It's time now to complete the midfield for Tottenham Hotspur's Worst XI of the Decade. It's been a few weeks since we named Hossam Ghaly as the more defensive part of our midfield pairing now it's time to decide who his partner will be in midfield.
Unlike the list that we had for the two-way/defensive this list is populated by players who played a much smaller role, but who's performances were so poor that their limited appearances were so much more memorable. As always if you feel that I've left anyone of of this list that absolutely should be here let me know in the comments.
Nominations and voting are after the jump.
Andy Reid: If you're a Spurs fan and your answer to the question "Who ate all the pies?" isn't Mido, then it's probably Andy Reid. The Irish midfielder made 27 appearances for Spurs after joining from Nottingham Forest with Michael Dawson back in 2005. For being either a playmaking midfielder or a winger he certainly wasn't very slight. If I'm honest Reid wouldn't have looked out of place in some of the Sunday Leagues both in terms of skill-set and build.
Liverpool before and at Fulham after it's very odd that his performances for Tottenham Hotspur were so bad. Murphy won several trophies with Liverpool (including the Treble in 2001) before joining Charlton Athletic and later Spurs for £2 million in 2006. He went on to make only 29 games for Spurs, scoring two goals. Many believed there was a falling out between Murphy and then manager Martin Jol, but Murphy himself claims his poor form was down to his not being fully over the death of his father. Seems a bit harsh to put this guy in the Worst XI following that revelation, doesn't it?: For a player who had such a productive career at
Adel Taarabt: The Moroccan playmaker joined Spurs in 2007 from Lens. He went on to make 16 appearances for the club, but never scored a goal. When Tottenham signed Taarabt he was hailed as the next Zinedine Zidane, which turned out to be not true at all. Taarabt was an excellent dribbler. I know this because I don't think I ever saw him do anything else. I remember him attempting a pass once, but he got so confused about the technique that he ended up kicking it into touch. Since his departure from Spurs, Taarabt has improved remarkably and was a big factor in Queens Park Rangers returning to the Premier League. He even scored 19 goals for the club last season. Unfortunately, the form he's showed of late was not on display while he was at Spurs.
: Yet another player who seems to play well for everyone but Spurs. After joining the Club from Hertha Berlin for £5.4 million went on to make 24 appearances in two seasons. He initially received a good deal of playing time under Martin Jol and Juande Ramos, but by 2008 he had been forced into the reserves. Boateng, like Taarabt, was prone to fanciful dribbling. He was, however, a better passer; if only because he attempted to pass more often. Boateng has gone on to play quite well for the Ghanian national team and AC Milan. His success in Milan is rather disheartening, because he was pretty awful for Spurs.