Whilst Spurs boast their very own goal machine in Harry Kane, the north London club haven’t been strangers to producing prolific marksmen across their 136 year history.
From debut Premier League goals, 10-year tenures and nearly men, it’s time to take a look back at Spurs players to have reached the 50 goal mark at one of the Premier League’s most prolific teams.
5. Robbie Keane (91)
First PL Goal: Blackburn (A), October 2002
Last PL Goal: Reading (A), May 2008
Having helped Leeds United finish in a European spot the previous season, Robbie Keane signed for Spurs in August 2002 and in his fourth game for the club, netted the first of many in a win at Blackburn Rovers.
The Irishman became an instant fan favourite, with his impressive debut season culminating in him finishing top scorer with 13 goals in the Premier League – ahead of legendary strikers Robbie Fowler and Teddy Sheringham. Keane went onto score 91 goals for the north London club across a five year spell and write his name in Spurs folklore.
4. Jermain Defoe (91)
First PL Goal: Liverpool (H), August 2004
Last PL Goal: Crystal Palace (H), January 2014
One of Spurs’ longest serving strikers, Jermain Defoe played for the club across two spells. Signing from London rivals West Ham prior to the 2004/05 season, Defoe scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, finishing that campaign with 13 Premier League goals.
His most prolific season came in 2009/10, when he netted five in a nine goal haul over Wigan – finishing as the club’s top scorer with 17 goals. He remained instrumental to their European success throughout – most notably being part of the squad in their 1-0 triumph over Italian giants AC Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals.
3. Teddy Sheringham (97)
First PL Goal: Sheffield United (H), September 1992
Last PL Goal: West Brom (A), April 2003
One of the best Premier League strikers of all time, Teddy Sheringham first made his name at Spurs in 1992. Scoring a remarkable 19 league goals in his debut season, including two braces and a hat-trick, he finished just three short of a century of Premier League goals at White Hart Lane.
Irreplaceable, Sheringham helped his side steer his clear of relegation in his debut season and finished as the club’s top scorer in five of his seven seasons, becoming a success story in a struggling Spurs generation.
His knack for goals saw him snapped up by rivals Manchester United – before returning to Spurs, eventually retiring at 42 years old.
2. Harry Kane (114*)
First PL Goal: Sunderland (H), April 2014
Last PL Goal: Wolves (A), November 2018
Having scored his first goal in a 5-1 rout of Sunderland, Harry Kane hasn’t looked back since. The England international marked his full debut season as the club’s top scorer with 21 goals – including two braces against London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal as he quickly demonstrated a deadly eye for goal.
The Spurs youth product has achieved what most aspiring footballers could only dream of doing. Spurs’ all time top goalscorer, Kane’s lethal finishing saw him brake his predecessor’s record of 97 goals in January 2018 – at just 25 years old.
His outstanding match winning ability saw him crowned golden boot winner in back to back seasons.
1. Chris Armstrong (48)
First PL Goal: Everton (A), October 1995
Last PL Goal: Bradford (A), December 2000
You’re probably thinking ‘why is Chris Armstrong on this list?’. Well, we couldn’t help but include the 90’s goal machine, who fell agonisingly short of half a century of Spurs goals. Whilst others have rightly earned their name on this prestigious list, let’s take a moment to reflect on a record impressive for different reasons.
Armstrong’s debut season in 1995/96 saw him net 15 Premier League goals – only ousted by Sheringham. His most memorable moment saw him net his only career hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-1 thrashing of Everton in 1998, before his playing time became limited due to the rise of Norwegian great Steffen Iverson.
The now 47-year-old would eventually hang up his boots at Wrexham, but remains a Spurs legend in his own right.