Currently plying his trade for north London outfit Tottenham Hotspur, Benoit Assou-Ekotto took his first steps on the professional ladder at French club Lens. Having come up through the youth ranks of the Ligue 1 outfit, the left-back made 73 first-team appearances in four seasons before his move to English football in summer 2006.
Despite an injury-hit start to his Spurs career, Assou-Ekotto’s solidity, intelligent positioning and speed on the break have won over the White Hart Lane faithful, with the player making particularly great strides since Harry Redknapp’s appointment as manager.
Born in Arras, France, but eligible for Cameroon via his father, Assou-Ekotto first joined up with the Indomitable Lions in February 2009 after heeding the call of then boss Otto Pfister. Since Pfister was replaced by French supremo Paul Le Guen, the Spurs defender has been vying for the national side's left-back berth with Henri Bedimo.