Frederic KANOUTE

Tottenham Hotspur

Frederic Kanoute - Tottenham Hotspur - Premiership Appearances

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 28 September 2003

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      Friday, 02 September 1977
      St. Foy Les Lyon, France
  • Mali
  • Sevilla
    • Club Career Dates
      2005 - 2009
    • League Debut
    • Club Career
      209 League games 89 goals
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
      2003 - 2005
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd August 2003 as a sub in a 2-1 win at home to Leeds United (scored) (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      60 League appearances  14 goals.
  • West Ham United
    • Club Career Dates
      2000 - 2003
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 26th March 2000 scoring in a 2-1 win at home to Wimbledon (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
      84 League appearance 29 goals Prostate cancer charity The Big Golf Race

Frederic KANOUTE - Tottenham Hotspur - Premiership Appearances

41 League apps (+19 as sub), 14 goals


Freddie Kanoute arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2003 for what at the time was deemed a relatively modest fee of £3.5 million. The elegant striker, with what appeared at times a laissez-faire approach to football, came to Tottenham following the relegation of West Ham from the Premiership the previous season and made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut against Leeds United in a 2-1 victory. Things for the club took a turn for the worse when manager Glenn Hoddle was sacked after a poor run of results only six weeks into the season and although Kanoute retained his placed under caretaker manager David Pleat (who remained in charge for the rest of the season), he caused controversy in February 2004 when he decided to change his national allegiance from France to Mali in order to represent his parents birth nation in the African Nations Cup.


This left Tottenham with a dearth of strikers and on his return a month later, Kanoute found himself pushed down the pecking order behind his old West Ham team mate Jermaine Defoe, who had joined late on in the winter transfer window. As well as the arrival of Defoe, form and fitness eluded Freddie for the rest of the season and he failed to score another goal for the remainder of the campaign, despite which he still finished as Tottenham's second top scorer with 16 goals, seven of those coming in the league. The start of the 2004/05 saw the appointment of Jacques Santini as manager and while the similar attributes of Robbie Keane and Defoe meant they had to battle it out for a starting place, the tall and muscular Kanoute (deemed the perfect foil to his smaller striking partner) was all but assured of his first team spot. Santini lasted only two months in charge however and was soon replaced by first team coach Martin Jol, who like his predecessor also preferred the 'little and large' partnership up-front and Kanoute remained a regular, featuring in thirty two league games (22+10) and once again scoring seven league goals.


However, the arrival of Mido - a player in a similar mould to Freddie - in January 2005, had cast doubt over Kanoute's long term future at the club and although he scored two goals in his penultimate game at White Hart Lane in a 5-1 drubbing of Aston Villa, he was sold in August 2005 to Spanish club Sevilla for £4.4 million. (Robbie Canale)



1997–2000  Lyon 40 (9)

2000–2003  West Ham United 84 (29)

2003–2005  Tottenham Hotspur 60 (15)

2005–2012  Sevilla 209 (89)

2012–2013  Beijing Guoan 38 (12)


Total  Games 427 (152 goals)