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7 Of The Best Players To Ever Play For Spurs

Podcast Blog Post 10

 

This podcast will certainly not be mentioning the likes of Paulinho, Alan Hutton or Mo Sissoko. What we will be doing is focusing on the cream of the white hart lane crop, so we will start from 7 and work our way to the best player to ever play for the north London giants.

7: (And because he is the king of 7 of The Best) Mr. Ledley King 

A naural Rolls Royce of a centre-half, who filled the void left by Sol Campbell's bitter exit and gave hope to starving, desperate supporters.

King came through the youth ranks at Spurs before stepping up to the first team in 1998. The London-born centre-back went on to make more than 250 appearances, the high point coming when he lifted the Carling Cup in 2008 with victory over Chelsea.

Alongside his Spurs career King won 21 caps for England, making his debut against Italy in 2002 and appearing at Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.

His chairmen Daniel Levy, had this to say when King sadly retired from playing for Spurs in 2012: "Ledley has made a magnificent contribution to this club – as a wonderful player, captain and ambassador," 

A great footballer and a 7OTB player, what more do you want? 

6: Pat Jennings

The finest goalkeeper to ever play for Tottenham, Jennings spent 13 years at White Hart Lane between 1964 and 1977. The Northern Ireland international pulled on a Spurs shirt 673 times and won two League Cups, an FA Cup and a UEFA Cup under the guidance of legendary boss Bill Nicholson. 

He was also named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1973 and PFA Player of the Year in 1976 – prizes which have been won by just two other goalkeepers since.

5: Harry Kane

Homegrown forward Harry Kane might just rank as the best striker Tottenham have ever had at White Hart Lane.

The England international joined Spurs' youth team in 2004 and made his way through to the first team before being sent out on loan to a number of clubs to gain some first-team experience.

Harry Kane's two second-half goals in Tottenham's 4-0 win over Everton at Wembley over the weekend mean he is now the club's record Premier League goalscorer. The second of Kane's strikes took him to 98 goals in the competition – above Teddy Sheringham's tally of 97.

The 24-year-old England international has surpassed it in quick time too. Kane has still only played 135 Premier League games for Spurs. Sheringham's total came in 236 appearances for the club - the last of which came as a 37-year-old. How many can Kane get? And if we were to do this list in 5 or 10 years’ time would he, be our number 1? We will never know, but he’s made it to number 5.

4: Glenn Hoddle

One of the most naturally talented footballers the English game has ever produced, Hoddle played almost 500 games for Spurs – who he first joined as an apprentice at the age of 12 – between 1975 and 1987.

Hoddle is considered the most skillful Tottenham player of all time.

The Englishman lit up the lane for more than 10 years with moments of magic that got the crowd on their feet.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup at White Hart Lane (although he was absent from the latter final due to injury), with his range of passing and all-round technical quality frequently wowing Tottenham fans.

3: Danny Blanchflower

The captain of the famous double-winning side, Blanchflower is widely regarded as one of Tottenham’s greatest ever player. The Northern Irish right-half made 382 appearances for the club, winning the First Division, two FA Cups and the Cup Winners’ Cup between 1954 and 1964, a decade in which he was twice named FWA Footballer of the Year.

“The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom,” Blanchflower once said. It summed his mindset up perfectly.

2: Dave Mackay, defender (1959 - 1968)

There is a famous picture of Dave Mackay. In it, he's grabbing Leeds' Billy Bremner by the scruff of the neck in 1966. Mackay's face is contorted with anger as Bremner protests his innocence.

It's an iconic picture. Mackay, often seen as the hard man of English football, loathed it.

'I don't like it because it portrays me as a bully, which I am not and never have been.'

Mackay's portrayal as a hard man betrayed his skill on the pitch; he scored 43 times for Spurs and was the foundation on which Nicholson's title-winning team was built.

Still, you don't get a reputation as being hard as nails for no reason and the fact he was able to come back from two leg breaks in succession was a testament to his character. 

Finally Tottenham's greatest ever player: Jimmy Greaves, striker (1961 - 1970) 

Number one on our list is one of the greatest goal scorers in football history, Jimmy Greaves.

For Tottenham alone, he managed an incredible 266 goals in 380 games. He managed 366 league goals in his career, the most ever in Europe and a record that still stands - although Cristiano Ronaldo is closing in on it.

Signed by Bill Nicholson for £99,999 from AC Milan to avoid him becoming the first £100,000 player in 1961, Greaves' arrival proved to be the final piece of the puzzle for what would go on to become the greatest Tottenham side ever.

He is The Football Hours greatest spurs player.

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