DREAM TEAM

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

JONATHAN OBIKA The Brighton striker, on loan from Tot­ten­ham, chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer.

GOAL­KEEPER

Chris Weale – Shrews­bury Town When I was on loan with Yeovil in 2009 we were try­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion. He came up for a corner when we were 2-1 down in a vi­tal game against Here­ford and scored, which was amaz­ing. But he’s not just in for that, he made plenty of good saves too!

RIGHT BACK

Adam Smith – Bournemouth I grew up with him in the Tot­ten­ham youth acad­emy since I was 11. I loved play­ing with him, he’s good de­fen­sively, he gets for­ward and he can put qual­ity crosses in. Ev­ery­thing you need from a right back.

LEFT BACK

Jan Ver­tonghen – Tot­ten­ham I know he doesn’t play there of­ten but he’s a class player and does the job so well. He’s one of those de­fend­ers who is so good to watch, he’s a great ath­lete and I def­i­nitely want him in my team.

CEN­TRE BACKS

Terry Skiver­ton – Re­tired His lead­er­ship and his abil­ity to con­trol ev­ery­one around him was amaz­ing at Yeovil. He was so good at man-man­age­ment, he knew how to han­dle all types of player so his in­flu­ence on this team will be vi­tal. Wil­liam Gal­las – Perth Glory Again his lead­er­ship was in­cred­i­ble. When I was quite young he spoke to me and gave me con­fi­dence be­fore a match. How I saw him play was al­ways good mo­ti­va­tion for me as well.

LEFT MID­FIELD

Gareth Bale – Real Madrid I was in the acad­emy when he came to Tot­ten­ham at 17 and just to see his growth and im­prove­ment is pure mo­ti­va­tion for any young­ster. He al­ways had the abil­ity, but he some­times lacked the con­fi­dence. Look at him now, though: the most ex­pen­sive player in the world. But he made a big mis­take by leav­ing Spurs – he’s not the same player he was. His ca­reer is only go­ing down­hill from here – the turn­coat!

RIGHT MID­FIELD

Andy Welsh – Scun­thorpe United He’s an­other one I played with at Yeovil. He was one of the older play­ers when I went and he led by ex­am­ple. He was a proper pro­fes­sional by the way he con­ducted him­self on and off the pitch and he got on with ev­ery­body. He was a good per­son to look up to.

CENTRALI MID­FIELD

Tom Hud­dle­stone – Hull City I like how he plays foot­ball. He can find you any­where on the pitch and he made your job eas­ier. I am sure man­agers have their own vi­sion of how they want things done but he’s been a very good sign­ing for Hull. Paul Wot­ton – Ply­mouth Ar­gyle He was our cap­tain at Yeovil and one of the fun­ni­est peo­ple I have ever met. His ban­ter and some of the fa­cial ex­pres­sions he used to pull were priceless and he was just a class player. He was a Roy Keane type of char­ac­ter and I en­joyed play­ing with him.

STRIK­ERS

Yann Ker­mor­gant – Bournemouth I en­joyed play­ing with Yann at Charl­ton. He liked be­ing the tar­get man and the lay-offs were al­ways crisp and per­fect. He’s very good in the air so we linked up well. I def­i­nitely picked up a lot of very good at­tributes from him. Jer­main De­foe – Tot­ten­ham (Join­ing Toronto FC on Fe­bru­ary 28) Do­ing the fin­ish­ing ses­sions af­ter train­ing with him, he was al­ways spot on. He’s one of the best fin­ish­ers around and he was some­one to look up to. There’s so much qual­ity at Tot­ten­ham and the man­ager ob­vi­ously knows what he wants to do but I’m sure Jer­main will prove his class at Toronto.

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