In last year’s player of the season poll on this site, Benoit Assou-Ekotto came second – albeit a very distant second behind eventual winner Luka Modric – and that was a measure of the esteem that most of the fans held him in at the time.
We’ve always known that BAE can be a little aloof – talking about playing for Spurs as just a job – but have his latest comments dampened his reputation?
After his quotes in the French media, here’s what the player had to say by way of a retraction.
“I am fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur and proud to represent the club in any match, whatever the competition.
“I am very much enjoying my time here. It is a wonderful club with great support and I am looking forward to recovering from my injury in time for next season.”
Ultimately it’s about what you do on the pitch and Benny has had another consistent year – ever present, pretty much until the last few games – and chipping in with a couple of important goals.
So, should we just put it down to Benny’s personality, which doesn’t fit the identikit premiership footballer most expect or is it time to look for another left back anyway?