Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado may be struggling in front of goal but it hasn’t always been so bad at White Hart Lane. The Lilywhites have had some prolific over the years and I am sure the Spurs faithful would love to see one of these men at their peak, playing in North London today.
The first goalscorer market has always been a popular bet for both the bookmakers and punters and these five men would have undoubtedly been worth a bet.
5. Jermain Defoe
The former England international netted 143 goals during two separate spells at the club, establishing himself as a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. The attacker signed for Spurs in 2004 for a fee of £6 million from West Ham United. He joined Portsmouth in January 2008, however, but returned to the club one-year-later.
He famously scored five goals against Wigan Athletic as Tottenham ran out emphatic 9-1 winners against Wigan Athletic, taking just seven minutes to complete his hat-trick, and entering the record books as the only man to score five goals in one-half in the Premier League. He left the club for a second time in January 2014, signing a four-year-deal with Toronto FC.
4. Cliff Jones
A key member of Spurs double winning side of 1960-61, Welshman Cliff Jones was considered by many one of, if not the greatest, left-winger in the world at his peak. The now 79-year-old arrived from Swansea for a fee of £35,000 in 1958.
Jones made over 300 appearances for the club during his 10-year spell between 1958 and 1968, with Spurs reportedly rejected a £100,000 bid from Italian giants Juventus. Along with helping Spurs to their famous double, he also lifted the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967 along with the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963. While his grandson, Scott, currently players for Conference National side Grimsby Town.
3. Martin Chivers
Arriving from Southampton in 1968, Chivers made a slow start to life at Spurs, playing understudy to Jimmy Greaves and Alan Gilzean during the early stages of his career at White Hart Lane. Greaves’ departure in 1970, however, allowed him to establish himself as the main centre-forward with the Lilywhites.
The attacker went on to score 174 goals, 118 in the league, with goal per game ratio of 0.47. The England international, who hit 13 goals in 24 appearances, won two League Cup’s and one UEFA Cup at White Hart Lane. He departed in 1976, joining Switzerland side Servette,
2. Bobby Smith
Another member of Tottenham’s double winning side, the forward arrived from Chelsea in December 1955 for a fee of £18,000. The centre-forward, who died in 2010 at the age of 77, scored over 200 goals for the club - including 176 in the league - and also won the European Cup in 1963.
The striker was on target in both FA Cup final victories in 1961 and 1962, as Spurs beat Leicester City 2-0 and Burnley 3-1. He also scored 13 goals in 15 games for England between 1961 and 1964 and departed in 1964, joining Brighton and Hove Albion.
1. Jimmy Greaves
Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer, Greaves netted 266 goals, 220 in the league, during a highly successful nine-year spell at the club. The attacker arrived at White Hart Lane in 1961 following a disappointing spell with Italian giants AC Milan. The former Chelsea forward returned to England for a fee of £99,999.
The attacker marked his full Tottenham debut with a superb hat-trick, including a marvelous flying scissor kick against Blackpool. And he took just just three minutes to open the scoring against Burnley in the 1962 FA Cup final. He departed in 1970, joining West Ham United with Martin Peters going in the opposite direction but he was awarded a testimonial by Spurs in 1972, against Feyenoord.