It’s been a long time since Spurs fans have had a striker they can believe in to score the necessary goals to propel any form of challenge to the top four in the Premier League. So often twenty goals a season is deemed the benchmark for the higher echelon of strikers, yet poetically it’s been twenty years since we last saw that, with Klinsmann the last to do so.

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Some have come close, with the attacking trio of Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe all comfortable at finding the back of the net, though the three have been difficult to replace. Emmanuel Adebayor started his Spurs career with an excellent 17 goal haul in his first season but has since petered off, whilst £26 million man Roberto Soldado has failed to ever really get his goal tally going. Despite this, Villas-Boas, Sherwood and Pochettino have all persisted with the pair in the league up until now. But it appears a new contender has emerged – Harry Edward Kane.

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Football, as they say, is all about the glory. Without trophy success what does a club have at it’s heart? Here at Spurs we have a rich history of groundbreaking successes. The pioneer of many of these? Why that would be the late, great Bill Nicholson, the mastermind behind the league and cup double of 1961 and ruler of the first English team to achieve European glory in 1963 through the now defunct Cup Winners Cup.

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A northerner by birth, born and bred in Scarborough, Bill’s association with Tottenham began in 1936 when offered a trial with the club. Within a month, Bill was asked to stay with the club, eventually signing his first professional contract two years later. Though no sooner had Bill signed the contract, Britain declared war on Germany and the Yorkshireman was soon away from the club on duty, though resided for much of the war in the North of England, a physical training instructor within the army.

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A bucket list for many often contains a regularly keen desire to pen a published book, the ultimate creative freedom in a literary sense. In actor and long time Spurs fan Chris Cowlin’s case though, that one was crossed out a long time ago. In fact he’s drawn a line through it 126 times to be precise, despite being a relative nipper within the industry at 34.

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Cowlin’s latest book though is one particularly close to his heart – The Ultimate Spurs Quiz Book’. Covering the 1980′s through to the current day with a variety of themed questions and a focus on a number of his favourite players, he told us of his immense inspiration and satisfaction to write about his boyhood club. ‘I love writing about Spurs and felt I learnt that a lot more by writing a book on them and doing a lot of research in to the clubs history. I am a huge fan and current season ticket holder at the Lane and have been for years. Tottenham has always played a big part in my life’.

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For all those who may be new to this feature, every week from now on we’ll be asking you to help us out with selecting the Tottenham Hotspur Premier League XI. It was the turn of the right backs last week as Dean Austin, Stephen Carr, Pascal Chimbonda, Vedran Corluka and Kyle Walker battled it out for your votes.

Needless to say, you voted and a majority ensured that with 55% of the total vote, Hugo Lloris enters the Spurs Premier League XI between the posts. Valiant mention should go to Kyle Walker who came second with 28% of the vote ahead of Vedran Corluka (8%).

Next up, it’s the turn of the other full back, the left back slot. Over the years we’ve struggled for a regular within this position, but we think we’ve found the best five candidates for the job, ready for you to decide. Here’s the candidates:

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Youtuber PV2+ Adventures captured this unique view of White Hart Lane back in September, during Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Reports have suggested that an arrest was made during a similar filming over the Emirates Stadium.

 

‘It is better to fail aiming high that to succeed aiming low’, the great Bill Nicholson once said. But you’ll know that already, for it’s a message synonymous with the Tottenham sides of past days, often falling slightly short but doing so with endeavour and courage. Sadly those qualities have been in short supply over the last two and a half years; the match-saving turns of Gareth Bale often masked team inadequacies even in AVB’s first season lest we not forget.

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We’ve allowed ourselves to be rolled over and tickled on our undercarriage with unbearable frequency, glutton to humiliation. Saturday’s opponents, Manchester City have been one such side that has delighted in reaping misery upon Spurs fans in recent times. Last season’s respective 6-0 and 5-1 batterings provided little entertainment and ultimate frustration, with little of positive note to take away from the stadium bar a bitter taste in the mouth. They signalled the clubs demotion to Europa League contenders from Champions League dreamers.

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