Holiday clip proof Stoke City has got under Wouter Burger's skin

Wouter Burger follows in the footsteps of many a Stoke City supporter with a holiday rendition of Delilah.
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Wouter Burger has tattoos that tell the story of his career and life so far. There are tributes to Feyenoord, the hometown club he supports and where he made his senior breakthrough, and to Basel, where he found his feet and helped reach the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

There is a butterfly by his right elbow, a cross on the back of his right thigh and a lion with a cub on the front. There's a code 222 on the back of his right arm, which is about his relationship with girlfriend Cora, who has the same tattoo. There's an octopus with a message in a bottle too on his right calf but good luck finding a meaning behind that.

We have to wait to see if, when and where he gets the Stoke City badge inked, but it is clear that the club he joined last August has already got under his skin, if not on it yet.

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We already know that the 23-year-old midfielder, who was a contender for player of the season, loves his darts and now he has followed in the footsteps of thousands of Stoke supporters by singing club anthem Delilah. He was caught in the act by Cora, while the two were on holiday in Italy, and she uploaded the clip to social media.

It has been a big season of development as well as importance in the here and now for Burger as he helped steer Stoke away from trouble at the wrong end of the Championship.

He made 41 appearances - plus another five early-term games still with Basel, scoring four times, which was more games and more goals than any other season so far. There have been some whispers about Premier League clubs including Spurs taking note but, as it stands, he is very much expected to be a key man with Stoke for 2024/25.

The Netherlands under-21s international is a popular member of the squad and embraces his relationship with fans as well as trying to get things right on the pitch.

“I was a big, big Feyenoord fan,” he told the Sentinel earlier this year. “I’m still a fan, of course, but now it’s a little bit different when you’re in football yourself. But you know how a supporter feels in situations. There is always a little bit of misunderstanding, I think, between football players and fans, but I like to think that I know a little bit of both sides. I still think I’m a little bit in the middle so perhaps it’s easier to connect – but it’s also just nice to connect.”

He added: “I think I'm just someone who's down to earth and it's easy to reach out to me to talk with me about simple stuff. If they see me playing darts with supporters or just being normal, that creates a connection with supporters in itself because they can see you’re just a normal person, having fun and doing his best on the pitch and giving everything that I can. I hope the combination of me always super, super hard working on the pitch and being down to earth helps with that connection.

“It’s just nice that people know about who is playing for the club. I like it that I know who is supporting the club. That connection between players and fans, I really like it. When I played for Feyenoord sometimes there were players who didn’t really understand the supporters and why they would stand in the rain and watch training sessions and wait at the gate to ask for an autograph – but that’s what I did as a child.

“So now I play for Stoke and I am always interested in who is supporting the club. How do they see stuff? I think that's also a beautiful part of football that you come into contact with so many people you would never be in contact with. I really like that, the connection feels great and I'm happy with how it was going.

“But we still have a lot of steps to make as a team and players as well. I’m looking forward to the close future and the big future.”

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