- December 28, 1986
- Squad No.
- Joined Spurs
- July 2005
- Previous Club(s)
- Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)
Stylish midfielder and one of the best passers of the ball around, Tom joined us as an 18-year-old from Derby County in July, 2005.Unfortunately, his playing time was restricted to just four appearances in 2011-12 as he underwent ankle surgery.
He was back in training by the end of the season and back in action during out pre-season tour of America in the summer of 2012.
A product of Derby's youth academy, Tom made his senior debut aged just 16 in August 2003, and went on to make 95 appearances for the Rams before arriving in N17.
During the early part of his Spurs career, Tom was loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers for further Championship experience, where he made 13 appearances and scored one goal - ironically against Derby at Pride Park, for whom he never found the net in two seasons!
Tom returned from Molineux to make his Spurs first team debut in a 1-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham in January 2006.
During the following campaign, the England Under-21 international established himself in the first team, scoring three goals in 35 games.
Still only 20 years of age at the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, Tom made the most of every opportunity given to him, and ended the campaign with his best return of both goals and games for the Club to date - four in 43.
He was a member of the side that won the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2008, and it soon led to England Head Coach Fabio Capello first showing an interest in Tom.
In May 2008, he was called up to the senior England squad for the first time for end-of-season friendlies with USA and Trinidad & Tobago.
Tom was handed the captain's armband at Spurs for the first time in a UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie with Shakhtar Donetsk in February 2009.
In November 2009, Tom won his first senior England cap when he represented the Three Lions in a friendly with Brazil held in Doha, Qatar.
The call-up came on the back of an impressive start to the 2009-10 campaign, in which Tom started every single Premier League game, mainly in the heart of midfield but also at centre-half when needed, right up until Boxing Day!
In the end, he started more Premier League games than anyone else (33 of 38) and made more starts (41/50) in all competitions than anyone apart from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who made 42.
Tom also played a key role as we finished fourth in the Premier League, partnering Luka Modric in central midfield in those huge wins against Arsenal, Chelsea, Bolton and Manchester City - not forgetting his wonderful strike to beat Bolton 1-0 at the Lane on May 1.
His form earned a call into Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man World Cup squad for South Africa 2010, but he was unfortunately cut from the final 23.
During the 2010-11 campaign, Tom was given the captain's armband on a number of occasions, most notably in both games against Inter Milan in the group stages of the Champions League.
He played a key role in our fine start to the season but an ankle injury eventually got the better of him and he was ruled out between November-April.
On his return, he scored one of the goals of the season in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal before being ruled out for another month, returning for the season's finale against Birmingham City. He made 20 appearance in total in 2010-11, scoring three goals.
Once again though, injury got the better of him in 2011-12.
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