There are numerous factors to consider – and with so many talented players having graced our midfield down the years, picking just four promises to be a tough task!
First off, the engine room needs players who could thrive in the middle of the park, winning back possession and driving us forward.
And then you need width. The pace and trickery of our wide men throughout the eras has been nothing short of dazzling, while a ball-playing maestro could provide that extra attacking flair from a central position.
Who would you pick? Have your say here and don’t forget you can still pick your goalkeeper and defenders.
To help you decide on your midfield quartet, we’ve split up the 18 candidates into sections. Here’s a look at just three of the midfielders up for nomination...
A mercurial talent, Paul Gascoigne joined us from Newcastle in the summer of 1988. A big hit on the international scene with England at the World Cup in 1990, he played a key role in our 1991 FA Cup success – scoring one of our most memorable goals of all time with a long-range free-kick in the semi-final victory over rivals Arsenal. A popular character whose football was majestic at times, his Spurs career ended with 33 goals in 112 appearances to his name.
A flamboyant winger who joined us from Newcastle United in 1985, Chris soon became a cult hero at the Lane with his inimitable playing style. Forming part of our famous five-man midfield in the late 1980s, he helped us reach the FA Cup Final in 1987 as well as a third place finish in the league and the semi-finals of the League Cup. The England international scored 42 goals in 173 appearances for us before departing for Marseille in 1989.
Hard-working central midfielder Alan Mullery was an integral part of our success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Crossing London to join us from Fulham in 1964, he formed part of our 1967 FA Cup-winning side and took over the captain’s armband from the influential Dave Mackay. He lifted the League Cup with us in 1971 and did the same with the UEFA Cup silverware the following year, having scored the ultimately decisive goal in our two-legged Final victory over Wolves. He returned to Fulham in 1972, having scored 30 goals in 373 appearances for us.
Be sure to select your favourite four midfielders in Spurs’ Ultimate Team here.