At 35 years of age there is little doubt that Tottenham’s William Gallas falls into the category of veteran.
The Asnières-sur-Seine born Frenchman has an impressive footballing CV. Back to back Premier League titles, FA Cup, Charity Shield, and Confederations Cup wins and he has made 84 appearances for France. His contributions at Spurs haven’t been rewarded with any silverware, but he has nevertheless been a vital cog in the machine at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas now finds himself with a surfeit of centre backs. Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Steven Caulker and Jan Vertonghen makes four. Add Gallas and you have five.
My squads in the past are built on four central defenders. We decided to go with five this season because of a setback to Younès Kaboul.
William has been a massive player for us this season … he’s a player we trust a lot. Whatever we decide regarding his future, we’ll have to wait and see, but we are aware of what a presence he’s been for us this season.”
Micheal Dawson has particularly distinguished himself for Tottenham this season buy not only making a concerted effort to stay and fight for his place, but to also adapt his playing style to one more in keeping with the Villas-Boas methodology.
Gallas may have a season or two left in him, but it will be interesting if these are spent in N17, or perhaps more lucrative and sunnier climes.