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Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in their debut season, but it will be the Europa League next term. Kevin Palmer rates a Spurs squad that finished fifth in the Premier League.

Luka Modric: 9.5

Modric has maintained a steady level of brilliance throughout the season, earning him the plaudits as the star of the Tottenham show ahead of Champions League heroes Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale. He may be small in stature, but his strength against opponents eager to kick him out of the game is one of his many assets. No wonder Manchester United are eager to sign him.

Gareth Bale: 9

Bale's performances throughout 2010 slipped into the world-class category on a weekly basis, yet injuries and his opponent's success in nullifying this wing raider has stunted his progress in recent months. If Tottenham want to get the maximum £40 million return on their Premier League Player of the Year, they will need to sell the injury prone Welshman this summer as he faces a big test of his lofty status next season.

Rafael van der Vaart: 9

Along with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, Van der Vaart was the outstanding foreign newcomer to the Premier League this season. However, his arrival at Tottenham gave boss Harry Redknapp plenty of headaches as he was forced to change his formation to accommodate the free-roaming Dutchman. He was sublime when the spotlight was at its brightest, but he went missing in lower profile games.

William Gallas: 8.5

The surprise story of Tottenham's success was undoubtedly former Arsenal skipper Gallas, whose arrival at White Hart Lane was greeted with hoots of derision from most of the club's supporters. However, Harry Redknapp was right to sign this veteran performer on a free transfer and he was colossus at the back despite seemingly carrying a host of niggling injuries.

Sandro: 8

Sandro's emergence as a midfielder of real clout was confirmed at the San Siro in February, as he bossed the midfield and laid the foundations for a magnificent Tottenham victory over AC Milan. After backing that up with powerful displays against Chelsea and Liverpool, this Brazilian confirmed he is the real deal. In fact, such was the impact he made, Champions League sides may try to poach him this summer.

Aaron Lennon: 7.5

A player who has worked hard to ensure his trickery on the right flank is complimented by an effective final product and his impressive number of assists this term confirms he has made good progress in that department. He needs to add a few more goals of his own to add to his resume next season, but Lennon can be satisfied with his efforts.

Michael Dawson: 7.5

The Tottenham captain grew into his role as a leader of this side as he emerged as one of the mainstays of a back four that was ravaged by injury problems over the course of the season. He will have benefited from his Champions League experience and his display in the last-16 ties against AC Milan confirmed he is now a classy operator.

Younes Kaboul: 7

Another successful Harry Redknapp signing who has silenced his doubters among the Spurs faithful, the towering Kaboul turned in some fine performances amid an injury plagued season. His winning goal in the north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium will live long in the memory for all Tottenham fans.

Benoit Assou Ekotto: 7

Gareth's Bale move to a left wing role gave Assou Ekotto a chance to re-establish himself at full-back and he is a player who has divided opinions. Often caught out of position and maligned as a result by respected ex-professionals, his attacking prowess and commitment to the cause have papered over some of his flaws. He can be satisfied with his efforts this season, especially in the Champions League.

Wilson Palacios: 6.5

Injuries were a constant companion for Palacios in recent months as he battled in vain to build on his immaculate performance in the Champions League last-16 tie against AC Milan at the San Siro. His over-enthusiasm can attract unwanted attention from match officials at times and his poor distribution can let him down, but he is solid midfield enforcer.

Carlo Cudicini: 6.5

Many Tottenham fans would like to have seen this experienced keeper drafted into the side ahead of the accident-prone Heurelho Gomes long before the end of the campaign, yet he confirmed he was worthy of his inclusion in the final few games of the season and has been handed a new contract as a result.

Niko Kranjcar: 6.5

Kranjcar confirmed he is a quality operator during the fleeting moments of first team action that came the way of this Croatian midfielder, with his goals against Bolton and Sunderland helping to earn vital victories. Harry Redknapp clearly doesn't see him fitting in his team and, for that reason, he will be leaving Spurs this summer.

Peter Crouch: 6.5

Were it not for his moment of madness as he picked up a second yellow card 15 minutes into Tottenham's Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, Crouch would have been worthy of a higher rating as he was a talisman of their European adventure. Match officials were a big enemy again for him this season as this giant target man seems to get penalised for every challenge even if he is not committing a foul.

Roman Pavlyuchenko: 6

A little like Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko came to life when the Champions League action heated up, but he has a tendency to look sleepy against modest opposition. Boss Harry Redknapp gets infuriated by his Russian marksman and it remains to be seen if he has a spot in his long-term plans.

Alan Hutton: 6

Very much a second choice full-back for Harry Redknapp at the start of the season, Hutton established himself in the side as Tottenham's European adventure gathered momentum. A threat bursting down the flank, his tendency to get caught out of position at times saw him return to bench-warming duty at the back end of the campaign.

Sebastien Bassong: 6

Boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Bassong will be leaving Tottenham this summer and that is hardly surprising after his season in the fringes of their first team. A fifth or sixth choice centre-back, it was always going to be difficult for him to slot straight into high profile games when the call came.

Tom Huddlestone: 6

There may not be a sweeter striker of a football in the Premier League, yet the trimmed down Huddlestone did not play enough games to fulfil the potential he has teased us with for a couple of years now. Lengthy spells in the treatment room did not help his cause and he needs to shed his 'nearly man' tag next season.

Heurelho Gomes: 6

Gomes may well have over-achieved in many respects, as he got away with some kamikaze goalkeeping and convinced many that he had shed his tendency to throw in a clanger to compliment his shot stopping abilities. However, he returned to his old ways at the end of the campaign and, as a result, he is another set to leave the club this summer.

Steven Pienaar: 5.5

Much was expected of Pienaar after Spurs snaffled him from Chelsea's clutches in January, but he has struggled to make his mark in a squad with several players of his ilk. Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone and Niko Kranjcar were all vying for the role of back-up midfielder at Spurs and now boss Redknapp needs to trim that waiting list.

Danny Rose: 5.5

Rose seemed to be a one-hit wonder at Spurs because after his stunning goal against Arsenal last season, he waited a full year to re-emerge in their first team. His solid performances at the back end of the season, especially in the important win against Liverpool at Anfield, suggested he might have a bright future at Tottenham after all.

Vedran Corluka: 5

Corluka's determination to pass the ball to an opposing player has meant he has struggled to win over his doubters among the Spurs faithful this season and Redknapp may well be among their number. Don't be surprised to see this Croatian defender joining Gomes in heading for the exit door the summer.

Ledley King: 6

King is fortunate to have very understanding employers, as he has barely taken part in a training session for five years and is still granted an extension to his stay at Tottenham due to his brilliance when he takes to the field. Harry Redknapp seems content to give King a chance to defy medical science and extend his career, but his continued fitness woes are a hindrance to the Spurs cause.

Jermaine Jenas: 4

Time seems to be up for Jenas at Tottenham, as he is said to be one of the players Harry Redknapp wants to off-load this summer and the truth is this midfielder has fallen short of what is required at a club pushing for Champions League football. He may do a decent job for a side battling to beat the drop at the other end of the table.

Robbie Keane: 2

Keane will wriggle uncomfortably at the prospect of returning to Tottenham for pre-season training after his proposed move to West Ham was scrapped following their relegation to the Championship. This Republic of Ireland legend needs a move to fresh pastures, with Wolves a possible destination.

Jermain Defoe: 2

Defoe has been doing his best to suggest his woeful Premier League goal return this term has been down to his lack of first team chances, yet the statistics do not back up his claims. He scored just four times in the English top flight all season and, once again, none of those goals came against top quality opposition. Sadly, Defoe has been exposed as a second-rate striker and his barren season dented Spurs' hopes of returning to the Champions League.

David Bentley: 1

This enigma finished last term with something of a flourish and the expectation was that he had finally toned down his ego enough to become a useful performer at a top club, yet this season's calamities have all but confirmed Bentley is destined to miss the top-flight boat. Barely given a chance at Spurs, he did little better on loan at Birmingham.


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