Explore our top 8 picks of Tottenham Hotspur FC's best players of all time.

Last Updated: 15/06/23 at 11:51

As a club founded in 1882, it should come as no surprise that Tottenham has numerous great players who can rightfully claim to be amongst the best to ever play in the English football league.

In honour of the club, we have listed some Tottenham Legends; eight players who could be said to be among the best Tottenham players of all time.

There were many players to choose from, so we have picked out eight players in no order who are some of the best Tottenham have had to offer over the years.

Harry Kane

2009 - Present | Apps: 389 | Goals: 253 | Major Honours: 0

Starting with a current player, there is no doubt that when Harry Kane retires, his name will be in the conversation of the greatest Spurs player of all time. He already cracks most people’s top five, maybe even top three.

Kane is quickly catching the clubs current top goal scorer of all time, who also features on this list. On 253 goals, he is just 14 goals away from occupying the top spot, and with the fact that his lowest goal tally in a season in all competitions is 24, it’s highly likely he will take that record before the end of the season.

The striker has been the clubs top goal scorer each year for the last nine seasons, has won three Premier League golden boot awards, Tottenham’s Player of the Year two times, and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year on one occasion to name just a few of his personal accolades.

Son Heung-min

2015 - Present | Apps: 328 | Goals: 131 | Major Honours: 0

Another current world-beater, Son Heung-min has made himself indispensable at the club and has created a strong case to be named in this Tottenham legends list.

Alongside Kane, the two have created a partnership that has become the most prolific in Premier League history - the pair have got 41 goals as a partnership, five more than the previous record set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

Son has many personal accolades, with many Asian and South Korean achievements, but also one Premier League golden boot, three Tottenham Player of the Year awards and, possibly most impressively, one FIFA Puskas Award for his stellar solo goal against Burnley in 2019.

Jimmy Greaves

1961 - 1970 | Apps: 379 | Goals: 266 | Major Honours: 5

Now we’re going back to the old glory days of Tottenham. For the older generations of Spurs fans, Jimmy Greaves tops the list of Tottenham Legends, and it is honestly hard to argue against it.

As mentioned earlier, Harry Kane is catching up to the current all-time top goal scorer for Tottenham. Well, the man who currently owns the record is one Mr Greaves, who scored 266 goals in his Spurs career.

Greaves was the top scorer of the English first division six times in total, four coming while playing for Tottenham. He also is a World Cup winner with England in 1966, and is in general regarded as one of the greatest English players of all time as well as a club legend.

David MacKay

1959 - 1968 | Apps: 379 | Goals: 266 | Major Honours: 8

David MacKay may be one of the more unknown names to general fans, but to the Spurs faithful, he is fondly remembered as one of the teams’ best due to the era he was a part of and his importance to the team during the time.

Known as the ’heartbeat’ of the Spurs side that was most successful in the early 1960’s, MacKay helped the team to a league and cup double in the 1960/61 season. The league title that season remains as the clubs latest first division title.

MacKay won three FA Cups with Spurs, including back-to-back victories in 1961 and 1962. They also matched that with the Community Shield, winning that three times as well in the same three years as their FA Cup victories (1961, 1962 and 1967).

Danny Blanchflower

1954 - 1964 | Apps: 337 | Goals: 15 | Major Honours: 6

In the same vein as MacKay, Danny Blanchflower is a Tottenham legend as he was a vital member of Spurs’ greatest ever squad, acting as the captain to the side throughout all their success from 1959 until 1964.

Blanchflower was a defensive player who was capable of dictating the tempo of a game, was brilliantly accurate with his passing and possessed fearless and inspiring leadership qualities.

The leader of the team through the double, he won the FWA Footballer of the Year twice in 1958 and 1961 and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Glenn Hoddle

1975 - 1987 | Apps: 377 | Goals: 88 | Major Honours: 4

Glenn Hoddle may be known by most nowadays as a pundit, but in his playing days, he was one of the most gifted and creative English players of his generation. He was known for his remarkable skills, as well as his tactical intelligence and work-rate.

He helped them to a big victory in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League). That was their second win in this competition and third European competition title in total.

As well as that trophy, he also won two FA Cups and one Community Shield with the team.

He is a Tottenham legend due to the silverware he brought to the club, as well as the fact that he was a naturally gifted talent who was committed to the club even when bigger teams came vying for his services.

Gareth Bale

2007 - 2013 | Apps: 146 | Goals: 42 | Major Honours: 1

Another modern player, Gareth Bale at his peak with Tottenham was one of the best players in the world, with his name often being mentioned with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Coming to the club from Southampton as a full-back, his game was adapted to become more attack-focused, which proved to be an inspired decision from then manager Harry Redknapp.

While Bale was only able to help Spurs lift the EFL Cup in 2008, personally he won plenty of awards, most notably;

  • x2 UEFA Team of the Year
  • X2 PFA Players’ Player of the Year
  • FWA Player of the Year
  • Premier League Player of the Year
  • Tottenham Player of the Year

Paul Gascoigne

1988 - 1992 | Apps: 92 | Goals: 19 | Major Honours: 1

Paul Gascoigne rounds out this list of Tottenham Legends. Similar to Hoddle, he is recognised as the most naturally gifted English footballer of his generation.

The crazy thing about Gazza’s Spurs legacy is that he solidified his place in their hall of fame in just four seasons with the team. In that time, he only managed one major honour with them, winning the 1990/91 FA Cup (the last time Spurs won the FA Cup).

The 1990 BBC Personality of the Year has a legacy within the English game that will make sure that he is always remembered for incredible ability.

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