaart as VDV because Van der Vaart takes an age to type and I am constantly having to stop myself putting about eight 'a's in the Dutchman's name.
BBC Sport were there to interview VDV for Football Focus but I got to ask Wilshere questions in my capacity as host. Arsenal are understandably keeping a very close eye on how many interviews young Wilshere does. If his career continues as it has started, I think he will be doing them for some years to come.
Wilshere, Van der Vaart and yours truly.
Upon meeting Wilshere in the reception area before the event I was instantly struck by how wide he is. I remember Theo Walcott saying that - despite his size - he is surprisingly hard to shove off the ball.
I might be 6ft 6in tall but I tend to run a bit like a demented crane fly because my centre of gravity is about 10ft above my head. That is one of the reasons why I talk about football and Wilshere is being talked about as the future of England's midfield.
Wilshere tucked straight into a chicken wrap while I ran him through the Q&A for the event. The organisers also told him that he would have to do a number of photo shoots before being allowed to go home.
When VDV turned up with Mrs VDV, I crane-flew over to introduce myself and check if the YouTube video of Mrs VDV doing keepy-uppy was in fact a fake. Those of you who have seen it will not be surprised to hear that it is.
VDV said he did not want to run through the questions but would rather just have a conversation on the stage. He was remarkably relaxed.
I nailed a tube of wine gums and we all moved downstairs to put our microphones on behind the stage. Wilshere looked a little nervous so I gave him some reassuring words and a little fist pump. I strolled on stage, gave a bit of blurb about the boot and the event before introducing the stars of the show.
It was a relatively low-key launch with only about 60 people in attendance. About 20 of them were guests while the rest were made up of Her Majesty's media.
Wilshere spoke well about the influence Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had on his career, the importance of having good quality players around him, the pressure of expectation and his admiration for the man sitting next to him - that was VDV, not me!
VDV was perfectly at ease in front of the crowd. He joked about Arsenal's defeat to Ipswich the night before, mentioned how the Brazilian Romario was his hero and said he had never played with anyone remotely like Peter Crouch before.
Once the Q&A was over, the players started on their various media commitments. Wilshere wasn't doing too much but VDV stuck around for about 90 minutes, speaking to various publications and websites in four different languages.
Just before his chat with us, Mrs VDV asked me if I thought he had a shiny forehead. The glare of the camera lights were getting to the superstar footballer so I offered her my BBC powder thing so she could apply the necessary touches to her husband's face.
Freshly powdered and bang on schedule, VDV was ready for six minutes in front of the Focus cameras. Spurs fans already love VDV. He fits perfectly with Tottenham's style and has the same swagger as the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann or David Ginola. The fact he was not scared to tell us that the team could win the Premier League or Champions League this season will only further endear him to the White Hart Lane faithful.
VDV also spoke about being brought up in caravan, playing football on the streets and his desire to get the better of Manchester United.
Interestingly - and Lee Dixon picked up on this on Saturday's show - VDV has struggled to step out of the shadow of Wesley Sneijder in the last few years. At Real Madrid, Sneijder was preferred to VDV most of the time. It was a similar story at national level.
In contrast, Spurs are willing to build the team around VDV. That, he admitted to me, is an exciting prospect.
If you missed the VDV interview on Focus last week you can see it below...
I am sure VDV will go down as one of the greatest bargain buys in the history of the Premier League. When you think about some of the sums being thrown around at the moment - Darren Bent, for example, who has just signed for Aston Villa for a fee that could reach £24m - the Dutchman's £8m price tag gets better by the month. As a Spurs fan pointed out to me last week , that's what they paid for centre-back Dean Richards!
This week's show should be a beauty. We have former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton on the sofa and a sitdown chat with Wenger booked in for Friday. If you want to fire me a question for either or both, comment about this blog or ask a general question about the show, then whack it down below.
The best place to follow the build-up to Focus is at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc