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We kick off our week of post-season awards with our vote for player of the season for Tottenham Hotspur.

Laurence Griffiths

Tottenham Hotspur have finally wrapped up their 2012-2013 Barclay's Premier League campaign and now it's time to take a look back on the season that was. This week we're going to ask the community to vote on a number of awards. We're going to kickoff our voting with the Player of the Season award. The one caveat on this award is that this is a non-Gareth Bale award. Obviously Bale is the club's player of the season, so we need to decide who the next most important player for Spurs.

One of the first players mentioned for consideration when I asked the staff was Hugo Lloris. The French goalkeeper really allowed Andre Villas-Boas to play his preferred system of pressing high up the pitch. Lloris was consistently amazing with his positioning and made a number of excellent saves. From the time Lloris took over as the full-time number one keeper, Spurs only suffered three losses in the league.

Another highly influential player was Mousa Dembele. The Belgian midfielder struggled with injuries during the campaign and his role changed when Sandro got injured and was replaced by Scott Parker. However, it was the Belgian's ability in midfield that helped compensate for the loss of the club's best player (Luka Modric) in the offseason. Dembele may not have played as consistently as we would have liked, but there was no doubt that he was highly influential.

Aaron Lennon had one of the best seasons of his career this year, though his stats might not reflect it. Aaron Lennon's pace led many a counterattack and often led, indirectly, to goals for Spurs. The right midfielder also provided the only width in a Tottenham team that played increasingly narrow.

Finally, Michael Dawson may not have been Andre Villas-Boas' first choice at centerback by the longtime Spurs captain forced his way into playing time with a string of wonderful performances. His fine form kept Steven Caulker firmly rooted to the bench and meant that the club hardly missed Younes Kaboul.

So, who do you think was Tottenham Hotspur's Non-Gareth Bale Player of the Season?