Professional Football Player
Benoît Assou-Ekotto is a professional French-Cameroonian footballer currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur.
Benoit returned from a long-term injury to re-install himself as our first-choice left-back under Harry Redknapp.
His performances led to him being offered a new contract at the start of the 2009-10 season, seeing him at White Hart Lane until 2013.
Signed from French club Lens for the 2006-07 campaign, he made a promising start to his Spurs career with 24 appearances before suffering a knee injury in February 2007 that ultimately ruled him out for the rest of that season.
Benoit returned to action in September 2007 but, after two appearances, the same knee problem resurfaced and ended his campaign early - as well as threatening to end his career altogether.
However, after a summer of rehabilitation, pre-season saw him return to the first team fold in preparation for the 2008-09 season.
Over the course of the campaign, he made 36 appearances in all competitions and earned rave reviews from the manager and fans alike, who voted him the Club's Most Improved Player of the season.
The following season could not have begun any better for Benoit!
Not only did the tough full-back put pen to paper on his new deal, he also scored our first goal of the 2009-10 campaign - an absolute scorcher in our opening day victory over Liverpool. What a way to score your first ever career goal!
In February 2009, Benoit earned his first international honours for Cameroon, the country over his father's birth.
By November of the same year, he had become a key member of the Indomitable Lions side that earned qualification for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
Benoit was also called up to represent his country at the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.
Born in Arras, France, Benoit played 73 games in total for first club Lens before making the move to N17 as one of the continent's most highly-rated young full-backs.