Spurs ‘cast offs’ XI vs Ramos’ class of 2008 – which team would you rather back?

Football FanCast columnist Fanos Kyriacou looks back at a select Spurs cast off XI and wonders how it would
actually compare to the current line-up.

All the recent talk of Dimitar Berbatov's and
Robbie Keane's move to Man Utd and Liverpool respectively got me thinking about
all the players Spurs have let go in recent years and how a team of ex Spurs
players still plying their trade in the Premier League would compare to the
current team.

There are no fewer than thirty players who
used to wear our colours playing for various Premier League teams so there are
quite a few names to choose from.

Goalkeeper

There are three keepers to choose from here
Paul Robinson, Ian Walker and Kasey Keller.

Out of the three I would have to go with
Robbo as I still maintain that somewhere within this man is the goalkeeper we
saw in his first season at Spurs, if only he could have continued that form for
us he could have become a real legend at the Lane.

Left Back

Not much to choose from here, in fact Eric
Edman is the only contender. Now playing for Wigan I'm still quite unsure why
we let the Swede go. Personally I thought he was a more than decent left back,
although it would be difficult to see him playing in today's side ahead of our
best player so far this season Gareth Bale.

Right Back

There are five contenders for this position
as we do like to chop and change our full backs. The choices here are Luke
Young, Pascal Chimbonda, Paul Stalteri, Noe Pamarot and Paul Konchesky. There
are really only two choices and they are either Luke Young, currently doing
excellently at Aston villa, or Pascal Chimbonda who, despite his critics, was
probably the best right back we have had since the young Stephen Carr. In that
sense I would definitely plump for Chimbonda as he was always a pretty solid
performer for us

Central Defence

There are currently four central defenders
playing for other sides that we let go Sol Campbell, Younes Kaboul, Anthony
Gardner and Calum Davenport. Now whatever we think about how Sol Campbell left
the club few can deny how good a defender he was and still is. In my mind he is
still one of the best in the Premier League and would definitely be the skipper
of this side. Strength, pace and power he is everything you want in a centre
half. For his partner I will have to go for Younes Kaboul as, contrary to
popular opinion amongst Spurs fans, I do think that he possesses all the
attributes to be a fine defender. He was thrown in at the deep end at Spurs
last season and I think it affected his progress. With the right coaching he
could still become a very good player.

Left Midfield

The left side of midfield has been a problem
position for us ever since the great David Ginola left the club. We have never
managed to find a natural left sided midfielder and have constantly attempted
to play central midfielders to fill the void. Of the two left wingers that have
left the club currently playing in the Premier League only Matthew Etherington
and Andy Reid are naturally left footed. My choice here would be the West Ham
winger as perhaps we let him go too early. He has since shown he can do a
decent job on the left wing and has definitely improved his game since leaving
Spurs.

Right Midfield

Dean Marney, Wayne Routledge and Simon Davies
are the three contenders for the right sided midfield position. I don't think,
as a club, we gave Wayne Routledge a chance to show what he could do. Injury
played a part in that of course and he didn't play enough games to really make
his mark on the team, Aaron Lennon's emergence at the time also hindered his
progress. Having said that I think that Simon Davies would definitely be the
best choice for this spot. I always liked Davies as a player as he always gives
100% and while at Fulham he has become one of their most consistent performers.
He can get up and down the wing, provide good crosses for the forwards and also
pops up with his fair share of goals too.

Central Midfield

We have seen an abundance of central
midfielders come and go in the last few seasons and the ones still doing a job for
their clubs in the Premier League are Michael Carrick, Sean Davis, Michael
Brown Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque. The inclusion of Malbranque in the
central midfield position is perhaps surprising to some as he spent the
majority of his Spurs career out on the left wing. I constantly argued for
Steed to be played in a central midfield position as I do think he would have
been excellent for us there. I was a little surprised when he was sold in the
summer as he was, in my opinion, our player of the season last season. He
always gave everything in every game and it is a credit to him that he never
once complained about being played out of position. He would be the ideal
choice as the attacking central midfielder as he could create, score goals and
was also very good at tracking back and winning the ball off the opposition.

Steed's partner in central midfield would
undoubtedly be Michael Carrick. Every Spurs fan knows that the departure of
Carrick to Man Utd left a massive hole in our midfield that has never been
filled. He is a holding midfielder who doesn't need to be a tough tackler as
his reading of the game is second to none.

Strikers

We have let an abundance of talent leave
White Hart Lane in this position in recent seasons. Apart from Berbatov and
Keane we have sold Jermain Defoe (boy are we paying for that now) Mido, Peter
Crouch and Nick Barmby. I think it goes without saying that Dimitar Berbatov
would be in this team. Whatever you may think about his attitude he is
undoubtedly a world class talent and a player that can light up a football
pitch. Most Spurs fans at this point would play Robbie Keane alongside the
Bulgarian as their partnership provided an abundance of goals. However those
that know me know that I am a big Jermain Defoe fan and have always maintained
that given a run in the side he will get you a sackful of goals as he is
proving at Portsmouth. The way he was treated at the club was scandalous. Defoe
clearly loved playing for Spurs and never wanted to leave but he was forced out
because the club decided to unburden themselves of a shed-load of cash to buy
Darren Bent.

So there you have it. How does this team
compare to our current side? While it is clear that apart from the strikers on
paper our current players are better, perhaps this alternative team would
actually play as a team and therefore out perform the Juande Ramos' side.

GK Paul Robinson

RB Pascal Chimbonda

CD Sol Campbell

CD Younes Kaboul

LB Eric Edman

RM Simon Davies

CM Michael Carrick

CM Steed Malbranque

LM Matthew Etherington

ST Dimitar Berbatov

ST Jermain Defoe