When it came to the player of the season awards, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was a surprise candidate for many fans and although Luka Modric was a clear winner in most polls, BAE was a strong challenger for second place.
Fans like consistency, and aside for one or two isolated shaky performances, Benny showed a level of form throughout that saw him make 45 appearances in all competitions for the club last season.
“I played a lot of games, 45 and I think I played well,” the player said on the club website.
“When you play one game and do it well, it gives you confidence for the next game. After 10 you have even more confidence and that’s good for the whole season.”
Harry Redknapp added his praise: “He’s one of the best left-backs around,” the manager said.
“He’s quick, strong, aggressive and has amazing ability. His body strength is unbelievable. You watch when he goes for a 50-50, players bounce off him.
“There aren’t many better than him, for sure and you certainly wouldn’t want to play against him.”
BAE has now made over 100 appearances in the side since his debut in 2006. So far, left back is the one position where you haven’t seen any transfer rumours this summer and that is testament to the club’s belief in him.