Tottenham Hotspur’s Team of the Decade (2010-2020)

It may be far too early to say it, but Tottenham looked to have turned a corner since the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

While the Portuguese has only been at the helm for eight days, all signs are pointing towards positive change after two wins out of two and visibly improving morale at the club.

It looks as though Mourinho is poised to guide the north London side into an exciting new era as the year ticks over into a brand new decade.

They were famously mocked for finishing third in a two horse-race when Leicester City claimed unlikely glory and fell at the final hurdle to Liverpool in last season’s UEFA Champions League.

Despite all that heartache, there have still been plenty of positives for Spurs and a combined XI made up of their finest players this decade makes for mighty fine viewing.

The team over at The Athletic put together a scintillating line-up, and it is hard to disagree with any of their picks.

Hugo Lloris

The French World Cup winner and Spurs captain wasn’t a difficult pick for the number one spot.

While he had struggled for form before his dreadful injury earlier this season, Lloris has been brilliant for Spurs for many a year now. 

We can only hope he can get himself fit again soon and back to his best between the sticks.

Kyle Walker

Walker might be a controversial pick for the right-back role – especially because he jumped ship and now plies his trade for money-team Manchester City. 

He was quite sensational during his time at White Hart Lane and only left north London for an at the time world record fee.

Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been the beating heart of the Spurs defence for what feels like an age now.

While he has constantly been linked with a move away from the club, Alderweireld has stayed true, putting in some sublime performances at the back for Tottenham.

Jan Vertonghen

Alongside Alderweireld, Vertonghen made up the second half of one the most formidable defensive pairings on the continent.

They were frightfully difficult to break down and as a result, were able to mount several charges for the title.

They all ended in misery, unfortunately, but you can hardly blame Vertonghen for that.

Danny Rose

Rose has been a divisive figure at Spurs but you certainly can’t question his ability.

Some might doubt whether he ever lived up to his immense potential but the man has clocked in some marvellous performances down the left flank and is fully deserving of his place in this team.

Mousa Dembele

Dembele was a truly special player in his pomp.

His ability to glide through midfield and brutally shut down opposition attacks made him a dream for any manager.

He was a Rolls-Royce midfielder but was sadly plagued by injuries before moving to the far-east to finish his career in China.

Luka Modric

Possibly one of the best players to have ever pulled on a Spurs shirt.

Modric was silky, creative and almost unstoppable when in the mood and his days in the Tottenham midfield will always be fondly remembered.

He would eventually move to Real Madrid and win the Ballon d’Or – just in case you needed reminding of how good he was.

Christian Eriksen

The Dane has been sublime for Spurs over the last few years.

His goal-scoring prowess has been massively important and the relationship he formed with Harry Kane proved to be prolific.

Sadly, his influence has begun to wane after having his head turned by a potential move away.

He is still at the club, however, and Mourinho will be desperate to squeeze the best out of him once again.

Gareth Bale 

Who can forget Bale tearing Inter Milan to shreds at the San Siro?

The flying Welshman was colossal during his time at Spurs and was quite possibly the clubs finest export.

He would go onto win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid but has recently been linked with a return to the Lily Whites.

Son Heung-Min

The Korean forward has been electrifying since swapping the Bundesliga for the Premier League.

He has netted on 76 occasions for Spurs and shows no sign of slowing down.

Harry Kane

Tottenham’s talismanic striker has arguably been their highlight of the decade.

‘One of their own’ Kane has set the world alight over the last few years with some venomous strikes that left some of the worlds finest goalkeepers helpless. 

His goalscoring record speaks for itself as well, finding the back of the net 177 times in 270 appearances.

He will be desperate to help the club finally end their 12-year long trophy drought.

So there you have it – quite a team.

Just imagine the damage this lot could’ve done if they had all played together at the same time.

Spurs have produced some incredible players but the sad thing is that a lot of them have enjoyed their most successful periods at other clubs.

The likes of Bale, Modric and Walker have been swimming in silverware since their respective departures while those who remained have had to watch on, wondering if their time will ever come.

You can’t help but feel that a trophy is surely around the corner for Spurs though, especially now that Mourinho is at the helm.

The squad is packed full of talented players, and, if Mourinho can get the best out of them, they really could get their hands on a trophy very soon

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