Cameroon international Timothée Atouba spent a season with us in 2004-05 following a move from FC Basel and went on to play 24 matches in all competitions.
The versatile, left-sided player was among seven individuals making their first-team debut for us against Liverpool on August 14, 2004 – the others being Sean Davis, Erik Edman, Phil Ifil, Pedro Mendes, Noureddine Naybet and Paul Robinson.
A week later, Atouba (pictured, right) scored his only goal for us – a curling effort to give us a 1-0 win at Newcastle United on August 21, 2004.
Atouba won a total of 42 caps for Cameroon between 2000 and 2010 and was included in their squads for the African Cup of Nations in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Of those caps, five came while he was a Spurs player.
He was sold to Hamburger SV in 2005 and then played for Ajax between 2009 and 2011 under former manager Martin Jol. Atouba was playing his club football for Las Palmas until this summer.
Benoît Assou-Ekotto signed for us in the summer of 2006. The left-back made his debut for us away to Bolton Wanderers on August 19, 2006, the same day Dimitar Berbatov and Didier Zokora made their first starts for us. To date, Assou-Ekotto has played 204 competitive matches for us and scored four goals in our colours.
Despite being born in Arras, France, Assou-Ekotto chose to represent Cameroon at international level. His debut for Les Lions Indomptables came against Guinea in a friendly match on February 11, 2009, and he has been included in their squad on a relatively regular basis ever since. He travelled with Cameroon to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil this summer, playing all three of the nation’s games at the tournament in 2010 and two of their three matches in 2014. All 24 of his international caps have been won while at Spurs.
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