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To commemorate the best players we’ve all been fortunate enough to see in the Premier League era, here at SPURStalk we’ve decided to honour the best servants of the last 22 years. Working with all our fantastic readers, we’re putting together the best Spurs Premier League XI and want your help in deciding who should go in.

Having selected Christian Ziege as your all time Spurs Premier League Left Back with 40% of the vote, edging it just ahead of Benoit Assou-Ekotto (28%) and Justin Edinburgh (12%), it’s time to now move on to the next position and see who could be joining Ziege, Stephen Carr and Hugo Lloris in the favoured eleven.

This time it’s the turn of the right sided midfielder. The style and philosophy of Spurs for the most part of the Premier League has been to utilise wing play to stretch teams and provide service for two strikers up top. We think we’ve found the most fitting five candidates for the job, we just need you to decide your favourite now. Here are the contenders:

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Tottenham Hotspur are not always an easy club to love. The disastrous home loss to Newcastle highlighted the many, many flaws that plague the side. A lack of backbone, an absence of defensive nous, and a captain who finds it easier to talk about those problems after the match rather than trying to help his side deal with them during it.

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In the wake of such a result, raging against every aspect of the team, the rightly untouchable Hugo Lloris aside, is cathartic, but it is important not to get carried away and throw away the good and the promising with the bad.

Erik Lamela is still not the player Spurs hoped he would be when they spent £30m on him last summer. There have been flashes of extreme brilliance from the Argentine this season – his ludicrous rabona, the manner with which he tormented QPR – but too often he has been ineffective in games.

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In football, leadership comes in two forms. There is the leader by instruction, the more familiar leader to fans, desperate to drive their team on to success at any cost. This leader is what we all assume make the best captain material. For this, see Roy Keane, John Terry, Patrick Vieira. These players thrive on the competitive thrust of a game and never shirk a challenge, grabbing their teammates by the scruff of the neck and taking them along for the ride too. They do not accept shrinking violets on the pitch who wish to hide away from a tough game nor keep their feelings tucked away themselves.

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The other form of leadership is that of those who lead by example. These are the players who can change a game in an instance, not simply on an occasional basis, rather game to game without fail. It is these who may occasionally be criticised for a lack of team ethic at times but ultimately repay the faith of their teammates in their produce. For this category, there is no better examples than the greatest two players on the earth currently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In an ideal world you want two or more of these leaders to cut the slack off the star man.

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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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