Tottenham Hotspur All-Time Premiership XI Vote: Right-Back
Welcome to the second installment in this series, in which you will be deciding the all-time greatest Tottenham Hotspur XI of the Premiership era. In this series, you will be asked to vote for your favourite player in each position from a list of players from Tottenham's recent history.
You will then need to back up your vote with a comment, in case the contest is close. If that's the case, then the arguments made for and against in the comments section will go towards the final decision as to who makes the cut.
If you haven't already, vote for your favourite goalkeeper now:
In this edition, I'll be making the case for Tottenham's greatest Premiership-era right-back. From the following list, you will need to place your vote to help get your favourite into the final XI.
The Irish international played 226 times in the Premier League for Spurs, more than any other player at his position. He was a member of the 1999 League Cup-winning team and excelled for over eight seasons at White Hart Lane.
As good going forward as he was defensively, Carr also played with distinction for the Republic of Ireland, unluckily missing out on the 2002 World Cup through injury—an injury that would signal the beginning of the end for him at Spurs.
He is remembered fondly in North London, particularly for the stunning goal he scored against Manchester United in the 1999-2000 season. He was as good a right-back as there was in the league at his peak and is a strong contender to make the cut for this Spurs XI.
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Despite the fact that the Croatian is currently spending most of his time on the bench, thanks in no small part to the emergence of young whiz-kid Kyle Walker, Corluka was Tottenham's right-back during the club's most successful spell in recent history—certainly in the Premiership era. For that reason alone, he deserves strong consideration.
Corluka developed an excellent relationship with winger Aaron Lennon, feeding the Englishman's darting runs in behind defenders, and was a key member of the Spurs team that finished fourth in the league table in 2010 and surged to the quarterfinals of the Champions League in 2010-11.
Corluka always seemed to be one of those players who was only appreciated when he wasn't there, as other players attempting to fill in for him during times of injury failed to make the grade.
The fact that he came from Manchester City at a time when they were beginning to build their revolutionary dynasty—only to then beat them into last season's Champions League—means that "Charlie" has plenty of affection for Tottenham and their fans, as they do for him.
It's difficult to conceive that a player who has only started to play regularly for Spurs this season has really done enough to merit consideration for an all-time Premiership-era team. However, Walker is the reason that other contenders can't currently get into the team—and that's justification enough.
Walker just made his full debut for England in the 1-0 victory over Sweden at Wembley, earning the man-of-the-match award in the process. He scored a sensational winner in the North London Derby win over Arsenal earlier in the season and continues to perform with admirable quality and consistency for a player still only 21.
This youngster is a real prospect and could go on to become a Tottenham great—does that make it too early for him to make this team?
So those are your choices. This feels like an unbalanced list, given the fact that two of the three contenders are still at the club, but they are on the list on merit, and for that reason are worthy contenders.
This could be a close one, so be sure to back up your vote with a comment or two below—they will be the deciding factor if the vote is inconclusive.
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