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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!!)
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.
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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.