In Both Camps; Tottenham Hotspur

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Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur are clubs with a number of players in both camps. Gary Lineker and Harry Kane are just two of them. Kane had a “shadow” stay at Leicester City during a short loan spell back in 2012/13, not really impressing anyone at the time, in his defense, mostly played out wide, not the ideal position for a goalscorer.

The first player to come to mind as of a former Spurs and Leicester star is Keith Weller, who got his “birth” in professional football at Tottenham Hotspur, playing alongside some of the greats of that period, but never established himself and had to move on, and found form at Millwall, later Chelsea and moving to Leicester City in 1971, being a key player until leaving in 1979.

The next to really take notice of was of course Gary Lineker, who we all know started out at Leicester City making his England debut while at Filbert Street, moving on from there to Everton and Barcelona, and serving Tottenham as well, winning the FA Cup medal in 1991, and later ending his football career in a short stint of the Japanese J-league.

Les Ferdinand might not get the greatest headlines for his days with Leicester City as he arrived late in his career and playing only one full season. He had his best years in football with Spurs and seen as one of the best forwards in the game ever, up there alongside Shearer, Lineker, Greaves and Kane.

Terry Fenwick, who used to be a stalwart at Spurs, came to Leicester City to help his former manager David Pleat, during a short loan spell. Another player who had something of the same experience was Jimmy Holmes, who just got a few games in a Leicester City shirt, but added up the numbers at Spurs.

Goalkeeper Ian Walker was a record buy of a goalkeeper and to date the most expensive signing of that position, until Danny Ward and Ron-Robert Zieler smashed that record by miles, despite never been seen as anything else than covers.

Micky Adams tried in a desperate way to save Leicester City from relegation back in the 2003/04 season with the addition of Steffen Freund, but the player winning the EFL Cup against Leicester five years earlier never set the World on fire and couldn’t help Leicester from dropping down.

In that very same season, Micky Adams made a good addition in Ben Thatcher, joining from Spurs and later moved to Manchester City and even got capped for Wales. He added up 7 caps all together, and later had spells at Charlton and Ipswich.

A number of players have joined Leicester City on loan from Tottenham, with the likes of Mark Yeates and Paul Moran and of course Harry Kane as some of them. Steve Clemence and Lars Hirschfeld are two others to have lived a life in both camps. Hirshfeld just for a few months, Clemence seen as captain of the club, and also playing a number of years for Tottenham and Birmingham City.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Ian Walker
    • Ben Alnwick
  • Defenders
    • Ben Thatcher
    • Terry Fenwick
    • Jimmy Holmes
  • Midfield
    • Keith Weller
    • Steffen Freund
    • Stephen Clemence
    • Mark Yeates
    • James Maddison
  • Forwards
    • Gary Lineker
    • Les Ferdinand
    • Harry Kane
    • Paul Moran

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