The fact that Benoit Assou-Ekotto has played more matches this season than any other Spurs player clearly illustrates his emergence as a key element in Harry Redknapp’s plans.
Yet when he badly injured his knee back in December, 2006, his White Hart Lane career was almost over before it had begun.
Benni is the main interview in the March issue of Hotspur magazine where he recalls the moment when the medical assessment suggested that he might not play again.
“It was a difficult time,” he says. “I wasn’t really left with any targets to work towards…the diagnosis was literally step-by-step and that’s how I had to take it. It was hard mentally…but I am so thankful to have fully recovered.”
And one lucky reader has the chance to walk away with a pair of Benoit’s signed match boots in our latest exclusive and free-to-enter competition.
We take a close look at out latest Champions League success and striker Peter Crouch talks about the early-day influences that took him from youth football to the San Siro and England international status.
Luka Modric tells us why he is working harder in training while we also feature interviews with Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, Sebastien Bassong and Wilson Palacios.
Jermain Defoe talks about the goalscoring inspiration he is seeking from watching tapes of the great Jimmy Greaves in action and Harry Redknapp is back, answering readers’ questions about Beatles, dogs…and pre-match tots of whisky!
Williams Gallas is the subject of our ‘Box2Box’ question-and-answer session, talking about his early days and his optimism for the future with Spurs. Steven Pienaar tells us all about his likes and dislikes off the pitch, including a special Rafael van der Vaart goal when the two were at Ajax together. And fellow South African international Bongani Khumalo takes us on a tour of his home-town Pretoria.
In his regular column Ossie Ardiles tries to catch his breath after our brilliant display in Milan and looks back of one of his own European games for Spurs when we beat Ajax 3-1 in Amsterdam. We also track down Gus Poyet at Brighton and look back on the Spurs career of Welsh international Paul Price.
We continue to tell the story of our 1960-61 Double with all the facts from March, 1961, as we stuttered in the League but reached Wembley to keep the dream alive. And the player featured as we celebrate that great achievement of 50 years ago is captain Danny Blanchflower.
All this and a whole lot more in the latest issue of Hotspur magazine – on sale from today.
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