Being blessed with both feet gives you a distinct advantage in the modern game.
Of course, some players do well to get by without, such as Arjen Robben. The Netherlands international has enjoyed a phenomenal career but when arguably its most telling moment came in the 2010 World Cup final as he found himself through on goal, Robben refused to take the shot with his right foot. By the time he’d shifted the ball onto his trusty left, Iker Casillas had smothered him. The moment was gone – and Robben was left wondering why he’d not given his weaker foot more attention down the years.
And thus, ambipedal ability can really make all the difference at the very top of the game, which is why Spurs fans will be delighted to discover three of their most talented, naturally right-footed players have scored five left-footed goals or more this season – Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane on seven, followed closely by his attacking midfield accomplices Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
It shows how well-rounded threats they’ve become under Mauricio Pochettino, highlighting their impeccable technique and confidence in attempting to hit the net with their weaker foot.
Also featuring prominently in the Premier League’s top six this season are left-footed trio Romelu Lukaku, Robert Snodgrass and Alvaro Negredo, bagging 27 between them. Not bad, but Tottenham’s right-footed triplet got more than half of that – 17 – on their weaker pegs.