Our Ultimate Spurs Five-A-Side Team - What’s Yours?

Ramon Vega just misses out.
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Ramon Vega just misses out.

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We’re on a mission to pick the ultimate five-a-side team for every club in the land and we’re starting with Tottenham.

In many ways Spurs are the perfect side for such an experiment, as historically they generally have some outstanding talents in their side, only to be let down by a few dodgy players. Here we separate the wheat from the chaff to select a side that would have no problem keeping the ball under head-height.

Goalkeeper: Pat Jennings

Hugo Lloris and Ray Clemence were contenders but it’s hard to look past big Pat Jennings. The Northern Irish international played 119 times for his country and his 590 games for Tottenham puts him at number three in the club’s all-time appearance list.

Defender: Dave Mackay

We want someone hard in the tackle, yet able to play his way out of trouble in defence and for that reason, we’ve gone for Dave Mackay’s ball-playing ability over the silky defending of Ledley King. A tough-tackling midfielder at Spurs, Mackay converted to a central defender to win the title at Derby.

Midfielder: Paul Gascoigne

The close control and clever feet of both Luka Modric and Ossie Ardiles mean that they pushed hard for a midfield slot, but with Paul Gascoigne you get all that and a goal threat. A supreme dribbler, Gazza also brings physical strength to the middle of the park.

Midfielder: Glenn Hoddle

No all-time Tottenham side would be complete withou the skills of the homegrown legend Glenn Hoddle. None other than Michel Platini claimed that Hoddle would have won 150 caps if he was French. Instead he was born in Harlow and ended up with the same amount as Gareth Barry.

Attacker: Jimmy Greaves

A five-a-side team needs more than a mere poacher up front (apologies to Gary Lineker). Some guile or dribbling ability is needed and players such as Alan Gilzean, Teddy Sheringham and Dimitar Berbatov were considered. Instead we’ve gone for Jimmy Greaves - the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and a striker equally able to score taps ins or create something out of nothing for himself.

That's our ultimate Spurs five-a-side team, what's yours?


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