Tottenham Hotspur: Michael Brown and the Decade's 10 Most Underrated Players

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Tottenham Hotspur: Michael Brown and the Decade's 10 Most Underrated Players
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Flying under the radar, players like Michael Brown worked hard in transforming Tottenham Hotspur into a regular top six side in the Premier League.

If you don't want to feel old then avoid reading the next part of this sentence, a decade ago Glenn Hoddle was just embarking on his first full season as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

It doesn't feel like 10 years ago until you really think about all those that have come and gone at White Hart Lane since that point.

The return of the legendary Hoddle to Spurs would have its moments.

By the beginning of what would have been his third full season as manager and about half way through the 'five-year-plan' he had envisioned upon his appointment, his chairman Daniel Levy decided it wasn't working out.

All that has followed came about from that point.

David Pleat took caretaker duties while Levy did his due diligence on the continental system he would implement for the 2004/05 season.

While Jacques Santini would not last long, his assistant manager Martin Jol thrived for nearly three seasons. He made Spurs a side capable of becoming a consistent top-six presence for the first time in the Premier League era.

Jol's dismissal set the club back a good year or so.

While Juande Ramos would deliver the Carling Cup, it took the comparatively no-nonsense approach of Harry Redknapp to maximise a talented but directionless squad.

On the pitch in this time the key players in this story have included Robbie Keane, Ledley King and Dimitar Berbatov, men who have captured the hearts of the Tottenham faithful.

Alongside them have been a host of others too. Players who have perhaps been underrated in the eyes of the fans, media and even their managers.

And on the other hand, players who have contributed crucially to what has on the whole been a pretty good decade for Tottenham.

Here is a salute to those men who have pulled on the Lilywhite shirt and have worked damn hard, all the while making some pretty good memories of their own too.

Such is the long list of players who have played for Tottenham in recent times, some unsung heroes will have missed out. Please comment with any suggestions as to who also deserves some credit and why.

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