It’s now 2010 and in ten years time we’ll be looking back at the upcoming decade with 2020 hindsight. Hopefully we’ll all be left feeling slightly embarrassed by Tottenham’s domination of domestic and European football.
The decade just gone has seen Tottenham fail to add much of a workload to the lady who polishes the silverware at White Hart Lane. There has though been a sense of progression as we’ve gone through the decade and we’ve seen some very fine players, if not necessarily a really fine team.
Scroll down and you’ll find a poll that I’ve set up to determine the best Spurs player of the last ten years. I’ve only included players who have played at least one whole season for us during the decade, which discounts David Ginola and our new darling, Niko Kranjcar.
There wasn’t many to choose from, of the players that represented Tottenham at the start of the decade. Anderton had his best years during the nineties, as did Sheringham in his first spell at the club. I’ve probably omitted someone that you consider worth a shot, but I doubt that it will be someone who would actually get enough votes to win the poll.
Here’s the contenders, in alphabetical order:
Judas-scumbag he might be, but he’s also one of the best players that I’ve seen play for Spurs. Whilst I hated the way he went about getting his move to United, there will always be a part of me that loves him still, like with a woman who you know is all wrong for you but you just can’t get out of your head.
His crimes were not as severe as those of Campbell, who is a like a woman that you hate so much that you’d happily set fire to her.
Another who left for United. A classy player who sat deep, he was the defensive midfielder that we’d been lacking and how we missed him when he left.
A big favourite of the Spurs faithful. Signed back in 2005, he’s had his good times and bad at Tottenham, but now looks better than ever. Always gives his best and the indication that football means something more to him than just money.
Has enjoyed two spells at the club during the last decade. The first saw him sometimes struggling to get a first team place, but generally scoring goals when given the chance. Since being re-signed he’s taken his opportunity and is now undoubtedly our number one striker.
Long gone are the days when all we dreamed of are a team of Robbie Keane’s – his sojourn to Liverpool put pay to that. However, let’s not forget that he has to date scored 121 goals for us over the last decade.
Keane would have probably been in the top two in the voting, had he not left for Liverpool. Let’s see how much of a grudge we still hold.
In an ideal world Ledley would be playing for England this summer in the World Cup, with a reputation above that of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. That’s how good all Spurs fans know King can be, but unfortunately injuries have held back his career for club and country.
When we do have him in the side, we always look stronger. Time will tell as to how much we’ll see of Ledley during the next decade, but this one club man has certainly been one of our best performers of the noughties. Is he the true King of White Hart Lane?
He burst onto the scene, only to stagnate for a couple of seasons. When David Bentley signed, it looked as if he might be on his way, but instead he got his head down, worked hard and rose to the challenge.
These days they only way he’ll be on his way is if Barcelona or Real Madrid pay a stupid amount of money for him. A good, old fashioned winger, who has now added crossing and goals to his searing pace.
It took a while for Luka Modric to adapt to the Premier League, but when he did we all found out just what a special player he is.
Modric second season with Spurs has been interrupted by injury, but now he’s back in the first team and ready to prove his worth. The phrase ‘playmaker’ is bandied around lightly, but it’s a fitting one to describe little Luka.
Like Ledley, Woodgate is another defender who would be held in higher regard if not for his injury record. Much to our surprise though, Woodgate remained fit having signed for Tottenham, although much of this season has been lost to injury.
A totally reliable defender (when he plays) and scorer of the winning goal in the Carling Cup final.
Gentlemen, cast your votes.