After impressing for Portsmouth as a 20 year old, Darren Anderton caught the eye of Terry Venables who paid £2million for the wide man’s services. Following his 1992 summer move, Anderson initially struggled to replicate his form in the lilywhite of Tottenham. However by the New Year and an operation later the ex Pompey midfielder began to justify his price tag.
His pace and strength caused nightmares for opposing full backs, accompanied by his exceptional delivery reinforced the faith Venables’ placed in him. Anderton continued to improve, receiving his first England cap in the 1993/1994 season and becoming part of our “famous five” under Ossie Ardiles.
The 1995/1996 season promised so much for Anderton, however injured plagued his season, only just recovering for Euro ’96. The following years lead to much of the same, however the Englishman did help us lift the Worthington Cup in 1999.
Darren spent another 5 years at the Lane before moving on to Birmingham City.