We all read Jose Mourinho's list of indispensable players at Chelsea and it got me wondering who ours are. We have a large competitive squad and we constantly debate about players not being given a chance but some when they have been given a chance have made themselves indispensable.
Here's my list:
Paul Robinson - England's number one and among the best keepers in the premiership.
Pascal Chimbonda - like many I questioned whether he would make a good signing. Not anything to do with a £6 million price tag but whether he was actually that good or a one season wonder at a small club. His speed, strength, reading of the game and ability in the air has made him a firm fan favourite and arguably our best player so far this season.
Ledley King - Often injured this season and we've suffered heavily in the league as a result. When fit he's as good a defender as anyone in the premiership.
Aaron Lennon - bought supposedly as Routledges' under-study but when he played he terrorised even the best of defenders and made himself an unlikely member of the England World Cup squad.
Berbatov - scoring for fun in the UEFA Cup and his all round play has made him our one striker Jol never considers dropping for tactical reasons and will only find himself on the bench from the start if he needs a rest.
Unfortunately that is it. You could mention Dawson but he has struggled at times this season without Ledley by his side and may be another season away from being considered for the England squad, to be fair Tom Huddlestone also fits that description.
Ekotto needs more time and Ghaly also needs to work on his all round play. Jenas has been much debated in Spurscommunity and no doubt he upped his performances at the beginning of this season and as a result was drastically over-rated as our Gerrard. These players alongside Defoe, Keane and Malbranque find themselves in the first team squad but haven't quite done enough to cement themselves as indispensable.
Time will tell though and we need some of these players to really hit the peak of their potential and then we can really start considering ourselves as competing for a Champions League spot. Sadly for us not this season though.