We can’t believe six former Tottenham players are still playing in 2021


Tottenham Hotspur is one of those clubs where wherever you look you will likely find one of their former players playing somewhere.

Andros Townsend, Ryan Fredericks and Kyle Walker-Peters are just three of Spurs ‘academy graduates currently on the Premier League clubs’ books, while former players like Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches play their football. club in the European “big five”. leagues.

However, there are more former Tottenham players still active than you might think. We’ve picked a few of those that you probably didn’t realize were still playing in 2021.

Roman pavlyuchenko

Anyone who has watched Pavlyuchenko at his best in North London will have seen a man who clearly enjoyed playing football and scoring goals.

The Russia international hasn’t played for his country since 2012, but he has continued to move down the national pyramid in his home country and continues to score goals wherever he plays.

He was last seen in the Russian Third Division for Znamya Noginsk, where his fellow attackers include Dmitri Savin, a man literally young enough to be his son.

Heurelho Gomes

While Pavlyuchenko is still a few months away from turning 40, Gomes took that step in February. At that age, and with several months as a free agent, you would have forgiven him for retiring. However, he did nothing of the sort.

The former Watford and PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper, who has accumulated more than 100 games for Spurs, has returned to South America to join Democrata, a lower league team from the Minas Gerais region.

His teammates in Brazil include Wesley (not that one), Luiz Gustavo (not that one) and Ze Carlos (not the… yeah you got that already, right?).

Giovani dos Santos

When Gio dos Santos joined Spurs from Barcelona in 2008, it seemed like a real coup for Juande Ramos. In the end, it wasn’t, and for a number of reasons.

Some 13 years later, the Mexican has racked up over 100 international caps, showing there is life after all his Tottenham spell counts, and he has scored goals in three different countries after leaving White Hart Lane .

As of this writing, he is reportedly set to return to Major League Soccer, where he played with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ashley Cole at LA Galaxy, after a stint in Mexico with Club America.

Reto Ziegler

Speaking of Major League Soccer, that’s where Ziegler played until last year.

The former Switzerland international joined Spurs as a teenager in 2004, when Jacques Santini was in the dugout and scored his one and only Spurs goal against an Everton side consisting of David Weir, Kevin Campbell and Gary Naysmith.

Now 35, the left-wing player joined Lugano in his native Switzerland ahead of the 2021-22 season, having previously played in Germany, Italy, Turkey and Russia during a busy career.

Sandro

Not only does Sandro’s Tottenham fate make it seem like it happened eons ago, but his entire time in English football feels that way.

The Brazil international spent time with Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion after leaving north London, and you could be forgiven for thinking that his departure from Loftus Road was quickly followed by a quiet retirement. Not so.

Sandro is still only 32 and is now at his sixth different club since leaving England. He signed for Belenenses over the summer, joining the Portuguese squad on a two-year contract.

Calum Davenport

Yeah, that Calum Davenport. The former England Under-21 defender hasn’t played league football for more than a decade, but he recently ended a period of play by joining Tavistock AFC.

His new Devon-based employers play in the ninth tier of English football, where their opponents this season include Wellington, Street and Mousehole.

“The way he presented himself, it was about giving back to the game, he lives in the Tavistock area and he knows we’re trying to get out of this Western League,” manager Stuart Henderson said at the conference. signing of the center-back, who made his full debut for Tavistock in August 2021.


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