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Five of the best players to play for Man City and Spurs

Tottenham host Manchester City this weekend in one of the Premier League’s most eagerly anticipated meetings, two of the division’s top six set to do battle in north London in a meeting that pits togethers two of Europe’s greatest coaches in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

The two sides have emerged from the shadows over the past decade to turn the traditional top four into a ‘top six’, Spurs becoming Champions League regulars and Man City English football’s most successful side of recent years.

Throughout the years several stars have turned out for both sides, here are five of the best players to play for both Manchester City and Spurs…

Clive Allen

Clive Allen would bounce around between several London clubs before joining Spurs from QPR in 1984, instantly endearing himself to the club’s supporters with two goals on his debut against Everton.

The forward would enjoy a prolific four-year spell with Tottenham, scoring 112 times in just 179 appearances, including a haul of 49 goals in all competitions during the 1986/87 seasons, a campaign in which he was awarded the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

After leaving Spurs for a single season at French side Bordeaux, Allen would return to English football with newly-promoted Manchester City, scoring ten league goals during his first season as the club retained their top-flight status.

His two-and-a-half year spell with City would prove to be less prolific, however, scoring 21 goals in 69 appearances in all competitions before joining Chelsea in 1991.

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Paul Stewart

A versatile player capable of playing in midfield or further forward, Stewart would sign for Manchester City from Blackpool in March 1987, but was unable to keep the club up as City slipped into the second tier.

Despite scoring 27 goals in all competitions the following year, Stewart was unable to help the Manchester side to promotion as they finished ninth, with Spurs boss Terry Venables capitalising by spending £1.7m to bring the forward to north London – a then record fee for a second division player.

Stewart would spend a successful four-year spell at Spurs, being successfully converted from an attacking role into midfield and scoring 37 goals in 172 appearances in all competitions.

The highlight of his career would come in the 1991 FA Cup final, scoring the equalising goal as Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley.

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Vedran Corluka

One of a long list of players to come from the Dinamo Zagreb production line, Corluka would spend four seasons in the first-team of the Croatian side before earning an £8m move to Manchester City.

Corluka would spend just a single season at the Etihad, however, making 44 appearances in all competitions as City finished ninth in the Premier League, their final season before Sheikh Mansour’s billionaire investment.

Comfortable playing centrally or at right-back, Corluka would join Tottenham in an £8.5m deal in 2008, reuniting with former Zagreb teammate and close friend Luka Modric at White Hart Lane.

The Croatian international would spend four seasons at Spurs, making 109 appearances and scoring just once before leaving to join Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League in 2012.

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Emmanuel Adebayor

One of the most controversial characters in Premier League history, Adebayor would make plenty of headlines during a colourful career in English football.

After impressing during three seasons at Arsenal, Adebayor would be the latest expensive recruit to head to Manchester City, joining the recently rich club in a £25m deal in 2009.

The Togolese international would start brightly, scoring in his first four Premier League games for the club including against former side Arsenal in an ill-tempered clash at the Etihad, sparking one of the most memorable celebrations of modern times as the forward raced the length of the field to celebrate in front of the Gunners’ support.

He would score 19 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions before being forced out due to competition from the likes of Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, joining Real Madrid on loan before another temporary spell at Tottenham.

Rejuvenated under Harry Redknapp he would score 17 Premier League goals during his debut season with Spurs, signing on a permanent basis and spending four mixed seasons in north London, scoring 42 goals in 113 appearances in all competitions before his departure in 2015.

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Kyle Walker

The most recent player to move directly between the clubs, Walker would spend eight years with Tottenham after joining from boyhood club Sheffield United, making 229 appearances for the club in all competitions and establishing himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.

Despite helping Spurs to a runners-up finish and into the Champions League, Walker would leave the club in search of silverware in 2017, Manchester City securing his services for a fee of around £50m, making the England international the most expensive defender in history at that time.

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The move has proved a huge success, Walker winning back-to-back titles and a domestic treble during his first two full seasons at the Etihad, whilst seeing his game elevated and adapted under the management of Pep Guardiola.

He remains an important player at the Etihad, and will play a key role as the club look for further success and silverware in the coming seasons.

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