Opinion: My five favourite Spurs players from the last decade

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Dom Le Roy

Ever since 2010, Spurs have gone through a golden era compared to the years beforehand. We’ve seen so many players shine in the famous Lilywhite shirt, with many becoming fan favourites. There are many contenders, but I have decided to pick my five favourites 

Jan Vertonghen 

There is no doubt that ‘Super Jan’ is a club legend within N17. After signing in the summer of 2012 for 11 million pounds (transfermarkt), Jan was a consistent rock at the back.

The Belgian featured 315 times for Tottenham, even scoring 14 goals during this time (Transfermarkt). 

The Belgian had some unforgettable memories, including his masterclass versus German giants Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

However, despite his incredible performances, it was his loyalty shown to the club that is one of the reasons why he made my list. He loves the club and we love him. 

Dele Alli 

Fans are always reminiscing about the final season at White Hart Lane and Alli was a major part of that. Dele joined in the January transfer window of 2015 for just 5 million pounds (transfermarkt) and really hit the ground running. 

In his first season, Alli was PFA Young Player of the Year after a stellar campaign. He even scored one of my favourite goals I have seen with his volley against Crystal Palace and instantly secured a place in my heart.  

His record has been impressive overall with 65 goals and 59 assists in 241 games (transfermarkt) whilst also creating even more unforgettable moments.

His two goals against Chelsea secured us our first win at the Bridge in 28 years, made all the better by Alli shushing the Chelsea fans.  

Alli has been a superb player for us, and we can all hope he can regain his previous form. This is why he has been my fourth favourite player since 2010. 

Rafael Van Der Vaart  

It is impossible for Spurs fans to forget the Dutch wizard. Van der Vaart joined on deadline day in 2010 for a fee of 10 million (transfermarkt). Having signed from Real Madrid, he was an instant hit with 28 goals and 18 assists within 77 games (transfermarkt). 

He loved playing against our North London rivals and was a huge part of our 3-2 win at the Emirates in 2010, which gave us our first win away at Arsenal in 17 years. He may have had his injury problems, but he was superb on his day. 

The Dutchman is partially responsible for me falling in love with football when I was just 7-years-old. This is why I have ranked him as my 3rd favourite player since 2010. 

Harry Kane 

He was always going to be on the list, wasn’t he? Harry Kane is and always will be, a club legend. His passion, his loyalty and skill have made us love the club even more.  

Kane was at Spurs throughout his academy years until he made his Tottenham senior debut in August 2011 against Hearts (FourFourTwo). He wasn’t an instant success, but ever since Pochettino’s first year, Kane has not stopped scoring.  

He has won two Premier League golden boots with the club, as well as scoring 212 goals in 323 games (transfermarkt). This is a sensational record!

His screamer in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in 2016 is my personal favourite. He may have injury problems, but Kane makes our team 10 times better when available. 

This is why he ranks second and there was only one club legend who was ever going to beat him…

Gareth Bale 

The Welsh Wizard is one of the greatest players to ever grace the White Hart Lane pitch.

However, Bale didn’t exactly hit the ground running in North London as he had an unwanted record in his early days, going 24 games without a win (stadiumastro). Since then, he has been incredible. 

Bale has scored 66 goals and 61 assists in 225 games for us (transfermarkt). He has also created sensational memories, including the game he broke onto the world scene with his hat-trick against Inter.  

Personally, I most remember Bale’s chip away to Norwich in our 2-0 win during the 2011/2012 season. This was my first ever Spurs game and seeing Bale run towards me, elegantly chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, made me fall in love with him.  

When Bale returned last year, it was a dream come true. My childhood hero had returned and having the opportunity to see Kane and Bale play together, was incredible. He is my favourite player within the last decade and arguably my favourite player of all time. 

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