Picking an Ex-Tottenham Hotspur Best XI Among Active Footballers
Over the last few years, Tottenham Hotspur has assembled a team that will finally give fans in north London reason to believe they can challenge for the club's first league title.
With the emergence of Gareth Bale as a dependable option on the wing, Luka Modric developing into one of the world's best holding midfielders and striker Emmanuel Adebayor brought over from Manchester City, the boys of White Hart Lane are one of the best teams in the Premiership.
However, it wasn't without sacrifice and the quality of the current team is representative of the quality of players they've been able to let go in recent years and still retain championship form.
Those players, if banded together, could make for one heck of a team.
Without further ado, I give you the best team made up of active former Spurs players...
GK: Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers)
Look, it's either him or Kasey Keller. Which would you choose?
I'll go with the guy scoring goals from his own penalty box.
LB: Luke Young (Queens Park Rangers)
Still going strong at 32 years old, having earned over 400 league caps in the Premiership and would have earned a spot in England's 2006 World Cup squad that went all the way to the quarterfinals.
Here he is scoring against his former team when he played for Middlesbrough.
CB: Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)
Incredibly smart player whom I would have shifting between defender and midfielder. Played at Tottenham as current manager Harry Redknapp was being transitioned in and left just as the team was getting hot.
Currently plays on Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super League.
Note: Please forgive the "Braveheart" music at the end. The Turks can be a cheesy bunch.
CB: Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)
Helped Scotland nearly gain a place in the Euro 2012 finals and is one of the biggest reasons why Aston Villa is in the top half of the league rather the bottom half—Villa's giving up an average of 1.2 goals per match, seventh-best in the league.
RB: Stephen Kelly (Aston Villa)
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He's young (28), experienced (210 league appearances) and has played against some of the best in the world (member of Irish national squad since 2006).
Was a part of the Tottenham Hotspur squad that flirted with relegation in 2004, but a solid right back for seven years at White Hart Lane.
LW: Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
Rose through the ranks of the English youth system, but never got called up for a senior international appearance. Etherington didn't let it bother him, however, earning over 400 caps before the age of 30.
Is great in support in the midfield, assisting on 24 scores since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
Here he is scoring one of the 40 goals he has in his career.
CM: Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Michael Carrick is an incredible midfielder, known mostly for his great crosses and passes. Not known for his goal-scoring, but rather his durability, he's made 244 appearances for Manchester United since coming to the Red Devils in 2006.
CM: Wilson Palacios (Stoke City)
Has a nose for the ball and has dispossessed many an attacker. Athletic and powerful, Palacios fears nothing on the pitch—except having to take a shot.
RW: Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers)
His production may have dropped off recently, but had a career year last season helping Queens Park Rangers rise to the top-flight of English soccer, scoring 19 goals and assisting on 16 more.
Never was much of anything at White Hart Lane, making only seven appearances in three years, but at 22 years of age, the Moroccan international still has a lot of potential to grow into.
F: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
The 30-year-old Bulgarian wonder was sold to Manchester United in 2008 for £30.75 million and has paid dividends for the Red Devils, scoring 49 goals in 140 appearances.
For the two seasons he was with Tottenham, he was one of the most durable (51 appearances per year) and talented (23 goals per year).
F: Darren Bent (Aston Villa)
Darren Bent, a recent addition to the English national team, was plucked from Charlton Athletic and brought over to White Hart Lane in 2007. There he made 79 appearances over two years, scoring 25 goals.
He's a great finisher and would put himself in the right place at the right time for Berbatov.