Martin Jol has a blind spot for Timothee Atouba.
Tottenham fans will no doubt have less than fond memories of former Cameroonian left-back Timothee Atouba who spent the 2004/05 season at White Hart Lane. Brought to north west London by the Shrek lookalike, Atouba struggled to acclimatise to the speed and pressure of the Premier League, chalking up just 16 appearances in a less than impressive season at the Lilywhites.
At the end of his twelve month stint at Spurs, Atouba was sold on to Hamburg, where in 2007 the defender was again reunited with Martin Jol after the Dutchman was rudely dismissed from Tottenham. And then completing the Jol-Atoube love-affair, when the coach moved back to his homeland last summer to take over at Ajax, one of Jol’s first signings was to bring Atouba along to Amsterdam with him.
Yet, after watching Atouba’s individual match highlights for Ajax against PSV from last weekend in the Eredivisie, many will be left wondering what the hell Jol sees in the second-rate left-back.
Atouba had one of those days were everything went badly. Whether he tried to hoof the ball out of defence, take a throw-in, play a short ball, or try to make a tackle, everything went horribly wrong.
Highlights of Timothee Atouba’s nightmare for Ajax against PSV can be seen here.