Bongani Khumalo is a cult hero at Tottenham, for his failure with the club.
Khumalo failed to make a single appearance for Spurs in his five years at the club, and he has told the BBC that a lack of experience was probably the reason he struggled to make it with the Lilywhites.
He said: “Obviously hard work comes as standard at that level, and another thing is just experience. You know, when I went there [Spurs] I was lacking in European experience, and me going there, I was told I was really raw. I managed to go elsewhere and get loan moves and get experience, but that opportunity at Spurs never really came.”
Having moved to White Hart Lane in 2010, Khumalo spent five separate loan spells away from Spurs before leaving the club permanently this summer to sign with former club SuperSport United in his homeland of South Africa.
He has already started appearing for the club on a consistent basis, and has managed more appearances with SuperSport in one month than he managed in five years with Spurs.
Khumalo has become something of a cult hero at White Hart Lane for his inability to make it with the Lilywhites, and the 28-year-old believes his lack of European experience cost him the chance with Spurs.
He arrived at the club straight from his homeland, and was unfortunate with injuries, and even with his loan spells he never got close to breaking into a Premier League team.
Khumalo holds no ill will towards Spurs, and if he was just a bit more lucky following his move to North London, he could have become a key player for Tottenham’s first-team.