Where are they now: The 36 players to have scored just one PL goal for Spurs

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Tottenham may have the man who could break Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League scoring record in Harry Kane, but they also have 37 past or present players with only one goal to their name for the club in the competition.

From current first-team players to centre-backs from the 1990s, we’ve taken a look back at every man to have hit the back of the net just once for Spurs.

It even icludes a goalkeeper and a driving instructor. What more could you want?

Timothnee Atouba

A cult hero at Spurs, erratic full-back Atouba managed one brilliantly-taken goal at Newcastle in his 18 appearances for the club.

Ben McAleer loves him.

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READ: A love letter to Timothée Atouba, once Tottenham’s most entertaining player

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Serge Aurier

One of the latest men to join Spurs’ one-goal club is current full-back Aurier, who recently admitted he still supports Arsenal. Probably not the smartest of moves.

 

Fraizer Campbell

Incredibly, he’s still only 30. The one-cap England international is now in the Championship with Hull, almost 10 years since scoring his solitary league goal for Spurs while on loan from Manchester United

Etienne Capoue

Unlike Aurier, Capoue recently said that he had it ingrained in him right from the start of his Spurs career that Arsenal were the enemy.

“Do I want to beat them as much as ever? Yes. It’s in my blood now,” he said before current club Watford faced the Gunners in October.

Unfortunately, his one Premier League goal for Spurs wasn’t against Arsenal, it was in a 5-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Tom Carroll

Former England under-21 captain Carroll seemed to be quietly endearing himself to Swansea fans until things started to go wrong. It was only just over a year ago that he scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs, with hope he would kick on.

Vlad Chiriches

Chiriches was one of the players signed with the £85million made from the sale of Gareth Bale, prompting Garth Crooks to say that Spurs had “sold Elvis and bought The Beatles”.

Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela were the only success stories out of the seven players purchased – but Chiriches seems to be enjoying life at new club Napoli, and did this in a friendly last summer.

Vedran Corluka

Definitely underrated in the Premier League, Corluka is still only 31 and now captains Lokomotiv Moscow, where he has been since 2012. He made 81 league appearances for Spurs and scored his one goal in a 2-2 draw against Bolton.

Jason Cundy

Cundy, who works as a presenter on talkSPORT, may have only scored one Premier League goal for Spurs, but at least it was one everyone remembers.

Calum Davenport

From a promising youngster at Spurs to most recently turning out for Bedfordshire Coutny League side Elstow Abbey, where he was expelled from the club for assaulting a team-mate in the dressing room.

He actually made 20 appearances for Spurs in 2006-07 and scored in a 2-1 win at Manchester City.

Edgar Davids

Davids gave himself the No.1 shirt for the 2013-14 season at Barnet, stating he wanted to set a trend for midfielders to wear the number. It didn’t work.

He was a bit of a cult hero at Spurs but still only scored once, again Wigan.

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READ: A personal recollection of Edgar Davids at Palace – he was no Shaun Derry

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Erik Edman

After one season at Spurs, Edman went on to play for Wigan between 2008 and 2010, his last appearance for the club coming in *that* 9-1 loss at White Hart Lane

His one goal for Spurs was pretty great though.

Matthew Etherington

Signed from Peterborough in 1999 in one of those rarest of things – a double deal – Etherington struggled at Spurs to begin with but went on to make 23 Premier League appearances in 2002-03. He was still only good for one goal, though.

The winger retired in 2014 after leaving Stoke.

William Gallas

The first player ever to appear for Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, Gallas in fact scored his only Tottenham goal in a 4-2 defeat against the Blues.

He recently said in an interview that the best goal of his career went the other way, a belting 20-yard strike against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

Hossam Ghaly

Ghaly will forever be remembered with bad taste at Spurs, throwing his shirt to the ground after being substituted against Blackburn in 2007.

Never to play for the club again, he did make the bench in 2009 after a loan spell, but was booed by supporters when warming up and as a result was not brought on. He now plays for Saudi club Al-Nassr.

Gilberto

The first Brazilian ever to play for Spurs, albeit very few times. His stint in North London was so unsuccessful that the Daily Mail published the headline ‘Brazil finally produce a rubbish footballer’.

Eidur Gudjohnsen

After being so undisputedly great, this was the start of the wind-down of Gudjohnsen’s career. He went on to play for Stoke, Fulham and Bolton among others before announcing his retirement last September.

He replaced his father in a friendly for Iceland in 1996, becoming the first father and son to appear in the same international match. Now, his younger half-brother Arnor is an exciting prospect at Swansea.

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READ: 11 times fathers and sons linked up on the field: Cruyff, Ince, Maldini & more

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Lewis Holtby

It seems like ages ago that Holtby last played for Spurs, but the midfielder in fact only joined current club Hamburg in 2015.

His dad is a lifelong Everton fan, and by making his second of three German international appearances in a Euro 2012 qualifier he ruled out the possibility of ever playing for England.

Johnnie Jackson

Ironically, Jackson scored his only ever Premier League goal in a victory over Charlton – where he is now a player-coach having made 275 appearances for the Addicks.

Fernando Llorente

Llorente netted in Spurs’ recent victory away at former club Swansea and we’re presuming he won’t be on this list for very long…

Mbulelo Mabizela

The South African, signed after impressing in a pre-season friendly against Orlando Pirates, smashed home from 20-yards on his debut.

However, he was released after a number of disciplinary problems, including missing training sessions. And the problems haven’t ceased since. He’s had a six-month ban for drug offences, been caught drink-driving and had a bust-up with legendary South African coach Clive Barker.

He hit this hard, though, and we like that.

Paul McVeigh

Norwich legend McVeigh’s post-football career has taken an unexpected turn, as alongside his punditry work, he moonlights as a keynote speaker at business conferences.

Pedro Mendes

If the world was fair this man wouldn’t be on this list.

Noureddine Naybet

If you’re only going to score once for Spurs, do it in the north London derby..

Wilson Palacios

Despite only being 33 years of age, Palacios hasn’t been seen since appearing for Miami in the 2016 North American Soccer League. Once upon a time he was a beast in midfield for Spurs, scoring once against Hull City in 2009.

Noe Pamarot

Spurs made some really bizarre signings in the mid-noughties, didn’t they? In 2006 Pamarot moved to Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth – along with Pedro Mendes and practically every other member of the 2006 Spurs squad.

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QUIZ: Can you name Tottenham’s top 30 goalscorers of the Premier League era?

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Helder Postiga

After an unsuccessful 19 league games produced one goal, Postiga returned to Porto in a deal which saw the aforementioned Mendes move in the opposite direction.

Andy Reid

After promising much when at Forest, Reid never quite hit the heights Spurs had hoped – though when at Charlton, Les Reed strangely likened him to Ferenc Puskas.

Despite angering fans by submitting a transfer request to push his move to Tottenham, Reid returned to Forest in 2011, and in total made 290 appearances for the club across two spells.

Rohan Ricketts

One of very few players to make the switch from Arsenal to Tottenham, Ricketts promised much with impressive displays during the 2003-04 season, but a change in manager saw him slip down the pecking order.

Nomadic would be an understatement when you describe Ricketts’ career from there. He went on to play as far afield as Canada and Bangladesh, before last appearing for non-league side Leatherhead in 2016.

Paul Robinson

The goalkeeper, yes. Against Ben Foster, yes.

Moussa Saib

Despite only playing 13 league games for Spurs, Saib is fondly remembered for his commitment and work-rate, as well as his goal in the 6-2 victory over Wimbledon in 1998, which kept the club in the Premier League.

Kevin Scott

Making most of his career appearances for Newcastle prior to joining Spurs, Scott went on to feature for Port Vale and Norwich.

After retirement came a short spell as a coach at Middlesbrough before becoming a driving instructor. Love that kind of thing.

Moussa Sissoko

Despite Spurs’ attempts to sell him in the summer, Sissoko remains at the club and scored in a 4-0 drubbing of Huddersfield in September. £30million, like.

Kieran Trippier

Trippier scored his only goal so far for Spurs in his first season with the club, in which he made just six league appearances.

He and Aurier are battling it out for the right-back spot and a second goal, it would seem.

Clive Wilson

The oldest man on the list, Wilson scored his only goal for Spurs in September 1996, aged 34, going on to play for the club until 1999.

Harry Winks

Another player who may not be on this list for long is Winks, who looks set for a bright future at Spurs and (hopefully) for England.

Reto Ziegler

Alphabetical order has been kind to us, seeing the list end on another name which gives you a lovely jolt of nostalgia.

The Swiss full-back broke into the Spurs first team aged 18, impressing despite his tender years.

It didn’t last, though, and his list of clubs is now almost as long as Steve Claridge’s, recently joining FC Dallas in the MLS.


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