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.
Yeah agree re Jenas but he didn't cost us an arm and a leg. At the time our when midfield could have consisted of Zokora, Tainio, Malbranque, an out of form Hudd and rather inconsistent Lennon, I felt Jenas was our best midfielder (epitomising the Spurs team at the time of being either very good or frustrating 1 week to the next).
Now, with the possibility of Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale, a more consistent Lennon, and to an extent VdV (if he's playing deeper or on the right), unfortunately Jenas is no longer good enough to get in the team.