Even though the fact that Tottenham Hotspur has 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 12 Spurs legends who shook this North London club.
The best Tottenham players of all time are–
12. Gary Linekar
A Spurs legend, Linekar 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.
11. Paul Gascoigne
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 his 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 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
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 was named captain in 1975. He was also named 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.
9. Ledley King
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.
8. Harry Kane
A relatively slow starter, not making himself a regular in the Spurs line-up until the age of 21, he’s now third in the club’s all-time scoring records, aged 27. His instincts in front of the goal and the ability to take a shot from anywhere in the Penalty Box made him superior to the other strikers of the League. He also won the Golden Boot in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The Tottenham Hotspur star striker scored 56 goals in 2017, which was highest among the top 5 European Leagues. He’s scored everywhere, from Tranmere to Tallaght, from Dortmund to Newport via a tonne in London – and has scored over 200 goals for Tottenham. He is surely one of the best center forwards of world football right now, if not the best.