It really has been a wild few days for Tottenham and Spurs fans – from the announcement of the Super League to Jose Mourinho’s sacking and Ryan Mason’s appointment as interim manager.
As Mason prepares to lead Spurs into action for the cup final, we thought it would be a good idea to look at the 29-year-old’s debut starting XI and where they are now.
Ryan Mason made his Spurs debut as a late sub against Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in the UEFA Cup in 2008. Mason went on to play for and captain the Spurs’ first team before a head injury while he was with Hull City ended his career.
Easiest answer on the list. Gareth Bale currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur on loan after several successful seasons with Real Madrid. The Welshman won four Champions League titles with the Spanish side.
Once club-record signing, for £16.5 million, Darren Bent has since gone into punditry for talkSPORT. The former striker left Spurs after two seasons at the club and went on to play for Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham, Brighton, and Derby County.
Since retiring from the sport at the peak of his powers as a 29-year-old, David Bentley has gone into the world of business. Bentley bought and is running a restaurant in Marbella and also owns numerous businesses in the UK.
Frazier Campbell, who only spent one loan season at Spurs, is one of the few players in this line-up who are still playing professionally. Campbell currently plies his trade in the Championship for Huddersfield town. The Terriers look set to avoid relegation this season.
Another player who is still currently in the game, Michael Dawson plays for Nottingham Forest. At 37-years-old, Dawson’s contract runs out this summer. Unfortunately for Daws, he has yet to make a single appearance in any competition this season.
Another player who is still in the game today, Chris Gunter currently plays for Charlton Athletic in League One. Gunter recently became the first male Welsh footballer to win 100 caps for his country. Gunter and Charlton Athletic are chasing promotion to the Championship.
Tom Huddlestone left Derby County at the end of the 19-20 season after failing to agree on a new contract with the club. Huddlestone wishes to continue his career but has admitted he is “not too sure” where or when that will happen.
Jamie O’Hara currently works as a pundit for talkSPORT. O’Hara played for 14 years after leaving Spurs dropping all the way down to the 7th division of English football.
Johnathan Woodgate is another player who has made the switch from player to manager. Woodgate is the current interim manager for Bournemouth. The South Coast side have performed well this season as they chase promotion.
It looks unlikely they will achieve automatic promotion as they are too far behind second-place Watford but are likely to secure play-off qualification.
After leaving Spurs, Didier Zokora went on to play for Sevilla, Trabzonspor, Pune City, North East United, and Semen Padang. Zokora is also the most capped player of all time for the Ivory Coast after making 123 apperances for his national side. Currently, Zokora is an assistant manager for Academie de Foot Amadou Diallo in the Ivory Coast.
After spending six years at Watford, Gomes retired from the sport aged 39 at the end of last season. Gomes and Spurs did not part on the best terms with the Brazilian telling the media he would not advise anyone to join the club.
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