Benoit Assou-Ekotto joined the 100 club on Tuesday night, as he completed a century of appearances for Spurs in the Premier League. Not bad for a man who, at one point, looked like having as much impact as someone who joined around the same time, Dorian Dervitte.
Assou-Ekotto, a dream for shirt sellers who charge for printing by the letter, arrived from RC Lens in 2006 and made his way straight into the first team. After injury restricted him to just two appearances in 2007-8 however, he looked to be on his way out of the club.
Benny’s change of fortunes at Spurs came with the arrival of Harry Redknapp in October 2008. Harry seemed to like the look of BAE from day one and he has pretty much been first choice ever since – keeping Gareth Bale out of the side at one point until it looked like Bale might be on his way out of the club. In that time, he’s also won 15 caps for Cameroon.
So what’s the verdict on BAE? Does he deserve another 100 or should we be putting a left back on our shopping list this summer?