Heroes & Favourites
About three or four years ago I wrote an article bemoaning the fact that for the first time since I had started supporting Spurs I did not have a hero or stand-out favourite player on the pitch. The player I most admired back then, which will come as no surprise to many of you, was an ex Spurs man who was enjoying sunny Spain. This was the period after we had lost VDV, Bale and Modric. Walker wasn't Walker and Rose wasn't Rose back then. We've had so many great players across the decades that I was struggling to adjust to a scenario where I had to cling to memories of favourite players rather than watching them on the pitch.
>It was also not too long after we had played some brilliant football under 'Arry'...and Dimitar and Robbie were scoring for fun. But suddenly we had a dodgy defence and lacked something in attack. We were also continuing along the Tottenham way of changing our manager every two weeks, or so it seemed. And we had a team that did not look like they enjoyed playing together or playing football in general. It was a sad state of affairs and a frustrating time but I clung to the thought that football never stays the same so, eventually, it was bound to get better...or worse!
Things did change, and for the better. Fast forward three years and I find myself confronted by a team full (almost) of heroes and favourite players. It is impossible for me to pick one outstanding player amongst so many and say he is my favourite Spurs player. But, if pushed, I'd probably have two. I would have to say that, for me, Kane and Toby edge it in the hero stakes. I honestly believe that Toby could have fitted extremely well into any Tottenham team throughout our history. He is such an intelligent, reliable, and steady defender. As for Kane, well, the pulse runs faster whenever he's near the opposition goal and he is, without doubt, 'one of our own'...a fact that will cut him a lot of slack from Spurs supporters in the years to come, not that I think he'll need it.
But we have far more to offer than Kane and Toby. Rose, Dele, Walker, Hugo, Dembele, Jan, Eriksen, et al, provide all the younger Spurs supporters of today with a number of heroes to choose from and will have little difficulty in attracting new fans to the club. We even provide millions of football fans in Asia with a hero to follow in our Mr 'Sonshine'! Winks is another prospect that looks like having an exciting future at the Lane having barely put a foot wrong since the first game he played. The fact that he likes to move the ball forward instead of sideways and backwards is encouraging as well.
A lot has happened since that article three years ago and I am a long way down the road of recovery from the bouts of depression I used to suffer every time I watched Real Madrid play and thought about what could have been. Once again I find myself with a number of favourite players displaying a cockerel on their shirt. So my two-part question to all of you VS posters is...who is your favourite Tottenham player, and why?
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