Andros Townsend was asked to pick a five-a-side team made up of the most under-rated players he played with during his career, and three former Spurs stars have made the team.
Townsend came through the ranks at Spurs when the likes of Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Ledley King were still at the club, while he played in the first-team with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jermaine Defoe.
So, the Crystal Palace man was certainly blessed to play with some top-notch players but he had to abandon those names since he was asked to pick an ‘under-rated’ side, and Townsend came up with some interesting picks.
Former Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made Townsend’s team and so did long-serving Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone.
Mousa Dembele also featured in his team, which would not come as a surprise to Spurs fans considering how underrated the Belgian was outside the club.
Another name who made the list was Townsend’s former England team-mate and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
The 29-year-old told talkSPORT: “My goalkeeper is [Heurelho] Gomes, the old goalkeeper at Spurs, because in training he was unbelievable with his shot-stopping.
“His arms were so long and nothing would get past him in training.
“I’ve gone for Mousa Dembele because you could not get the ball off him as he was so strong. He only had one foot but because he was so strong he would go onto his left foot and give you a forearm and you were gone.
“And next up was one huge shock call, as Tottenham local boy and Spurs fan Townsend added an ex-Arsenal player!
“Jack Wilshere. Now people don’t remember the player Jack Wilshere was when he was at Arsenal, and how he was playing at the Nou Camp and running games in midfield against the likes of Xavi and Iniesta.
“People just seem to remember the injuries he picked up and the player he is now, and not the player he was before the injuries.
“Tom Huddlestone. Again, because his range of passing was incredible. Left and right foot from that holding midfield position was incredible.
“I’m surprised he didn’t play more times for England or get a better move at the time because he was perfect. As a holding midfielder, he was perfection.
“Upfront I’ve gone for Bobby Zamora because when I played with him at QPR he was so unselfish. He doesn’t care about scoring goals.
“All he cared about was pinning the defenders and giving you something to play off, and making you a better player and getting you goals, as opposed to him scoring goals himself.”
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Like Townsend, I was pretty surprised at Huddlestone’s career trajectory after he left Spurs. With regards to technique and passing ability with both feet, I have not seen anyone better at Tottenham in my time supporting the club.
The former Spurs man certainly did not live up to his potential. Like Michael Carrick, I believe he would have been more appreciated in Italy or Spain than he was in England. Perhaps, a move abroad would have benefited his career rather than taking a step down to Hull City.
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