Tottenham Hotspur fans, remember Reto Ziegler?
Sometimes, there is nothing like being reminded about a blast from the past and the Switzerland international would certainly have to fall into that category for those in north London.
Having joined the club as a teenager from Grasshopper Zurich in 2004, Zeigler went on to become an important player for both Jacques Santini and Martin Jol during his first season at the club.
Naturally a left-back, he was utilised on the left-hand side of the midfield and made a number of appearances and created a name for himself at White Hart Lane as he thrived in his early spell.
Because of his youth, he was rather fearless with the ball and did not mind when going forward and his exciting play certainly got a number of fans out of their seats.
Speaking of fans, Ziegler admits he is still one and admitted that he has always followed Spurs.
“Of course, I am still a fan of Tottenham,” he told The Boot Room in 2018. “I was a fan of Tottenham before I joined and I still am. There has been a lot of big changes there so I don’t have any team-mates anymore who play with Spurs. But I always follow them.”
However, following that one rather impressive campaign, where he made 31 appearances and scored one goal, things never really got going for him and he went on to take a rather nomadic journey within football.
Whilst at Tottenham, he spent time on loan at Hamburger SV, Wigan Athletic and Sampdoria before making his switch to the Italians permanent in 2007. He remained with the club until 2011 before moving onto Juventus – although he failed to play a single game for the Serie A giants.
During his time in Turin, he spent two loan spells with Fenerbache which were wedged either side of a spell in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow, before joining Sassuolo.
With Juventus obviously lacking the need for him, he returned to his homeland and turned out for FC Sion and Luzern before his latest career move – a switch to FC Dallas in the MLS, where he now plays as a centre-back, although his first campaign in America was rather a mixed bag for the 33-year-old as he scored four goals but was also shown three red cards.
Ziegler may not be remembered by many Tottenham fans, but it appears he will be supporting the club for life.
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