Tottenham fans won’t have a bad word to say about Ledley King.
The former England defender was one of the most talented centre-backs the Premier League ever saw, but his career was harshly cut short due to injury.
King was the scourge of opposition strikers, a colossal presence at the back who rarely put a foot wrong.
Long-time foe Thierry Henry rated King higher than most other players he faced. The Arsenal legend said: “King would get the ball off you without you even noticing … he’s the only defender in England who doesn’t hold onto you, and he sometimes still gets the ball off my feet easily.”
Harry Redknapp, who managed King during his time at Tottenham, simply said: “He is an absolute freak.”
And former Spurs boss Martin Jol labelled King the best defender he’d ever seen.
Unfortunately, King was forced into an early retirement at the age of 31 after 17 years at White Hart Lane, and it seems a travesty that one of the great English defenders of his time only lifted one major honour.
King made his debut for Spurs in 1998, and shone through some tough times for the North London club.
He also wore this outrageous shirt in the 2000-01 season.