That title is possibly a bit misleading because I’m not quite old enough to cover since 1882 but I’ll just go as far back as my memory will take me! I’ll be looking at about the last 20 years or so.
5. Teddy Sheringham – Ok, I know whenever he signs for a new club it has always been his lifelong dream to go there but you can’t argue with the player Teddy was for Tottenham. He did well in both spells and was probably the most intelligent player we ever had when it came to being in the right place at the right time.
4. Jurgen Klinsmann – We were minus 12pts, how the hell did Sugar convince him to sign?! Sign he did, and it really transformed the club. He was never going to stay forever and his second period was never going to be as magical but he brought an atmosphere to the Lane that hasn’t been seen since.
3. David Ginola – I wasn’t convinced he would be anything more than a pretty boy picking up his big wage packet when we signed him, how wrong I was. He had his off days but when he was on his game, there was no one better. He went even higher in my estimation when he tipped us to beat Chelsea 2-1 before the Carling Cup final!
2. Glen Hoddle – One of the most naturally gifted Englishmen of the modern era, just a shame he turned into a David Ike style nut job. I’m not going to hold that against the man who brought us Diamond Lights though. Here’s what Tony Cascarino thinks of Hoddle; “When Glenn tried to be funny, it was time to pass ’round the laughing gas because he was probably the unfunniest man I have ever known. He was also completely besotted with himself. If he had been an ice cream, he would have licked himself”.
1. Gary Mabbutt – This was a bit obvious but the bloke is an absolute legend. He not only had to contend with being an insulin dependant diabetic, he also got half his face smashed off by that thug Fashanu but he still came back for more. Gary lifted both the UEFA Cup and FA Cup and gave us everything he had, week in, week out. Although I love Ledley, I would give anything for another captain like the original Mabbs.