On this day in 1999: Leonhardsen seals Spurs switch

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Wednesday 06 August 2014

On this day in 1999: Leonhardsen seals Spurs switch

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Spurs signing Liverpool's Oyvind Leonhardsen

  • Ovyind Leonhardsen netted four League goals in his debut season at Spurs

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

6 August 1999 - Spurs snap up Leonhardsen from Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham boosted his midfield options with the signing of Oyvind Leonhardsen from Liverpool.

The Norway international joined fellow Scandinavians Steffen Iversen and Allan Neilsen at White Hart Lane and made an immediate impact.

Leonhardsen's industrious workrate made him a vital cog in the Spurs midfield during his first season at the club and he also chipped in with some useful goals, four of which came in the Barclays Premier League.

Leonhardsen found the net in consecutive matches in August against Everton and Sheffield Wednesday and also struck against Coventry City and Southampton that season.

He continued to feature regularly the following season and chipped in with three more top-flight goals, including a brace against Derby County.

After Glenn Hoddle replaced Graham as Spurs manager in April 2001, Leonhardsen lost his starting place and he hardly featured the following season.

In August 2002 he joined Aston Villa and stayed there for a season before returning to Norway, where he finished his career.

Leonhardsen, who had played for Wimbledon for two seasons before joining Liverpool, was 37 when he hung up his boots but has remained in the game and is youth coach at one of his former clubs, Lyn Oslo.

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  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Spurs signed Norway international Oyvind Leonhardsen from Liverpool