Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are two of the biggest clubs in England. The London derby that is played between them is a fierce affair. Fans of both the clubs have immense dislike towards each other. Its hard to imagine a player playing for both these rivals clubs.
Still there are several players who played for both Chelsea and Tottenham, let us have a look at few such players.
Here is the list of 10 players who played for both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur-
3. Michael Hazard
A very skilful player with an outstanding passing ability who could score vital goals,Hazard, signed his first professional contract with Spurs and made his League debut in a 3–0 victory versus Everton on 19 April 1980 aged 20.
He was a member of the team that won the 1982 FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 1984, where his crosses led to goals in both legs of the final of the UEFA Cup against Anderlecht.
In 1985 he joined Chelsea,where he stayed for 5 seasons, but he returned to Spurs towards the end of his career when Ossie Ardiles was manager. Sadly, he`ll go down as somebody who was never really given the chance to flourish wherever he went.
2. Guys Poyet
No.1 in our list of players who played for both Chelsea and Tottenham is Guys Poyet. Poyet enjoyed a successful time with Chelsea winning the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup in four years at the Bridge. The Uruguayan was vital in the reshaping of Chelsea into a contender for European football.
However, in 2001 Poyet signed for rivals Tottenham and in the 2002 League Cup semi-final tie between the two sides he buried any love left in the Chelsea fans hearts. After being substituted in Spurs’ 5-1 win, Poyet kissed the club’s crest in front of the Chelsea faithful who – not long before – were singing his name.
Poyet spent three years at Spurs before retiring from football.
1. Jimmy Greaves
Jimmy Greaves is regarded as a legend at both the club! He is undoubtedly the best among the players who played for both Chelsea and Tottenham. He was a great striker with a great goal-scoring instinct. He also had great acceleration and pace, as well as great positional skills that led him to score many goals at both the clubs.
Greaves started his career at Chelsea, scoring in his first team debut against Spurs. A further 131 goals followed as Greaves became Chelsea’s highest hat-trick scorer – with an impressive 16.
Chelsea’s poor financial position led the club having to sell Greaves to AC Milan. In 1961 he joined Spurs for £99,999, as Bill Nicholson, the Spurs manager then, didn’t want him burdened with the label of being the ‘first £100,000′ player.
He marked his Tottenham debut with a hat-trick against Blackpool at White Hart Lane.In the same season he played in every round of Spurs’ 1962 FA Cup win and scored the opening goal in the final against Burnley. Greaves went on to become Spurs’ all-time top scorer with 266 goals.