‘Genius’ Paul Gascoigne, ‘humble’ Harry Kane, and the club’s biggest transfer mistake – Tottenham on-pitch ann

‘Genius’ Paul Gascoigne, ‘humble’ Harry Kane, and the club’s biggest transfer mistake – Tottenham on-pitch ann thumbnail

By day he’s gracing the airwaves with Early Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT and Sportsday on talkSPORT 2. But by night, and at weekends, Paul Coyte can be found cheering on his beloved Tottenham. Twitter – Coytey Paul (right) with Spurs great Glenn Hoddle. Will he make Paul’s all-time Spurs XI? This isn’t just at his leisure as Paul has actually been working with the club he’s supported his whole life since 2004 and is their on-pitch announcer. His close association with Spurs makes him an expert on the north London club and he’s had the perfect view of some of their greatest players over the years. With this in mind, talkSPORT.com caught up with Paul, who lifted the lid on who his favourite Spurs players are. Below you can see who makes it into his all-time Tottenham XI and why. Adrian Durham says Chris Waddle was the best player he’d seen live before Lionel Messi Pat Jennings (Goalkeeper) Spurs have had some great keepers over the years from Ted Ditchburn to Ray Clemence and now Hugo Lloris but for me no one had the natural skill and shot stopping talents of Big Pat. Through learning Gaelic football he could pluck any ball out of the air with one hand with ease. He was fearless, athletic and brilliant. The biggest mistake the club ever made in selling a player. getty Jennings played for Spurs for 13 years (1964-77) and won an FA Cup, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup Steve Perryman (Centre-back) More games than anyone else for the club and a true captain. Players who played under him still call him ‘Skip’ to this day. He was the engine and would run through walls for Spurs in every game he played. Perryman was Football Writers’ Player of the Year winner in 1982 and Spurs through and through. Hulton Archive – Getty Perryman played for Spurs 854 times Ledley King (Centre-back) He only has one knee but Harry Redknapp called him a freak due to him never training but still playing with a terrible injury. A one-club man who should’ve played over 100 times for England. His tackle on Arjen Robben in 2006 sums up his reading of the game. A great defender. getty Injury ruined King’s career but he’s still viewed as a club legend Mike England (Centre-back) One of the three I never actually saw play but have met a him a number of times and know how well regarded he is amongst his peers. A very tough centre-half but he also had a turn of pace and great skill. Getty Images – Getty England was actually a Wales international Dave Mackay (Defensive midfield) Arguably the greatest of them all. A hard man, a winner and an incredibly skilful footballer. I had the honour of watching a game with him at White Hart Lane and his passion showed through even in his last years. Getty Images – Getty Macakay was at Spurs in their pomp during the ’60s Gareth Bale (Right midfield) I interviewed Harry Redknapp while he was manager at a fans forum event at the time Spurs never won with Bale in the starting line up. When he was asked about Gareth he said “I just don’t know if the kid’s gonna make it. It could go one way or the other”. But then there were remarks that we were a one-man team when he was in his pomp and it wasn’t far off. He grew from a boy to a man at Spurs and was brilliant in the two years before he left. His performances against Inter Milan in the Champions League in 2010 were when the world took note. getty Bale scored a hat-trick at the San Siro before tearing Maicon to shreds at White Hart Lane Glenn Hoddle (Centre midfield) My favourite Spurs player of all time and the most naturally talented footballer I’ve ever seen. Hoddle could land a 70-yard pass on a sixpence with either foot and scored some unbelievable goals, including against Manchester United, Watford and Oxford United. The biggest travesty is that England never built a team around him. getty Hoddle is viewed as one of the most gifted English players ever Paul Gascoigne (Centre midfield) Another genius. Do I need to explain? getty Gazza played an instrumental role in helping Spurs win their last FA Cup in 1991 David Ginola (Left midfield) I’m not sure how many would agree with me picking Ginola but he gave me so much entertainment watching him play at White Hart Lane in the ’90s. He was worth the ticket price alone. He would say to me that as he was running down the left wing “he was tending his garden”. The garden was rosy. getty Ginola may only have been at Spurs for three years (1997-2000) but he was loved by the fans Harry Kane (Striker) Nobody expected H to become the player he became when he made his debut for Spurs except maybe him. He’s not only a supreme goalscorer with only Bobby Smith and Jimmy Greaves ahead of him in the all-time Spurs goalscorer list but a great player and passer of the ball. He’s humble and a true professional. Getty – Contributor Kane has 181 Spurs goals to his name and is closing in on Jimmy Greaves’ record Jimmy Greaves (Striker) The saddest thing for me is that I was to host his induction to the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame but he had that awful stroke just a week before. I never saw him play live but feel almost like I did. The supreme goalscorer with the greatest record of them all. getty Greaves has 266 Spurs goals to his name, winning two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup This would be some team if it was possible to play them all together,

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