A world star, who brought a combative approach to our midfield, Edgar Davids was an experienced presence introduced by Martin Jol, although his time at Tottenham was noted for the team being built around a winning mentality that finally earned them UEFA Cup qualification through their league position.
Living up to his nickname of the Pitbull, Davids showed that he still had something to offer in terms of a competitive edge and that Spurs could attract top stars, even though there was no European football on offer. His place in the side gave Tottenham a respect which his fiercely determined style deserved. Sent off against Arsenal, perhaps harshly after his first yellow card was due to his reputation rather than an indiscretion, this was the only dismissal during his time at White Hart Lane, much to the chagrin of the media, who had thought he would regularly see red. Not that he pulled any punches (not literally) in his on-pitch exchanges with opponents.
Starting his career at Ajax, Edgar established his reputation as a hot-head, with some raging performances, but his value to the team was never doubted.
Davids has to wear his trademark glasses following an operation on his right eye in 1999 for glaucoma. Davids had to receive permission from FIFA to wear the glasses and to use Diamox, an eyewash that contains the drug Acetazolamide A, which is banned under the doping guidelines. Joking about the glasses, strapping fellow countryman - defender Jaap Stam - is reported to have said to Davids, "Come on Edgar, were playing football, you haven't got time to go skiing." Davids gave him a fierce response as he didn't see the funny side.
It was a coup when Martin Jol persuaded Davids to join Tottenham in 2005 at the age of 32, using his Dutch links to tempt him to White Hart Lane. Despite being at the end of a glittering career, the midfielder showed a professionalism that had a galvanising effect on his team-mates. He used to stay behind after training to help out with the junior players and his presence on the pitch gave Spurs an experienced head to guide some of his younger team-mates through matches. In his two seasons at the club, he picked up quite a few yellow cards and only one goal (at Wigan Athletic on 26th November), but his performances propelled Tottenham to two fifth place finishes in succession, earning UEFA Cup football and coming close to the Champions League qualification for the first time, had the side not been hit by a stomach bug on the eve of the final game of the season at West Ham United in 2006.
His only goal was a good one though. Taking a flick from Robbie Keane in his own half, Davids ran forward across a muddy pitch into the space created by a Mido run and the Dutchman smacked a fierce drive past Mike Pollitt in the Latics' goal.
Edgar won his 74th final Holland cap while playing with Spurs - against Macedonia on 12th October 2005.
His stay at Tottenham was typically fiery and he had a training ground bust-up with Jamie O'Hara, although the end of his Tottenham career came as a reported result of a training ground row with Martin Jol, which ended with the dreadlocked midfielder moving back to his first club - Ajax - on a free transfer. Made a free agent, when his contract at Ajax expired in May 2008.
His time at Spurs saw him make 44 appearances with just one goal at Wigan Athletic to show for them, but he kept in touch with Spurs after his departure, as Davids sent a letter of congratulations to the club following the League Cup win in 2008.
He was a guest analyst on the BBC World Cup panel for the 2010 finals and after a successful spell back at Ajax, taking them to the runners-up position in the league and winning the KNVB Cup, it was thought that he might move to Leicester City, but discussions came to no agreement on a deal. There were strong rumours he had joined the Valletta club in Malta, but he did not make an appearance for them and in August 2010, he was signed by Crystal Palace on a pay-as-you-play, as he had set his mind on living in London. However, after seven starts for the struggling Championship club, it was announced that he was leaving Selhurst Park on 8th November 2010.
While he was on the Ajax board there were several disagreements with other members, so it was a surprise when he turned up as joint-manager at League Two Barnet with another former Spurs man, Mark Robson, who the board thought could do with some help. Not too long afterwards, Robson left the club and Davids took over as player-manager. While he did change the form of the side for a while, they crashed out of the league on the last day of the season, having survived on the last game for the previous three seasons.