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Best Tottenham Players Of All Time | Top 15 Spurs Legends

Even though the fact that Tottenham Hotspur have not won any major silverware in the Premier League Era apart from two League Cup trophies – one from 1999, the other from 2008, they still remain one of the biggest and most followed clubs in England.

There have been many top-four finishes and plenty of near-misses. Perhaps the biggest point of pride Tottenham can claim from the Premier League era is that they are one of few clubs never to have been relegated. Having said that, there are many great players who have played for this club. Among the best Tottenham players of all time, we have sorted out 15 Spurs legends who shook this North London club.

Considering the impact, success, longevity, consistency and loyalty, here are the best Tottenham Players of all time.

15. Ossie Ardiles [1978–1982, 1983–1988]

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Osvaldo Ardiles joined Tottenham in 1978 and spent the next ten seasons with the club. He made over 300 appearances for the club. The skilful midfielder was capped over 50 times by Argentina and was instrumental as Spurs won the 1981 FA Cup and 1984 Uefa Cup.

14. Alan Gilzean [1964–1974]

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Alan Gilzean was a striker for Tottenham Hotspur, for whom he was part of the FA Cup-winning team of 1967 and, later, the great Spurs side which in successive seasons between 1971 and 1973 won two League Cups and a Uefa Cup.

He formed an effective goal-scoring partnership alongside crowd favourite Jimmy Greaves, and together they were referred to by fans as the “G-Men”. He scored 133 goals in 439 apps for the club.

13. Gary Lineker [1989–1992]

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A Spurs legend, Lineker made 138 appearances for Spurs. He grabbed 80 goals—none of which were more important than the two he scored in the 1991 F.A. Cup semifinal win over archrivals Arsenal on the way to Wembley glory. He is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s best forward of the modern day.

12. Ledley King [1999–2012]

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Ledley King is one of the best defenders to have played for Tottenham Hotspur. He spent his entire professional career with the club from 1999 to 2012 and won the League Cup trophy in 2008.

Having come through the Club’s Academy ranks, Ledley made his senior debut as an 18-year-old, coming on as a substitute during a 3-2 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield in May 1999. It took another season before the London-born youngster properly established himself in the First Team, but once he did so during the 2000-01 campaign, there was no looking back. Over the next few seasons, Ledley earned recognition as one of the best young defenders in the country, also often operating as a defensive midfielder.

The most astonishing stat is that King went the whole of his career with just eight yellow cards. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry once admitted that King was the best defender he ever faced. He was also trusted to be the captain of Tottenham Hotspur for four years, from 2005 to 2009. He is one of the latest entries among the Spurs legends.

11. Paul Gascoigne [1988–1991]

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One of the best Tottenham players of all time, Gascoigne, was a creative, hard-working, and technically gifted playmaker. Playing as an attacking midfielder, he was capable both of scoring and setting up goals. He also had very good passing accuracy and powerful striking ability.

Paul Gascoigne was one of the best English midfielders of all time who played for Tottenham Hotspur in the period 1988-1992. While his time was short with the club, it was a sweet few years after arriving from Newcastle.

He had a good pace and excellent dribbling skills, which allowed him to protect the ball and beat opponents. He managed to make 100 appearances for Spurs. During his period at Tottenham Hotspur, he helped Spurs to a FA Cup trophy in 1991. He was also a vital part of the English team that finished third in the 1990 World Cup.

10. Steve Perryman [1969–1986]

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One of the best Tottenham players of all time, Steve Perryman holds the record for most numbers of appearances at Tottenham Hotspur, with a total of 854 caps. Perryman led Tottenham to two UEFA Cup titles, two FA Cup trophies and two League Cup trophies.

Signing apprentice forms in 1967, Perryman made his league debut in 1969 as a midfielder but he would spend most of his career in the famous white shirt in defence. He became club captain in 1975. He won FWA Player of the Year in 1982. Perryman finally moved to Oxford in 1987 but later returned to White Hart Lane as an assistant manager.

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4 thoughts on “Best Tottenham Players Of All Time | Top 15 Spurs Legends

  • August 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    I’m afraid you have got some details very wrong Jimmy Greaves was not part of the famous Spurs Double Team. Jimmy signed for Spurs the following season 1961/1962.
    These are the players who played most games in the Double season:
    Brown, Baker, Henry, Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, Jones, White, Smith, Allen and Dyson. Jimmy Greaves replaced Les Allen who was transfered to QPR. Who is the father of former Spurs player Clive Allen.

  • August 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    OPPS I’ve made a big mistake egg on my face. Your article about Jimmy Greaves was correct. I misread the the sentence below Dave Mackay thinking it was about Jimmy Greaves. BIG APOLOGIES FROM MYSELF….

  • September 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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    Was just about to correct you Terry! Thought you had misread where it said he made the double winning team stronger

  • April 18, 2022 at 6:28 am
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    Dave Mackay should have been number 1, he changed everything when brought in, was the driving force within the team.

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