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Top 5 players who played for Manchester City and Tottenham

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See who made the cut of the top 5 players who played for Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur during their careers.

In the dynamic world of football, a select group of players have etched their names into the history of not one, but two iconic Premier League clubs—Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

These players represented two different footballing identities. Here, we’ll look at the journeys of players who played for both of these teams. From attacking fullbacks to goal-scoring strikers, each player brought their own style to the game. Let’s explore the stories of these five remarkable athletes, who are a part of the shared history of Manchester City and Tottenham.

5. Vedran Corluka

Vedran Corluka, a stalwart defender, smoothly transitioned between Manchester City and Tottenham. Joining City in 2007, he showcased defensive prowess in 47 appearances before heading to Tottenham in 2008. At Spurs, the Croatian played 108 games for the London club over a four-year period. He displayed defensive solidity and became a reliable figure, managing one goal and six assists in total.

4. Clive Allen

A goal-scoring maestro who graced the pitches of QPR, Arsenal, and more, Clive Allen left an indelible mark at both Tottenham and Manchester City.

At Tottenham, Allen’s prolific record included 60 goals in 105 league appearances and 13 goals in 14 League Cup matches. He even bagged crucial strikes in the FA Cup and European competitions. His impact extended to Manchester City, contributing 10 league goals in their return to the top flight and adding four more in the subsequent season.

3. Paul Stewart

Starting at Blackpool, Paul Stewart moved to Manchester City in 1987, netting 24 goals in 40 appearances.

Despite Stewart’s efforts, it wasn’t enough to secure top-flight promotion. His transition to Tottenham in 1988 showcased resilience, overcoming a shaky start to become a midfielder. The Manchester-born star would go on to score in the FA Cup final win against Nottingham Forest in 1991, before leaving for Liverpool a year later.

2. Emmanuel Adebayor

Remembered for his ill-advised goal celebration against Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for Manchester City. The striker later had a brief stint at Real Madrid, before returning to the Premier League with Tottenham in 2011.

In the Spurs jersey, Adebayor was a mercurial presence. The Togolese showcased prowess with 17 goals in his debut season. He went on to produce 42 goals and 20 assists in 113 games. Yet, under Mauricio Pochettino, his form declined and subsequently marked the end of his Spurs journey.

1. Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker is a marauding right-back known for blistering pace and defensive prowess. The defender began his Premier League career with Tottenham in 2009. He soon established himself as a premier full-back. His performances earned him a high-profile move to Manchester City in 2017.

Walker has since become a vital cog in the City team, with over 200 appearances to his name. The Englishman has contributed significantly to the club’s numerous trophies, including five Premier League titles. He was also an ever-present figure in the treble-winning campaign in 2022/23.