Michael followed his former colleagues Jermaine Defoe and Frederic Kanoute in making the short trip from West Ham to Tottenham a year later, in 2004. Carrick impressed in the centre of the park for West Ham after coming through the youth set up, where he won the 1999 FA Youth Cup. He went onto play 136 times for the clarets.
Michael made his Premier League comeback in October 2004, having spent a year in the Championship, following West Ham’s relegation. The Geordie midfielder initially struggled for first team opportunities under Jacques Santini, but after the Frenchman left Carrick established himself in the centre of midfield.
The elegant passer began to impress, controlling the midfield whilst showing off his range of passing. Surprisingly it took Michael over a year to score his first goal for Spurs, only adding to his tally once in 64 appearances for Tottenham, before departing to Manchester United in July 2006.