Where are the 2007-2008 Carling Cup winners now?

The one reason why Tottenham Hotspur aren’t world class yet is that the side haven’t won a trophy since the 2007-2008 Carling Cup. The team promised big things, with two successive fifth placed finishes, but a disappointing start meant that Martin Jol would be replaced by Juande Ramos that season. On the day, a difficult fixture against Chelsea at Wembley, a free kick from Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the lead, before a Dimitar Berbatov penalty sent the tie into extra time. A lucky Jonathan Woodgate goal secured an unpredicted victory for Spurs. Ever wondered where the team that played that day ended up? Well, this is where they are now…

GK – Paul Robinson

Recently deputising for Tom Heaton at Burnley in the Premier League at the age of 37, Robinson was a very loyal servant to Spurs and even scored once, against Watford. After being replaced by Heurelho Gomes, the former England goalkeeper played for Blackburn for seven years and, whilst his career is declining, his passion and commitment has never gone.

RB – Alan Hutton

It isn’t unfair to suggest that the Scottish defender never matched the potential that he had hinted at before he joined Spurs. After leaving the club, Hutton joined Villa and had various loan deals without impressing on a consistent enough basis.

CB – Jonathan Woodgate

His disastrous debut as a Real Madrid player foreshadowed a career plagued with injury problems. He recently retired after a four-year spell at Middlesbrough and he would have been more important domestically and for his country had he not had such luck.

CB – Ledley King

Similarly to Woodgate, Ledley was the king of North London, spending his entire playing career as a Spurs player. Many say he would have gone on to be the heart of England’s defence had he not such awful luck with injury. His current role as an ambassador allows him to continue his affiliation with the club.

LB – Pascal Chimbonda

The Frenchman, who left Spurs that summer, had spells with a variety of English clubs, including Sunderland, before returning to his home country. He is currently a free agent and has been for a while.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Of everyone in the lineup, the winger was most recently still a Spurs regular. He currently plays for Everton and he turns 30 in April next year. There was much promise in his career, but after the emergence of Gareth Bale on the other wing, Lennon’s progress stuttered and he hasn’t been able to match his early potential.

CM – Jermaine Jenas

After leaving Spurs, the Englishman played briefly for the likes of Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers. He retired at quite a young age to concentrate on his career as a pundit and has made a name for himself as a likeable pundit on BBC and BT Sport.

CM – Didier Zokora

Still going strong at the age of 35, the Ivorian has played for some respectable clubs like Sevilla and Trabonspor. He is now playing in the Indian League for North East United FC.

LM – Steed Malbranque

Malbranque’s decision to join Sunderland was a bizarre one as a he was a first team regular at Spurs. Good spells with Lyon and the Black Cats followed and he now plays for Caen.

STR – Robbie Keane

Keane enjoyed a fantastic career in which the Irishman scored goals at every club he was at. His spell at LA Galaxy will come to an end this year after a phenomenal record for a man of his age. Even with his advancing years, he wouldn’t be a bad signing for many clubs when he becomes available.

STR – Dimitar Berbatov

After leaving Spurs and a fantastic partnership with Robbie Keane behind, the Bulgarian joined Manchester United before spells at Fulham and Monaco in which he has scored many goals. Now playing for PAOK Thessaloniki, Berbatov is still going strong at the age of 35.



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