The tremendous atmosphere created by our fans on the cup nights at White Hart Lane provided a lasting memory of the 2014-15 season for Michel Vorm.
A summer 2014 arrival from Swansea City, the experienced Dutch international goalkeeper made his Spurs debut in our Capital One Cup third round victory over Championship side Nottingham Forest back in September.
That was the first of 14 appearances he made for us over the course of the campaign, a tally that included five starts in our run to that competition’s final and a four-game spell in the Premier League when Hugo Lloris picked up a knee injury in March.
Having also worn our colours in the Europa League and FA Cup, Michel says a busy first season in North London was made all the more special by the atmosphere our supporters generated...
Thoughts on the season overall?
Everything was obviously new to me, so the season was special. Since the day I came in, everybody was very welcoming and that gave me a lot of confidence. It seemed like I was one of the boys straight away and that’s always a good feeling. I played 14 games altogether – we obviously reached the Capital One Cup Final and I played most of the games, then I had a spell of four games in the Premier League at the end of the season – so it’s been a bit different to what I had been used to but at the end of the day I’m happy.
Your personal highlight of the season?
My first game at White Hart Lane was special. When I started the warm-up for my debut against Nottingham Forest it was a nice feeling and that’s something I won’t forget. For me, that game, while not the toughest, was very important. If most teams in the Premier League played at home to a team from a lower division in the early rounds of a cup competition the stadium wouldn’t always be full, but White Hart Lane was packed that night and that says it all. The atmosphere at the cup games has been amazing.
Plans for the summer?
Holidays with my wife and kids. There is a former Dutch colony in the Caribbean called Curaçao so I’ll go there with my family and just enjoy some chill-out time. Last year I had a long, long season because I was at the World Cup until the end, so it’s nice for me to have a break now, just to be on the beach with my family with no football for a few weeks. It’s always good to clean your mind, especially after a season like this with all the changes I’ve been through.
Thoughts on pre-season?
You really don’t lose that much fitness over the summer normally but everybody knows how hard it is playing in the Premier League so you need to start well – and that starts with a good pre-season spell. I always look forward to starting again after the summer.
Hopes for next season?
I think we have to do better than the season just gone and I know we can do that. Last season had its ups and downs – we reached a cup final and we had some big games at home which we won, but we need to be more consistent. With the staff and the players at the Club, we have so much quality, so I know we can still improve. I think 2014-15 was a season of learning and we all have to take those lessons with us and do better next season.
Answering ‘Five questions for summer’ tomorrow is young midfielder Harry Winks. In addition, don’t forget to catch up with Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli’s answers from earlier this week...