Remembering when Tottenham had a good enough team to win the Premier League

Tottenham may be a force to be reckoned with these days, but few would argue that they have the strength in depth to challenge the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the title race this season.

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But back in 2011-2012, Harry Redknapp’s side was almost perfect. Above, you’ll see what their starting XI may have looked like on an average day that season.

Spurs didn’t stay the course that season, while City won the title on the final day through the world-renowned “Aguerooooooooo” moment, but Spurs had the personnel to achieve better than their fourth place finish that campaign. Here are the bigger names in that side:

GK – Brad Friedel

The American colossus between the sticks was a Premier League stalwart for Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham. The veteran USA stopper was a joy to watch at Spurs and even at 40 was still among the Premier League’s better goalkeepers.

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Brad Friedel played all 38 games in that Premier League season 

LB – Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Danny Rose was a Spurs player at the time, but he couldn’t wrestle the left-back spot from the super-casual, super-cool Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Even though he didn’t particularly like football, he was bloody good at it.

CB – Younes Kaboul

OK, you’ve got me. Kaboul wasn’t by any means the most gifted player in this squad and was, at times, pretty erratic and error-prone. But he played some of his best football at centre-back for Tottenham, striking up a decent partnership with Ledley King.

CB – Ledley King

What a player. In terms of talent, King was one of the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-halves, and despite injuries he still managed to play 21 league games that season. An outstanding player, it’s just a shame his career came to a premature end at just 31 in 2012.

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Ledley King was one of the finest defenders in Tottenham’s history

RB – Kyle Walker

He may have been just 21 this season, but Walker’s pace and power was evident from the off at Tottenham. Spurs held onto one of the league’s finest right-backs until 2017, when Manchester City came calling with £50million.

LM – Gareth Bale

Before Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, Spurs boasted a few other world-class players, including this man. Bale was an absolute phenomenon at Tottenham, chipping in with 12 league goals this season, a season after utterly destroying Maicon in the Champions League.

CM – Luka Modric

Perhaps the pick of this squad, Luka Modric was already well on his way to becoming one of the world’s best central midfielders. The Croatian pulled the strings in the middle, attracting the attention of Real Madrid, who signed him in the summer transfer window.

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Luka Modric attracted attention from Real Madrid that summer

CM – Rafa van der Vaart

Signing in 2010, Van der Vaart set White Hart Lane alight. His wicked left peg and intelligence saw him chime in with a bucketful of wonderful goals, including 11 league goals in the 2011-12 campaign.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Remember how terrifying Lennon and Bale were when they were on song? They could tear any team apart on their day and, although Bale was by far the more gifted footballer, Lennon was devastatingly quick.

ST – Emmanuel Adebayor

It’s easy to remember the Togolese striker for his antics later on in his career, but he was a lethal finisher in his day, particularly at Arsenal, Man City and later Spurs. Adebayor was the club’s top scorer that season with 18 goals in all competitions.

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Emmanuel Adebayor was on lethal form that season

ST – Jermain Defoe

One thing this guy guarantees you is goals. Tottenham was by far his biggest club, and this season was no different. Defoe bagged 17 goals in all competitions, including 11 in the Premier League. A great finisher in a very good side.

Honorable mentions

Scott Parker, Sandro, Danny Rose, Niko Kranjcar, Michael Dawson, Peter Crouch and… Harry Kane

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2 thoughts on “Remembering when Tottenham had a good enough team to win the Premier League

  1. The 2011/12 side played with a swagger & contained a couple of world class players, but lacked the consistency & stability of the current side. Pochettino’s Spurs have achieved a higher points total & league position in each of the past three seasons than their predecessors did in that one good season. Granted, Manchester City are a class apart from their rivals, but Chelsea & Man United? Tottenham have finished above them both in two out of the past three seasons. Entertaining though the 2011/12 side were, they were never genuine title contenders & your hypothesis is just not borne out by the facts

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