With Gareth Bell subbing in for Tottenham against West Ham in the 72nd minute on Sunday, we last published a recall that he made his first appearance for the club.
Gareth Bell was a Tottenham Hotspur player for only three months when he was named to the first team, on the left, following his debut on 26 August 2007 against Manchester United. He was paired with a move from United and Arsenal. , He joined Spurs for a £ 5m deal (£ 5m of additional add-ons) from Southampton, although the 18-year-old Welshman had still not settled on a position and was flipping between defense and midfield.
Apparently, Bell had potential, but his Spurs career began disastrously. United won the 1-0 winners thanks to Nani’s first goal for the club; He later picked up a season-ending injury in December and did not enjoy a win for the Spurs in their first 24 Premier League games until a drought broke out in September 2009 against Burnley after two years.
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Bell’s career took off after that and although he did not manage to help the Spurs to the trophy, he won the PFA Footballer of the Year award in 2011 and 2013, with his final season in 34 premiere games at White Premier Lane Had 21 goals. Soon he was on an airplane to Real Madrid, signing for the then world record fee of £ 85.3m, where he went on to win two La Liga titles and four Champions League.
Now back on loan at Tottenham after going sour after his time in Madrid, we take a look at Bale’s first round with the team 13 years ago and see where the match squads are now.
GK: Paul Robinson. The goalkeeper won 41 caps for England and stayed at the Spurs’ No. 1 until 2008, when he was replaced by Hurello Gomes. He moved to Blackburn for £ 3.5m in July 2008 and then spent time with Burnley from 2015 to 2017 before retiring in July 2017. He is now a TV pundit, studying for his coaching badge and playing cricket for fellow former goalkeeper for local side, Narborough. Nigel Martin.
DF: Pascal Chimbonda. Returned to Sunderland on the right side in 2008, making three appearances at Spurs and then Blackburn, QPR, Doncaster Rovers, Market Drayton Town (where he played for free, Carlisle United, AC Arles-) began a nomadic career. Avignon, Washington and Ashton Town. He now runs PC39 Academy in Manchester.
DF: Ricardo Rocha. Rocha’s time at Sports was very short, and he made just 18 appearances in 2009 before going on a free transfer for Standard Lies. The Portugal defender had his final three years at Portsmouth from 2010–2013, where he tried to play a role as director of football. He is now doing some TV punditry work in Portugal.
DF: Anthony Gardner. The one-cap England center-back made 143 appearances for the Spurs before moving to Everton and Hull City on loan. He joined Plow permanently for £ 2.9m in 2008, and spent time at Crystal Palace on Wednesday and then at Sheffield before retiring in 2014. He is now playing poker for entertainment under the username MaceWindu1 and is part of the Two Touch Football Agency.
DF: Lee Young-Payo Following Spurs’ 92 appearances in 2005-2008, the South Korean leftist joined Borussia Dortmund for £ 450k. He went on to play for Al-Hilal and Vancouver Whitesake before retiring in 2013. He is now fond of cycling, running and badminton, while he also appears in charity matches.
MF: Stade Malburnke. The French midfielder joined Spurs from Fulham for £ 2.7m in 2006 and had two seasons at White Hart Lane before moving to Sunderland for £ 4.5m in 2008. He then left time in 2019, spending time with Saint-Etienne, Lyon, SM Jane and MDA Chaseley, looking like he was going to retirement. But, remarkably, in September – at the age of 40 – he signed for French championnote National 3 side FC Limonest.
MF: Germain Janus. The England midfielder made 201 appearances for the Spurs, and he left for QPR in July 2014 on a free transfer, following loan spells at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest. In January 2016, he was forced to retire at the age of 31 following an ACL injury and is now a successful TV pundit and co-commentator.
MF: Tom Huddlestone. Huddlestone, who won four caps for England, enjoyed seven seasons at Spurs before moving to Hull City in August 2013 for £ 5.2m. After 161 appearances, he again moved to Derby in 2017 and was released after 183 games for the Ram in July. At the age of 33, he is looking for a new club.
MF: Gareth Bell. The abusive Welsh winger left the Spurs for Real Madrid in September 2013 and won four Champions League – scoring an incredible overhead kick and two La Liga titles in the 2018 final against Liverpool, but found himself in favor of Zinedine Zidan. He almost moved to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in July 2019 but the deal fell through, so he had another season in Real Madrid before being back on loan in September 2020.
Family Welfare: Robbie Keane. The prolific Republic of Ireland center marked the time of his career in November 2018, leaving behind an outstanding legacy in sports and 364 goals from his 21 years in club and international football. He left Spurs for Liverpool in a £ 21m deal in 2008, but then rejoined Tottenham for £ 15m after six months. He then spent time on loan at Celtic and West Ham before joining the LA Galaxy on behalf of MLS in 2011. He returned to Villa on loan and had a brief spell with the Indian team ATK in 2017 before hanging up his shoes a year later. He is now embarking on a coaching career and has been an assistant for Ireland under Mick McCarthy, and then at Middlesbrought under Jonathan Woodgate.
FW: Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian registered 102 appearances for the Spurs and scored 46 goals in September 2008 before joining Manchester United for £ 30.75m. Four and a half years later, he moved to Fulham, and then gave spells before retiring at Monaco, PAOK Salonika and Kerala Blast April 2018. The mercurial striker is now working as a football pundit and plans to take his coaching badge is.
GK: Radek Cerny. The Czech goalkeeper spent three seasons at Spurs before joining QPR in 2008. He visited 78 there and then rejoined Slavia Prague on behalf of boyhood in 2013 before retiring in July 2014. He is still at the club as a goalkeeping coach.
DF: Paul Stalteri. The Canadian right-back joined Spurs in a free from Vader Bremen in July 2005 and made 56 appearances. Fulham and Borussia Monchengaldbach had spells until he retired in March 2013. He is now an assistant manager at Canadian Premier League side York 9 FC.
MF: Didier Zokora. The Ivory Coast midfielder played for the Spurs before spending time in Seville, Trabzonspor, Akisar Beledyspor, Pune City, North East United and Seamen Paddung until 2009. He is now pursuing a sports management degree at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University in Cocody and is a sports advisor to the National Technical Department of Ivory Coast.
MF: Adele Tarbet. The talented midfielder failed to make an impact on Spurs and spent most of his three years on loan at QPR. He joined a permanent deal in 2010 and spent further time on loan at Fulham and Milan before moving to Benfica in 2015. He spent time in Genoa again on loan for the 2017–18 campaign and is still among the Portuguese giants making his league opener debut this season against Famalicao.
Family Welfare: Jermaine Defoe. The 37-year-old is still ruthless in front of the goal, leaving the defenders with Scottish Rangership problems with the Rangers. He left Spurs for Portsmouth in 2008, but was recalled the following January for £ 15m. He had five years at Spurs until he left for Toronto FC in 2014. The spells were followed at Sunderland and Bournemouth and in July 2020 permanently joined the Rangers on Steven Gerrard’s side (following Lone’s move). He left a long legacy. On the international scene with a stunning 20 goals in 57 matches for England.
Manager: Martin Zol. Jol was sacked at half-time in his UEFA Cup match against Getafe in October 2007 and was replaced by Juan Ramos. Zol managed Hamburg, Ajax, Fulham and al-Ahli. He is now the technical director at Dutch Eredivis side Edo den Haig.