Top 10 Tottenham appearances: 10 players who have made the most appearances for Tottenham in Premier League history
Tottenham are fast becoming the best team in North London, as Arsene Wenger sets about takingnorth London rivals Arsenal on a downward spiral. Spurs meanwhile have seen their league positionimprove over the last few years and if manager Mauricio Pochettino can keep hold of the core of thesquad then a Premier League title is certainly possible in the near future.
While Arsenal failed to even make it into the Champions League this season, Spurs have dominatedtheir group, a group which features defending champions Real Madrid and their form has alreadyseen the Champions League odds change to give them a more favourable chance of winning thecompetition.
The North London club currently lie in third place in the Premier League and will be hoping that starstriker Harry Kane can keep up his rich vein of form to help them climb further up the table. If Kaneremains at Spurs, it is expected that he will become the Spurs player with the most Premier Leagueappearances and we have taken a look at the ten players with the most number of Premier Leagueappearances for Spurs.
Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Carr kicks off our list in 10 th place. The Dublin born right backmade 377 Premier League appearances, with 226 of those being made during his 11 season spell atthe club. Carr was part of the League Cup winning squad of 1999, which was his only honour whileplaying in North London.
Teddy Sheringham played for 8 English teams throughout his 25 year football career. The striker hadtwo spells at Tottenham, the first of which lasted 5 years before making the move to ManchesterUnited where he played a key role in the historic treble winning squad. 2 years after making historywith United he returned to Spurs and ended up with 236 Premier League appearances forTottenham. Playing for Nottingham Forest, Spurs, United, Portsmouth and West Ham, the Englandstriker managed 418 appearances in England’s top flight.
Former Tottenham captain Michael Dawson made a surprise switch to Hull City back in 2014 and hassince gone on to reach 286 Premier League appearances. For Spurs though, the English centre backmanaged 236 appearances, the same as Teddy Sheringham. Although Dawson played a role inhelping Spurs reach the final of the 2007/08 League Cup, there was no place for him in the squadthat won the match against Chelsea 2-1 in extra time.
Robbie Keane spent 9 seasons at Tottenham in which he made 238 appearances. The Irish strikerinitially spent 6 seasons at White Hart Lane before making a switch to Premier League rivalsLiverpool. The move didn’t work out and he returned to Spurs two years later. The move to Liverpoolsaw Keane lose his magic and he never quite regained it, despite loans to Celtic and West Ham.Ian Walker is the only goalkeeper on the list and made 240 Premier League appearances for theLilywhites between 1992 and 2001. Despite signing for both Leicester City and Bolton Wanderersafter Tottenham, he only made a further 72 Premier League appearances, all of which were made atLeicester.
Before Sol Campbell was labelled a Judas by the Spurs faithful, he made 255 Premier Leagueappearances for the club. After betraying the club for Arsenal in 2001 he went on to play in another248 Premier League games for Arsenal, Portsmouth and Newcastle United. Despite playing morePremier League matches for Spurs than all three other clubs put together, he is still regarded poorlyby the Spurs fans.
Aaron Lennon has played 266 of his 330 Premier League appearances for Spurs and was part of theteam that won the 2007/08 League Cup and unlike Michael Dawson, Lennon did play in the match,helping the club to win 2-1 against Chelsea. With Tottenham’s squad being improved by themanager, Lennon found opportunities harder to come by. He was loaned to Everton in January 2015and made the move permanent in September 2015.
Ledley King is unfortunate to be only third on this list, having made 268 appearances over the spanof 14 seasons. Regarded as one of the best English defenders when he was younger, a knee injury in2006 would change his whole career. He only played all 38 games in a Premier League season once,in the 2004/05 season and after the injury he would never again play 25 league games. Despite theinjuries he did manage to captain the Spurs team in the 2007/08 League Cup final victory overChelsea.
Jermain Defoe has scored the second highest number of Premier League goals for Tottenham,behind Teddy Sheringham however Defoe has made 40 more league appearances for the club with276. He has had three spells at the club, the first starting in the 2003/04 season following acontroversial transfer from rivals West Ham United. His first spell ended in January 2008 when hejoined Portsmouth, although it would be a year before he would return back to the club in January2009. After agreeing a move to Toronto in January 2014 he was immediately loaned back to the cluband made his final 2 league appearances for the club.
Darren Anderton was another player who suffered from injuries which prevented him from makingmore Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites. Nicknamed “Sicknote” Anderton made 299league appearances over the course of 12 seasons. The England manager Glenn Hoddle ahead of the1998 World Cup in which England would lose out to Argentina on penalties believed that Andertonwas just as good at crossing the ball as David Beckham, but was a better defender. Just imagine whatcould have been if it weren’t for the injuries…