Photo: Fiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui in a Tottenham shirt a decade ago

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The Moroccan striker was at Tottenham for one year in 2005/06.

Tottenham Hotspur take on Fiorentina this evening in a Europa League match full of intrigue considering the standing of both teams. Regarded by many as the also-rans of their respective nations both clubs have had their moments in recent times, without ever truly shining through.

Now one of them will be sent tumbling out of Europe in perhaps the biggest clash of the entire Europa League so far.

There is also plenty of Premier League interest in Fiorentina. They have the likes of Borja Valero, Alberto Aquillani and Stefan Savic on their books, all of whom had fairly forgettable careers in English football. Another player who did similar on our shores is Fiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

The Moroccan striker was signed by Tottenham in 2005 after an impressive goalscoring season at Excelsior Rotterdam.

He spent a time on loan at Derby County before leaving Spurs after just one year in 2006. He went on to play for Willem II, AZ Alkmaar and Ajax Amsterdam before joining up with La Viola.

He never scored a professional goal for Spurs, in fact, he never played an official game for the club. Nowadays he is warming the bench at Fiorentina and has not played a game since January, and has played just three times this season.

So the likelihood remains that he is still set to never play an official game at White Hart Lane, ten years after he first signed for the club.

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