Bale, Hoddle, Son, Kane: The top 50 Tottenham players in history as voted by fans

  • Kobe Tong
Hoddle as a Tottenham player.

Glenn Hoddle is one of the greatest male players in the history of Tottenham Hotspur.

One of the most technically-gifted footballers to ever come out of England, Hoddle rose through the youth ranks in north London before going on to amass almost 500 first-team appearances between 1975 and 1987.

The future England manager’s time at White Hart Lane also coincided with one of the most successful periods in the club’s recent history as he got his hands on the UEFA Cup and back-to-back FA Cup crowns.

Hoddle on his success at Tottenham

Hoddle shared the pitch with other club legends such as Ray Clemence, Garth Crooks, Steve Perryman and Chris Hughton in a bright spell for Spurs that delivered the silverware that fans so desperately bay for now.

And during a fascinating appearance on the High Performance Podcast, the now 64-year-old Hoddle reflected on how Spurs’ success built up from World Cup signings to cold, hard silverware.

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Chatting to Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes, Hoddle broke it down by saying: “We were successful. We were fighting for it over the late ’70s. Ossie and Ricky come from the World Cup, which was amazing. But there was still a problem, not a problem, but we still couldn’t gel together.

“Suddenly, he bought Crooks and Archibald, which was the end of the jigsaw. We had finishers in the team, but it was this gelling. What I call the invisible walls were just being broken down between relationships between the team.

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“And it was just amazing. And suddenly the confidence that came there, the feeling that we had for each other, the respect that we had for each other, we didn’t have to get on with them. Didn’t have to be best mates with everyone, but you had to respect each other.

“And suddenly it just took off and we won. We won the FA cup in ’81. We were going for four trophies in ’82, which we managed to win one. We should have really done better. Then we won the UEFA cup a year after. It was just incredible.”

Hoddle playing for Tottenham.
Glenn Hoddle Tottenham Hotspur Stock Season 86/87 Pic : Action Images

Hoddle: One of Spurs’ greatest ever

While the last few years at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium have undoubtedly had their moments, it’s safe to assume that many Spurs fans wish for a return to the days of Hoddle and co romping their way to titles.

And for all the top-class stars to have come through the door under Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, Hoddle’s status amongst Spurs’ greatest ever players is most certainly assured.

However, it’s one thing to be in the conversation and another to be flat-out revered as the club’s GOAT, so we couldn’t help wondering where exactly the Spurs faithful place Hoddle amongst all the icons of their illustrious history.

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Fan ranking of Tottenham’s greatest ever players

To find out exactly that, we turned to ranker.com and their interactive list titled: “The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time,” where no less than 11,700 fans have cast over 62,000 votes.

And at the time of writing, Hoddle has been ranked by supporters as the 12th greatest Tottenham player in history above the likes of Danny Blanchflower, Jermain Defoe, Ossie Ardiles, Luka Modric and more.

Now, that’s all well and good, but it’s tricky to digest and consolidate out of context, so be sure to check out the full list of Tottenham’s 50 best ever players according to fan votes down below:

50. Steven Bergwijn

Bergwijn scores for Tottenham.
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49. Kyle Walker

48. Erik Thorstvedt

47. Cyril Knowles

46. Chris Hughton

45. Graham Roberts

Roberts in action for Tottenham.
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 11: Spurs defender Graham Roberts in action during a First Division match against Liverpool at Anfield on October 12, 1986 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mike King/Allsport/Getty Images)

44. Edgar Davids

43. Danny Rose

42. Aaron Lennon

41. Mike England

40. Darren Anderton

Anderton and Ferdinand at Tottenham.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S LES FERDINAND CELEBRATES WITH DARREN ANDERTON AFTER SCORING A GOAL AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED. Tottenham Hotspur’s Les Ferdinand (R) celebrates with Darren Anderton after scoring against Manchester United during their English premier league game at White Hart Lane Stadium, central London, September 29, 2001. REUTERS/Ferran Paredes

39. John White

38. Steve Archibald

37. Alan Mullery

36. Bobby Smith

35. Martin Peters

Peters during his Tottenham spell.
Football – Tottenham Hotspur Photocall Martin Peters – Tottenham Hotspur Mandatory Credit:Action Images

34. Alan Gilzean

33. Ray Clemence

32. Cliff Jones

31. Luka Modric

30. Martin Chivers

Chivers playing for Tottenham.
Martin Chivers – Tottenham Pic : Action Images Tottenham Hotspur

29. Chris Waddle

28. Dimitar Berbatov

27. Gary Mabbutt

26. Moussa Dembele

25. Lucas Moura

Tottenham's Lucas scores a goal.
Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – Girona v Tottenham Hotspur – Montilivi, Girona, Spain – August 4, 2018 Tottenham’s Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

24. Dele Alli

23. Steve Perryman

22. Steve Nicholson

21. Dave Mackay

20. Ossie Ardiles

Ardiles playing for Tottenham.
23rd November 1978: Argentinian World Cup star, now playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Osvaldo Ardiles of the Spurs runs on the field. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

19. David Ginola

18. Pat Jennings

17. Christian Eriksen

16. Jan Vertonghen

15. Danny Blanchflower

Blanchflower leads out Tottenham.
circa 1960: Northern Irish footballer Danny Blanchflower, the captain of Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

14. Rafael van der Vaart

13. Jermain Defoe

12. Glenn Hoddle

11. Teddy Sheringham

10. Jurgen Klinsmann

Klinsmann scores for Tottenham.
Football – Sheffield Wednesday v Tottenham Hotspur , Premier League , 20/8/94 Mandatory Credit: Actioin Images Tottenham’s Jurgen Klinsmann in a happy mood after scoring

9. Paul Gascoigne

8. Ledley King

7. Hugo Lloris

6. Gary Lineker

5. Jimmy Greaves

Greaves was prolific for Tottenham.
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4. Robbie Keane

3. Gareth Bale

2. Harry Kane

  1. Heung-min Son
Tottenham's Son celebrating.
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Who is Tottenham’s GOAT?

Interesting, very interesting.

Across the storied 140-year history of Tottenham, it’s a current player who has been crowned by fans as their greatest ever with Son – fresh from winning the Premier League Golden Boot – ruling as number one.

It’s an opinion that you’ve got to respect and clearly one shared amongst thousands of supporters, but you’ll forgive us for thinking that it might be a little premature given all the top-quality Spurs alumni.

After all, Hoddle himself might well back the silky skills, effortless control and stunning composure that he brought to north London over the offerings of Lineker, Keane and Lloris in the all-white jersey.

On the flip side, though, we like to imagine that Hoddle would feel very proud to be within a few rungs of legendary goalscorers like Greaves and Kane who will forever be lauded in the Tottenham annals.

Hoddle on England duties.
Glenn Hoddle England Stock Season 87/88 Pic : Action Images Tottenham Hotspur

So, while the inclusion of Bergwijn, Alli breaking into the top 30 and Son besting Kane might well spark debate, let the fans’ verdict on Tottenham’s 50 greatest players just underline how many top, top stars have called the club their home.

The supporters just probably wish that the trophies of Hoddle’s time would make a swift return…

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