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.
Best Tottenham players of all time are–
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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. Harry Kane
The Tottenham Hotspur star striker scored 56 Goals in 2017, which was highest among the top 5 European Leagues. He is surely one of the best centre forwards of world football right now, if not the best. His instincts in front of the goal and the ability to take a shot from anywhere in the Penalty Box made him superior than the other strikers of the League. He also won the Golden Boot in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
8. 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 entry among the Spurs legends.
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7. Pat Jennings
During his period at Spurs, Jennings was considered to be the best goalkeeper in the world. He may be the model that most modern goalkeepers are taught of, as he was a true all-around keeper, able to use his feet nearly as well as his hands.
Jennings played over 670 games for Spurs between 1964-1977 and another 300-plus at Arsenal before winding down his career in a second spell at White Hart Lane. He also played 119 times for Northern Ireland, including two World Cups. He was voted FWA player of the year in 1973.
During 14 years playing for Spurs, Jennings won one FA Cup, two League Cup trophies and a UEFA Cup trophy and earned himself a place among greatest Spurs legends.
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6. Martin Chivers
Martin Chivers was one of the star strikers of a successful period for Spurs. Chivers is third in the list of Spurs record goalscorers, scoring goals in the 1971 and 1973 League Cup and 1972 Uefa Cup triumphs.
He was signed in January 1968 to accompany Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean up front. Martin Chivers bagged 202 goals in a total of 415 first-team appearances – 174 in 367 competitive games – for the Club.
Capped 24 times by England, Chivers eventually left for Swiss outfit Servette in July 1976. In April 2007, he was inducted to the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.
5. Cliff Jones
Cliff Jones is regarded as one of the best left wingers to ever play in the English League. He scored 159 goals in 379 matches for Spurs, winning the FA Cup three times, the Division One title once and the Cup Winners’ Cup along its way.
Fifth in our list of ‘best Tottenham players of all time’ , Jones was a key part in the double-winning side of 1960–61. He was also a member of the successful Spurs sides in the 1962 FA Cup Final and 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final.
On his time at Spurs ,Jones said , “Winning wasn’t enough, it had to be done with a certain style. I had 10 years at the club and I loved everything about the period. It was a brilliant 10 years for me and I look back on it with great affection. It was a privilege to be involved.”
Jones moved to Fulham in 1968 before winding down his career in non-league football.
4. Glenn Hoddle
Hoodle was arguably the most technically gifted player to every put on the Lillywhite jersey and he stayed loyal to his club even when bigger clubs came asking for him. Hoddle lit up the Lane for 12 years with sublime skills, unequalled passing ability, his eye for a goal and that knack of being able to turn a game with a moment of magic.
He was the master in midfield of the great Spurs team of the early 1980s that won two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup, although injury ruled him out of the European final. He also appeared in the 1987 FA Cup and 1982 League Cup Finals.
Hoddle initially joined the club on the recommendation of striker Martin Chivers in 1975 and went on to play almost 500 competitive games before moving to Monaco in 1987.
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3. David MacKay
Mackay was a physically imposing, but also creative midfielder who was the catalyst for the longest period of success in Spurs history. During a nine-year spell he won the league twice , the FA Cup three times, and the Cup Winners Cup once, collecting 22 Scotland caps all the while.
He was part of the double winning side of 1960-61, took the FA Cup for a second straight season in 1961-62 and won the European Cup Winner Cup in 1962-63. Mackay was the rock of the most successful Tottenham side ever. He was described, by fans, as one of ‘best Tottenham players of all time’ and was known as ‘the hearbeat’ of their most successful ever team.
2. Jimmy Greaves
One of the greatest Spurs legends and their highest goal scorer, Greaves struck an incredible 266 times in 380 games for Spurs on the way to winning two FA Cups and the Cup Winners Cup. Greaves finished as top League goalscorer in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969.
Quick with superb control and positional sense, Greaves was simply a natural goalscorer famed for coolly rolling the ball into the net rather than blasting it. He was cunningly signed from AC Milan for £99,999 by Bill Nicholson, to avoid him becoming the first £100,000 player, and perhaps the biggest compliment of all is that most considered that his arrival made the ‘double’ team ever better.
His record of finishing top goalscorer for six seasons has never been matched and he is still a welcome figure around the club to this day. He even managed to pick up a World Cup winners medal in that time too. Greaves moved on to West Ham in March 1970. He is undoubtedly one of the best Tottenham players of all time.
1. Danny Blanchflower
The inspirational captain of Spurs’ double-winning side, Danny Blanchflower is one of the most famous players of all time, not just at Spurs, but in world football.
One of the leaders and most decorated players of the great Tottenham side of the fifties and sixties, Blanchflower was twice named Player of the Year while at the club. In his day, Blanchflower was a brilliant midfielder, general of the pitch and tactician of the game.
Signed from Aston Villa for £30,000 in 1954, Blanchflower went on to play 384 competitive games for the club, lift the FA Cup twice, the Cup Winners Cup and the league title and gain 50 caps for Northern Ireland before retiring in 1964.
”Football is about glory,’ the late Danny once said. ‘It is about doing things in style and with a flourish.
It concludes our list of best Tottenham players of all time, do you think any other player deserved to be in this list of ‘Spurs Legends’ ahead of the above mentioned players? Let us know in the comments below!