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Showing posts with label Mousa Dembele. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mousa Dembele. Show all posts

Friday, 22 September 2017

Pochettino reminds us Spurs have to manage player game time

Mauricio Pochettino has told us before that 30-year-old (31 next July) Mousa Dembélé will never be 100% fit again and he was taken off in most games last season to make way for 21-year-old (22 next February) understudy Harry Winks. He has again repeated the difficulty he has with the Belgians fitness again to the Guardian.

"I think after I’m here at the club for three seasons, you trust in what I say and our fans trust in our decisions. It’s a private matter, a medical matter, and it’s so difficult to speak about – first of all, because I don’t have the vocabulary in English to explain everything properly and then, to make a mistake, is so easy. It’s better to be cautious about what I say.”

If we go back a few years he had hip problems and it may well be something to do with this that is the long term problem. He has also had a foot injury and muscle problems. If that is a hip issue then one would have to be concerned for the future of Erik Lamela who is on his way back from double hip operations.. Once he get a fully fit and starts playing, how long are we going to have to take it easy with him?

Fans who called for his inclusion in hindsight against Swansea City weren't taking into account he had already played two games that week. With a crowded fixture list coming up in October and November his playing schedule has to be worked out well in advance, he can't play all the time in all the games. Which ones then do you leave him out of?


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Graham Roberts thinks Dembele will be OK for Arsenal

SPURS vs Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has become the fourth Belgian player to reach 200 Premier League appearances, alongside Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Simon Mignolet.

The 29-year-old (30 in July) twisted his ankle against Crystal Palace. It happened just before half-time when another challenge from a Palace player was simply ignored by the referee. That was typical of him during the game.

Pretty confident be ready for Sunday mainly precaution and he won't want to miss the game

Pochettino was unconcerned and reminded reporters his side were only looking up the table, not down it.

“The fans were very warm and tried to pressure the referee a little bit. Mousa suffered a twist to his ankle and I think in that moment we decided to change the shape. Son [Heung-Min] and Moussa Sissoko worked well. I think we played well and deserved the victory. 
"Mousa felt his ankle at half-time. I don't believe that is a big thing and we need to assess him. When you are playing you are not thinking about the gap or what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. 
"We are not thinking to be above Arsenal. Our challenge now is to reduce the gap again to Chelsea. We are thinking about bigger things than only to finish above Arsenal. I totally understand your question but to achieve big things and to one day win big things your mentality must be bigger and thinking of big dreams, they are important to have."

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

It takes hard work to become a Pochettino genius


Mousa Dembele has been told by every coach what a great player he is and how he could be so much better. Les Ferdinand revealed that they used to tell him he could be good enough to play for Real Madrid. Dembele though never improved, he remained at the same level, a bloody good level, but less than he was capable of.

That is what happens when you drop into your comfort zone, where each day is no longer a challenge to be the best you can be. There are 24 hours in the day for everybody, from a billionaire to a homeless person, all have the same 24 hours to make decisions and do what they decide to do.

Nobody can tell Dembele to change, but each has to try to find his motivation, because by finding that you can unlock the potential within. I remember writing an article before the beginning of last season when Dembele had been left on the bench for much of the previous season.

That was done to get inside him, to challenge him and it worked. In an interview he said it was nobody else's fault but that it was his responsibility. That signalled to me that he might have found the mentality he needed, great words but the proof was in the pudding. How would he perform on a day-to-day basis on the training ground and how would he perform on the pitch.

Well we all know the answer to that now, he was one of the best players in Europe last season and has been brilliant again this season. Mauricio Pochettino calls him his genius as he revealed to the press in his pre-game press conference.

“I always say to him, ‘Mousa, when I write my book, you will be one of my genius players that I have been lucky enough to meet. One was Maradona; also Ronaldinho, Okocha and Iván de la Peña – he was a genius, too – and then Mousa. We always tell Mousa that if we had taken him at 18 or 19, he would have become one of the best players in the world.”

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Dembele flourishing under Pochettino


Mousa Dembele has transformed at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino. He arrived from Fulham in 2012 when we triggered a £15 million release clause in his Fulham contract.

He had an excellent first season, but frustratingly never kicked on to become the player he could be. He seemed content to continue at the level he was and there was talk that every little twinge and he wanted to rest.

Coach after coach felt he had the ability to be a real star and that he could be good enough to play for arguably the number one team in the world Real Madrid, if he worked at his game. To do that you have to have the right mindset, you must want to improve every day. It isn't something that is automatic for any footballer, they have to have the motivation to do so.

The answer Mauricio Pochettino came up with was to not play him. He sat him on the bench for a season, letting him know he wasn't a first choice selection and if he wanted to remain at the club, he'd have to work at his game.

Dembele spoke to the media at the end of the season and said his non-selection was down to him, it was his responsibility. I wrote at the time these were encouraging words, if he was going to follow through with them. He has.

Now we see a Mousa Dembele who wins the ball back quickly with his strength. He puts his body across players and then the foot drags the ball away. He did it time and time again against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The aspect that really pleased me though and that shown he is working on his game to improve it, was his passing. So often we have seen him roll the ball and the recipient stands waiting for it to arrive. Yesterday he was pinging the ball at greater speed to both wings.

We were working the Middlesbrough defence over to the right, playing the ball central to Dembele who was then playing a diagonal ball out to Son Heung-min in plenty of space to run at his man. He played it at pace so Son had time to attack his man without additional defensive cover coming across.

When he plays balls at pace he stops looking lazy. The midfield dictate the tempo, if he is pinging it about, we play quicker, we look dangerous and stretch other teams. It shows he is adding to his game and has totally bought into what Pochettino wants and the result is he has stepped him game up a level.

Any Premier League club would love to have him in their side, he is now a top top player.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Players to watch


Kevin Ball selects his players to watch tomorrow night

Anyone who has watched football for the past 30 years will know the name of Kevin Ball whether they support Sunderland or not. Born in Hastings in Kent he was a Sunderland stalwart and is now their senior professional development coach.

He has run the rule over Spurs for the official Sunderland website ahead of our game tomorrow and has picked out four players to watch, Harry Lane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld.


When I cast my eye over Tottenham Hotspur’s squad list, it’s great to see so many young British players they have coming through. Starting with Harry Kane in this week’s edition of my ones to watch, the striker has impressed me because he hasn’t had a straightforward development. I’ve mentioned that before, but I like the fact it hasn’t been plain sailing for him because that has served him well in the long run. A loan spell at Leicester City and a few other clubs saw him earn his stripes and for me that highlights his desire to develop. While chances were initially limited at Spurs, Kane took the one he had with both hands and is now one of the country’s leading strikers. He has excellent movement and can finish with both feet - you only have to look at his goalscoring record to see that with 13 goals in just 17 Premier League appearances.

You can find out what he has to say about Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld by following the link: Official Sunderland Website


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dembele has offer from China



Quite frankly I have been waiting for a realistic story about Chinese clubs wanting one of our players and now it seems to have arrived.

Belgian news outlet Nieuwsblad are suggesting that five Belgian players have offers from Chinese clubs, 23-year-old Romelu Lukaku (Everton), 26-year-old Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), 29-year-old Dries Mertens (Napoli), 29-year-old Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) and 29-year-old Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Lukaku's agent had confirmed his client could earn more by moving to China but wants to stay in Europe. The others they say have not made up their mind and no details of any offers have been released. They ran their article with a quote from the Tottenham midfielder.

"It is anyway a very difficult choice. For young players still have to grow, it is not wise to go down. For older players might is different. But honestly I have no idea about the level of football. It is hard to say. "

Teams in the Chinese Super League can only have three non-Asian players and most are choosing attackers or midfielders as they have more commercial value. It probably spells the end of any international career for a player going to a league with a low standard. It will take more than a few imports to improve the standard and will take years to bear fruit.

Mauricio Pochettino will have spoken to his players over offers and China and he doesn't believe any Spurs players will choose money over the level of competitive football they play, he made that clear when adsked the question just before Christmas.

"I don't believe it's a danger for us. My players like to play football and like to compete with the best in the world and the Premier League is a place to be competitive. 
"It would be strange for me if one of my players decided to move in that direction but it is different circumstances and I respect all opinions."


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Who should start, Dier or Winks?

Dier or Winks to start?

You will have no doubt heard the news that, as expected, Mousa Dembele is out of the Hull City match tonight. Manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that in his pre-game press conference on Tuesday.

“He will be out for tomorrow. We will see for Sunday but for sure, he will not be available against Hull. He got a kick in his foot and it is very painful now. 
“We need to see what happens over the next few days. Maybe he will be ready for Sunday.”

That leaves Eric Dier or Harry Winks to take his place. The Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama combination didn't look great earlier in the season and Harry Winks has grown in stature.

There is an argument for pairing Eric Dier and Harry Winks but they haven't played together and it would thus be a bold move to do so in a game when we need no less than three points. It is far more likely that with Dembele on the sidelines that Wnyama will start so it is simply a question of who starts alongside him.

Personally, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that were Harry Winks. In my view Dier needs a little rest so he can then take over from Wanyama and give him a rest, he has played almost every game. Kenya failed to qualify for the Africa Cup pf Nations 2017 so we will not miss Victor Wanyama in the new year.

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Does the Dembele Wanyama partnership work?

Does the Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama partnership actually work?

Apart from winning a penalty this season I hardly remember Mousa Dembele anywhere near the opposition box. Again against Manchester United he was in the middle of the park and not venturing forward as much as he does with Eric Dier besides him.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Spurs 29 game unbeaten streak when who starts?

Tottenham Hotspur have not lost a game Mousa Dembele has started since August 2015 Spurs Stat Man tells us on Twitter. That run consists of 29 games in which we have won 16 of them and drawn 13.

If ever there were a statistic to reveal the importance of a player that is it. We have started the season unbeaten so clearly we can perform without him, but he does add something to our midfield, the ability to go past a man consistently. It was his dribbling drive into the box that won us the penalty against Arsenal and is perhaps something he should do more of given his close control ability.

The key is that he keeps his body and his foot between the ball and the opponent. To be tackled the opponent has to play through him which results in a free kick. You must keep the ball away from the opponent when dribbling, pushing it closer to him gives him a greater chance of winning a tackle and stopping you in your tracks.

Dembele is an expert at shielding the ball with makes the dribbling and beating a man aspect easier for him. He is suffering a few niggles, as he always seems to have done and is in the midst of one now, along with a multitude of other players.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Can Dembele add something to the attacking trio?

Former Tottenham striker Alan Brazil has told the listeners to his talkSPORT radio show, The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that he feel Mousa Dembele should be used further forward for Tottenham so that his dribbling skills can have more of an impact on the game in the final third.
"I'd like to see him more forward. Wanyama and Dier, let them sit there but Dembele's too good to be back there. When he picks it up and runs with it, he's so strong on the ball, he glides past people. I think he's a fantastic player so he was a great signing for Tottenham and they've missed him at the start of the year."
We saw what he could do against Arsenal, gliding past players, driving into the penalty area and drawing a foul for a penalty. He has always had the ability to glide past players but used to do so around the halfway line and pass sideways.

There are signs, not just in the North London Derby, that he is doing it more further forward where it may have a greater impact.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

What hammer blow

Apparantly, it is a hammer blow that Mousa Dembele faces an extended period, perhaps a massive 2 weeks, on the sideline according to Football Insider, the website who like to deal in sensationalist headlines.

They may have not noticed that Mousa Dembele hasn't been playing this season and we are second in the Premier League as the only unbeaten side left and have just beaten the league leaders and team everyone was tipping for the title, with some speculating they will go through the season unbeaten.

Perhaps they haven't noticed we haven't conceded a goal from open play without Dembele this season and are just 45 minutes away from setting a new Premier League record. Perhaps they are unaware that when he does return he will have had a good long rest after the summer and be fresh for the second half of the season.

Apparently, he is one of our most important players which makes me wonder how wee have survived without him, the guys must be putting in superhuman efforts. People do like to go overboard and sensationalist headlines are what you associate with the clueless gutter press.

Football is a squad game, not a team game, no one man carries more importance than the team as we have demonstrated this season. Some people need to catch up with that fact.

The Belfast Telegraph have it more accurately with their headline 'Tottenham's Mousa Dembele suffers fresh setback with foot injury'. It is a setback, it isn't a hammer blow. The Independent talk of a setback, ITV talk of a setback


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Pritchard reveals his problem at Spurs

This week Alex Pritchard left for Norwich City. He had an agreement with Brighton & Hove Albion, who had an agreement with Tottenham reveals Chris Hughton in the national press, but he joined Norwich.

He then spoke about how pleased he was to be joining Norwich, as every player does when they join a new team. What he had to say though was possibly very revealing and explains why he has been unable to secure any more than 73 minutes of  Premier League football, 12 minutes at Tottenham and 61 minutes at WBA on loan.

He has talent so why didn't he progress? The answer can possibly be found in his remarks.

"It was a bit disappointing to finally leave Spurs. But in the end I couldn't wait to get out of there. They just never gave me a chance."

He had a chance in training every day, clearly he was expecting charity, to be given game time he didn't warrant. What is it Mouse Dembele said last summer when Mauricio Pochettino had left him out for most of the season? He said it was HIS responsibility, his fault, he will have to do something to change the situation, he didn't make excuses or look to blame other parties in the way Pritchard has.

It may sound minor, but in fact it is major, it is what makes the difference. Talent isn't enough, you have to have the mentality to go with it. Mauricio Pochettino once again confirmed that a winning mentality is a must at Tottenham these days with his remarks after the Inter Milan thrashing.

“The performance was good but in football, you can’t stop, you have to try to improve every day.”

It is a recurring theme from me I know, but it is so true, winners, players who make it to the top, players who become the best they can be, try to improve every day. Gareth Bale invented a new free-kick while training, Harry Kane has tried to do the same.

The I wasn't given a chance type of thinking is excuse making, you earn game time, you force the manager to pick you and you take the opportunity to pick you. First though, you have to force him to do so by the way you train. If you haven't got the mentality to do that, then you are missing the most important part of football at the top level.

The words of Alex Pritchard, Mousa Dembele and Mauricio Pochettino are very revealing.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Player do injure other players

Ahead of international friendlies Moussa Dembélé has spoken to the media, this time DH in Belgium about a rather controversial subject. He talked about a League Cup tie back in 2010 while playing for Fulham having arrived from AZ Alkmaar in Holland for £5 million. 

He recalled a player trying to deliberately injure him and either cleverly or mistakenly got his name wrong, Jenkinson instead of Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson. He picked up a shinbone injury in the 90th minute ahead of extra-time.

“That injury, I remember it. Jenkinson (he got the name wrong, it was Wilkinson) assaulted me. Yes, he injured me on purpose. I was absent for a while (three weeks). Unfortunately, injuries are part of a footballer’s life. I’ve already had a few, but I can’t complain.”
There is plenty of history of Stoke City injuring Spurs players and putting them out of action for weeks, Charlie Adams seemed to target Gareth Bale and target an injury he had caused before even going so far as to tackle him on an old injury he himself has caused while he wasn't even on the pitch!

Paulinho received the same treatment at White Hart Lane and how the assault on the touchline at the Britania Stadium a couple of years back didn't result in a sending off is anyones guess. It is amazing what thug players can get away with, fine if you were brought up in my era and know what a hard tackle is, but not in the modern game.

It was a Stoke City tactic under Tony Pulis to rough sides up. To be polite some of the tackles were, er, mistimed. I recall Ron 'Chopper' Harris being told to take Eddie Gray, the talented dribbling Leeds United left winger, out of the game. Chopper made sure he did, he took the man, accidentally, of course, missed the ball by a mile and Eddie Gray was no more a threat in that Cup Final.

Strong tackles are fine, strong tackles to deliberately try and injure another player are not and if people think some players don't try to injure other players on purpose then they are lying to themselves. It happens.

There are countlss tackles that look bad but they aren't. Players dive over tackles, players dive and feign injury all the time, a mere touch and some are unable to stand on their own two feet. We even have the situation where you are not allowed to block the ball incase the other players foot kicks you in his follow through. Players get booked for it which is just nuts.

Referees like to give booking for nothing, the problem is they then back themselves into a corner and often when a foul is committed that deserves a booking they don't give one. A foul is a foul wherever it is committed, a shirt pull in the centre of the field is no different than a shirt pull inside the box, yet one is a booking, the other isn't even a free kick. Why? because referees don't have the bottle.

They know they will get surrounded by hounding players and choose the easy option, I didn't see it, even if they are looking directly at it. There should be movement at the highest level to give the referees protection so they can make the big decisions without being hounded by players, bring in the rugby union 10 yard rule. Only the captain talks to a referee, the rest of the players have to retreat 10 yards. The solution is simple, the implementation of it seemingly impossible for our football authorities.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Walker and Dembele an example to all

Walker and Dembele an example to all

Kyle Walker in a recent interview expressed the comments that should be music to every Tottenham fans ears. He said he wants to be the best he can be.

“I’m probably my biggest critic. I’m a perfectionist. I want everything done right. When it’s not done right, I’m not happy. Ask my missus, she probably takes most of it. I want to improve, I want to be the best I can be. It’s a short career.”

Now that may not sound much to many, but just as Mousa dembele took responsibility last season, Walker is demonstrating the winning mentality we need and have needed at Tottenham. It isn't enough just to want to win games, you improve as a player by wanting to improve.

That sound daft I know, every player wants to improve don't they? Well, no, many simply go through the motions, Dembele is a prime example, coach after coach saw great things in him but they never came out until Pochtteino gave him the option by leaving him out last season. You either improve or you leave, Dembele to his credit came out and said it was his responsibility he wasn''t playing and he did something about it. I think we would all agree he is now playing the best football in his time at Spurs, he has to maintain the standard to keep others out.

Walker says he is his own worst critic and hates getting things wrong, he too has had to pull his socks up as it were, after his injury gave him time to assess his future. he is not longer a kid, at 25 he is an experienced Premier League footballer now and his game has improved this year too. That comes through making a mental shift and having the internal motivation to want to improve, then you do what it takes to improve. Players like that improve faster than players who are relying on omeone else to improve them and are just doing as they are told.

“At the start it was horrible. Horrible. When you reach the first team as a professional, it’s kind of like, ‘If you want go and do gym, do gym. If you don’t, you don’t have to’. But when he came in, gym was compulsory.”

You can see it throughout the team, Vertonghen has returned to his best, Rose, mason, Alli, Kane, lamela, Eriksen, Dier, the list goes on. Whoever joins this summer will have to have the same mentality or they won't survive.

As I keep saying, talent isn't enough.


Friday, 29 January 2016

Pritchard, Mason, Dembele

Pritchard, Mason, Dembele

Alex Pritchard will be ready for potential selection in a couple of weeks, Ryan Mason is back in training after his injury problems and Mousa Dembele has now signed a new contract until 2019 after finally getting his head in gear this season.

The under performing talent has had to stop going through the motions and start producing to get into the team. Last season he spent much of it on the bench and the message got through to him that what he was producing simply wasn't good enough or consistent enough to be selected.

Fair play to him, his Tottenham future was at a crossroads and he reacted in a positive way, he took it upon himself to show the boss he could produce more. He has been excellent since he returned from injury, importantly producing consistent performances that now have him challenging for a top four slot, if not more.

It is important that he demonstrates the right mental attitude, the winning attitude that produces improvement, not just for his own game, but because he is one of the elder statesmen in this squad. He is 28, he'll be 29 in July, it is up to him to set an example and to give the youngsters the benefit of his experience. They are not going to be impressed if they are hungry and eager to improve if he were just staying in his comfort zone. 

He has to push himself to show them they must push themselves. Both parties work off each other. It's a healthy way to maintain progress and we are seeing the results with Spurs improving faster than is normal suggests another of the more experienced players, captain Hugo Lloris. It all helps to create the right environment.

Ryan Mason has been like a kid in a sweet shop since he forced his way into the team. he has looked as though he has loved every minute and that he wants to give everything he has every game. Players like that can be infectious, they show, perhaps more talented players, the drive and passion they have to emulate. He now has to fight for a place again having moved down the pecking order below Tom Carroll perhaps.

Alex Pritchard is still a bit of an unknown, talented yes, but he still has to produce it in the first team. It's not his fault he hasn't had the chance yet but he will start to get cameos and it will be taken from there. 

Hopefully we get through the FA Cup tie and get a fixture in the next round that will enable us to play some of the squad members again who get less game time. It's a healthy situation we are in with players fighting for a place and knowing they must produce the goods to stay in the side with plenty waiting on the sidelines to take their place.



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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Kane to become 4th highest Spurs goalscorer this season?

Kane to become 4th highest Spurs goalscorer this season?

The table for Tottenham Hotspur's top Premier League goalscorers shows no Spurs player has yet hit 100 Premier league goals for us, Teddy Sheringham falling two short.

Harry Kane sits 10th on the list with 32 goals, one more and he joins Les Ferdinand, two more and equals Darren Anderton, three more takes him level with Emmanuel Adebayor, four more and he has caught up Norwegian striker Steffen Iversen.

With Gareth Bale 10 ahead on 42 and Chris Armstrong on 48 he could conceivable become our fourth highest goalscorer in the Premier League. That would be remarkable considering he has only just started his career and it rather puts into perspective his achievements.

As a goalscorer he has plenty of incentive to bag a few more, setting himself little goals to achieve as added motivation. Climbing above Adebayor in the minimum possible time would be nice to see.

Christian Eriksen sits 18th on 19 goals, one more will take him level with Nick Barmby and Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. Only two ahead of him in 15th is Jermaine Jenas with Dutch crowd favourite Rafel van der Vaart five ahead. It is perfectly possible for him to climb to 12th on the Tottenham Hotspur Premier League goal scoring list.

Nacer Chadli sits joint 23rd on 13 goals with Simon Davies, Ruel Fox, Jason Dozzell and Croatian playmaker Luka Modric. One more Premier League goal will see him join Malian Freddie Kanoute and Egyptian Mido. After that he can set his sights on 19th place and Uruguayan midfielder Gus Poyet and Darren Bent.

Danny Rose (joint 49th) has scored as many Premier League goals as Mousa Dembele, an anomoly the Belgian needs to put right quickly.

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Goalscorers

Teddy Sheringham9802 Sep 199221 Apr 2003
Robbie Keane9106 Oct 200207 Nov 2009
Jermain Defoe9107 Feb 200411 Jan 2014
Chris Armstrong4822 Oct 199509 Dec 2000
Gareth Bale4201 Sep 200719 May 2013
Steffen Iversen3626 Dec 199626 Dec 2002
Emmanuel Adebayor3510 Sep 201126 Oct 2014
Darren Anderton3407 Feb 199308 Nov 2003
Les Ferdinand3313 Aug 199731 Aug 2002
Harry Kane3207 Apr 201422 Nov 2015
Jurgen Klinsmann3020 Aug 199410 May 1998
Dimitar Berbatov2722 Aug 200619 Apr 2008
Aaron Lennon2618 Mar 200629 Dec 2013
Rafael van der Vaart2418 Sep 201002 May 2012
Jermaine Jenas2115 Oct 200526 Sep 2009
Nick Barmby2017 Oct 199203 May 1995
Roman Pavlyuchenko2026 Oct 200818 Dec 2011
Christian Eriksen1926 Dec 201304 Oct 2015
Gus Poyet1815 Oct 200107 Feb 2004
Darren Bent1818 Aug 200725 Apr 2009
Frederic Kanoute1423 Aug 200301 May 2005
Mido1405 Feb 200522 Oct 2006
Simon Davies1310 Apr 200111 Feb 2004
Ruel Fox1304 Nov 199505 Dec 1998
Jason Dozzell1318 Sep 199305 Apr 1997
Luka Modric1321 Dec 200802 May 2012
Nacer Chadli1312 Feb 201415 Aug 2015
Tim Sherwood1227 Feb 199919 Nov 2000
David Ginola1219 Oct 199719 Apr 2000
Allan Nielsen1212 Oct 199621 Nov 1998
Peter Crouch1229 Aug 200909 Apr 2011
Sol Campbell1005 Dec 199209 Dec 2000
Sergei Rebrov1005 Sep 200015 Dec 2001
Ledley King1009 Dec 200024 Apr 2010
Niko Kranjcar903 Oct 200911 Feb 2012
David Howells807 Nov 199224 Feb 1997
Steve Sedgley822 Aug 199223 Apr 1994
Tom Huddlestone817 Dec 200620 Apr 2011
Gylfi Sigurdsson825 Feb 201307 Apr 2014
Oyvind Leonhardsen714 Aug 199921 Oct 2000
Ramon Vega719 Apr 199718 Dec 1999
Stephen Carr726 Sep 199909 Apr 2004
Christian Ziege725 Aug 200115 Dec 2002
Michael Dawson705 Nov 200601 Jan 2013
Clint Dempsey729 Sep 201212 May 2013
Roberto Soldado718 Aug 201330 Nov 2014
Colin Calderwood610 Dec 199418 Apr 1998
Andy Sinton616 Nov 199624 Apr 1997
Steed Malbranque609 Dec 200626 Apr 2008
Younes Kaboul601 Sep 200719 Apr 2014
Paulinho622 Sep 201311 May 2014
Ilie Dumitrescu530 Aug 199426 Aug 1995
Danny Rose514 Apr 201016 May 2015
Moussa Dembele501 Sep 201202 Nov 2015
Gary Doherty402 Jan 200108 Feb 2003
Dean Richards429 Sep 200126 Oct 2002
Jamie Redknapp424 Aug 200225 Apr 2004
Jose Dominguez419 Oct 199720 Apr 1999
Ronny Rosenthal405 Feb 199422 Mar 1997
Darren Caskey403 Oct 199301 Jan 1994
Gordon Durie422 Aug 199218 Sep 1993
Benoit Assou-Ekotto416 Aug 200925 Aug 2012
Kyle Walker402 Oct 201122 Nov 2015
Jan Vertonghen416 Dec 201230 Mar 2013
Eric Dier416 Aug 201426 Sep 2015
Erik Lamela420 Dec 201425 Oct 2015
Chris Perry312 Sep 199923 Dec 2002
Willem Korsten322 Apr 200119 May 2001
Stephane Dalmat306 Dec 200307 Jan 2004
Nicola Berti307 Feb 199813 Apr 1998
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