One of the most respected young defenders in Ligue 1 in France, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was signed by Spurs from Racing Club Lens in June 2006.
Kicking-off last season in the Inter Toto Cup on July 3, he played in all of Lens’ games as they won that tournament and therefore secured a place in the UEFA Cup. He then played in seven of eight UEFA Cup matches as Lens went out to Udinese in the last 32.
Through his parents, he is qualified to play for Cameroon.
A fleet-footed defender or midfielder, Benoit looks skilful and has a willingness to join the attack, giving width to the team and also pushing the opposition's wide midfielders back into their own half. However, an ankle injury ruled the young defender out until the end of the 2006-07 season.
He did not have much more luck in the following season, picking up a knee injury that required more surgery and he played one game before being ruled out until 2008-09.
Restored to the team by Juande Ramos at the start of that season, he played much better and despite rumours of him wanting a move to Paris St. Germain, he settled into the side and maintained his place under Harry Redknapp when he replaced the Spanish Head Coach as manager. His first goal for Spurs in the opening game of the 2009-2010 season against Liverpool at home, was also the first goal of his career.
Benny enjoyed a good run in the side under Harry Redknapp when he took over as Spurs manager, but there was often an over-confidence on the ball that saw him robbed of it in dangerous parts of the pitch, which became something that Andre Villas-Boas was not too keen on when he became Head Coach. Following BAE's fondness for posting his forthright comments on Twitter, his position in the side became less secure, as Danny Rose was installed at left back and he was allowed to link up again with Redknapp, at QPR for a season long loan in August 2013. The defender was Tweeting that he would return when AVB got sacked, but this did not happen and he remained at Loftus Road.
Made his Cameroon international debut after giving up on waiting for a call to come from his native France and went on to represent his adopted country in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Off the pitch, Benoit is into hip-hop and likes Ice Cube and 50 Cent.