Quality, Quantity and Qualifying. Three words that will sum up this Tottenham Hotspur squad come Sunday 13 May 2012 at about 4.45pm after we seal a return to Europe’s elite competition after seeing of Jol’s Fulham again, a competition in which we now belong.
We have depth all over the park, we could name 2 teams who would compete in the Premier League and most of our strongest eleven would walk into 90 percent of premiership teams.
In the summer some “dead wood” was finally shifted from turning up at Spurs Lodge everyday and collecting their exorbitant wage packets, one such player I was more than happy to see the back of was Alan Hutton who we somehow managed to recoup 4million quid for from the Villa, take a bow Mr Levy. What I don’t understand was Big Eck already knew how bad he was from his days managing the Scotland national team so why would he make the mistake of playing him again and this time paying a fee for the privilege? If I was a Villa fan a lot of what has been going on since O’Neil’s departure would seem very baffling to me, but luckily I’m not so lets move on.
Hutton’s departure in the summer meant we only had one senior right back at the club in Luka’s best mate Charley. Vedran, since signing for us from Citeh, could be best described as reliable with no frills, like a Travel lodge. He has never let the club down, no notable errors but there was a game last season in which Redknapp saw that it was an area that could be improved and one of Arry’s “One of those players that could change us” could come into play. We lead 0-2 in our Champions League group A first game in a cold and wet Bremen. The second half kicked off the Germans had one play, let the pocket rocket Marko Marin loose on Vedran the guy has no pace, and so it told with him being destroyed by the little winger and the game finishing 2-2, Redknapp had taken notice.
At this point there where three other right backs who belonged to the club gaining experience in the lower leagues, Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Adam Smith.
I will be the first to admit by this point I had thought who were these two Kyles the club had spent 6million pounds on and would we ever see them in the first team squad or would they follow in the footsteps of other “Wonderkids” we had signed, Lee Mills, Rodrigo Defendi, Thomas Perkhart and Jonathon Blondel to name a few. There have been many more however, its early I don’t need my day to be ruined.
Again Villa came to our call, this time offering young Kyle Walker the opportunity to get vital Premier League experience under his belt albeit cutting his successful spell at QPR to an early end in January, he went on to cement the right back birth at Villa Park as his own for the remainder of the season and receiving plenty of praise in doing so, fine form and the revolution of Spurs as a team of speed demons opened up a place for Kyle this season.
Kyle Walker –
This season he has made the right back birth his own, gained full England recognition against Sweden also being chosen for the MOTM award. Scored a winner in his first ever NLD. What a 2011 this man has had. Young, strong, powerful, composed and lightning quick fans are running out of superlatives for the guy, he is the modern fullback and the future of both Spurs and England in this position.
Vedran Corluka –
A full Croatian international with 52caps to his name, versatile and cool under pressure he has played for Croatia all over the park in his natural right back position, centre back, left back and even regularly in what might seem strange to Spurs fans as a central midfielder. For his native country he is one of the stars. Arda Turan of Turkey once said after coming up against Corluka “He is the most difficult right back I have ever come against”. Quite why upon searching for Vedran Corluka on Wikipedia I was informed his current club was AS Roma I don’t know, but although he has been disappointing when called upon (PAOK at home) this season which hasn’t been often due to the ever present Walker, he is still a reliable squad member who can perform at the highest level and maybe now more importantly is Luka’s best mate. We need him to stay until the summer.
Kyle Naughton – (On Loan)
Naughton currently experiencing his first season of Premiership football with Norwich City, has enjoyed his loan spell with the canaries playing in most of their games at right back and impressing, Kyle a full under 21 England international will greatly benefit from this first experience of Premier League football and will look to come back in the summer and challenge his Sheffield namesake for the right back slot at the Lane and maybe take over the vacant number 2 jersey, good form this season could lead to Corluka’s departure and a longer stay at the Lane for the young Yorkshire man.
Currently impressing in League One with the MK dons, Adam has this season also been called up for England u21 duty and duly received his first cap, Smith has earned rave reviews for MK scoring twice in his first 14 games both goal of the season contenders not bad for a right back, worth a check on youtube if you haven’t seen the goals. One for the future, and I expect next season he will go on loan to a lower Premier League club or Championship side. He is without doubt far too talented for League One the club expect big things of this young man and so do we at lillywhiterose.