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I remember Espen Baardsen. He's a good friend of my boss's daughter and although I've not met him I'm told he's a really nice guy (well, he was a Spurs player so I'm not at all surprised!). Although he was at Spurs for a few years in the late 90s I don't think he really stood a chance of displacing the mighty Erik Thorsvedt.
It seems at Spurs we have a knack of letting players go who subsequently go on to be pivotal influences elsewhere - Pedro Mendes springs to mind. But I guess a lot of other clubs experience the same.
Just to point out the Wikipedia mistake - although Baardsen played a few games during the 99 Worthington Cup run, it was actually Ian Walker who played in the final.
That aside, Hazard and Mendes agree were both underrated. I'm also gonna add Alen Nielsen and Steffen Freund to the list. Also, this may be unpopular for many, but Jenas as well - everyone always moans about him but I remember he pulled it together during Ramos' short-lived reign and always seemed to just get on with things when he wasn't playing. He was instrumental during our 2008 Carling Cup final victory over Chelsea but didn't seem to get much credit for it.
And BAE of course - most Spurs fans can see how classy a player he is, but there isn't a single pundit out there who seems to rate him, which is unfair. IMO he is a better left back than Clichy (who I have grudgingly accepted is a bloody good LB!!)
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Some great points well made! BAE is turning into an incredibly important player for us, I 'd have him over Clichy.
Freund was decent enough and I always thought JJ got a rough ride, he was rarely terrible, but equally, very rarely, quality. IMO he never lived up to the billing he got when he was a young player, like so many before him. I hope he gets his chance at Villa. IMO he can't compete with our current CM.