Who is the best player to have turned out for West Ham and Leicester City?

PUBLISHED: 19:30 17 March 2017

Leicester City's Nolberto Solano scores his penalty.

Leicester City's Nolberto Solano scores his penalty.

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Check out our top 11 players and see if you agree with our number one choice

West Ham player Keith Robson during a match against BurnleyWest Ham player Keith Robson during a match against Burnley

Champions Leicester City come to town on Saturday so we have had a look at the players who have plied their trade for both teams and worked out our top 11.

We are certainly a little short on goalkeepers once again. The only one we could find was Colin Mackleworth, who was Jim Standen’s back-up stopper who moved to Leicester City from the Hammers in 1967 where he did not have great success either.

There are cult heroes like John Paintsil, or was it Pantsil? And Nolberto Solano.

Former West Ham skipper Matty Upson as well as Keith Robson, Franz Carr, Clive Clarke and Shaun Newton, who is now wanted by the police, while Glen Johnson was at Leicester as a youngster but released at the age of 12.

Rufus Brevett and Les Ferdinand are also players who have donned boots for both, but none of them make our top 11.

Colin Mackleworth LeicesterColin Mackleworth Leicester

So who has made the shortlist for the Leicester/West Ham players? And who has taken the crown as the number one?


Much travelled Scotland striker who made his name at Chelsea and also had good times at Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers.

Bristol City's Glenn Pennyfather fouls Leicester City's David SpeedieBristol City's Glenn Pennyfather fouls Leicester City's David Speedie

Joined Hammers on loan from Southampton in 1992 and his four goals in 11 games helped West Ham to promotion that season.

Moved to Leicester in 1993 scoring 12 goals in one season, while also earned 10 caps for Scotland.


His heyday was in the mid-eighties and early nineties where he excelled for Sheffield United and Leeds United.

West Ham United's Brian Deane celebrates scoring his equalizer during their Nationwide Division One match at Springfield Park, Wigan. Fianl score 1-1.West Ham United's Brian Deane celebrates scoring his equalizer during their Nationwide Division One match at Springfield Park, Wigan. Fianl score 1-1.

Moved to Leicester in 2001 where he scored the first competitive goal at the new Walkers Stadium. Scored 19 league goals in 52 games for the Foxes before joining West Ham.

Scored a vital equalising goal at Wigan which sent Crystal Palace into the Division One play-offs and Iain Dowie’s side then ironically beat the Hammers in the final.


Made our Watford/West Ham chart and is now in this one after he joined the Hammers from Wimbledon in 2003, signed by Glenn Roeder for £230,000. Scored 14 goals in 48 appearances, before moving on to Leicester in 2004, where he finished as the club top scorer that season.

West Ham United's David Connolly scores his sides second goal Against Coventry City, from the penalty spot,West Ham United's David Connolly scores his sides second goal Against Coventry City, from the penalty spot,


Arrived at West Ham in 1988 with a decent reputation after scoring a hat-trick for Walsall in the play-off finals.

Never reached those heights for the Hammers, scoring 14 goals from 64 games and was moved on to Leicester City in 1990.

Faired better for the Foxes with 22 goals in 66 games, and the Republic of Ireland international would also play successfully for Newcastle United and Wolves.

Gary Robson (WBA) brings down David Kelly (Leicester City).Gary Robson (WBA) brings down David Kelly (Leicester City).


Came through the QPR academy to establish himself as a regula first-team player, before West Ham signed him for £1.2million in 1997.

However, after just 34 appearances in claret and blue who was sold on to Leicester City, much to the chagrin of manager Harry Redknapp as it was done by the board.

At Leicester he made over 150 appearances, helping them win the 2000 League Cup when he came on as a substitute.

West Ham United's Titi Camara tries to shove  Leicester City's Andy Impey off the ballWest Ham United's Titi Camara tries to shove Leicester City's Andy Impey off the ball


Appeared in last week’s Bournemouth rankings, and his time with the Cherries was better than his spell at Leicester City, who he joined from Swindon Town in 1988.

Lasted just one season at Filbert Street, scoring six goals in 31 games, before moving on first to Bradford City and then to newly relegated West Ham in 1989.


Known as ‘The Tree’ for his lack of movement, he scored 18 league goals in 47 games and helped return the Hammers to the top flight.


Discovered at London Schools and played for the air force during World War I before playing at Crystal Palace and Ilford.

Joined West Ham in 1920 and was part of the team that won promotion and also appeared in the White Horse Final, the first at Wembley Stadium in 1923.

Syd Bishop, West Ham UnitedSyd Bishop, West Ham United

Made 172 appearances, scoring 10 goals, becoming affectionately known as ‘Sticks’.

Moved to Leicester City where he gained international recognition for England, before joining Chelsea in 1928 where he made another 100 appearances.


West Ham's Mark Noble (L) celebrates with Chris Powell after winning the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final.West Ham's Mark Noble (L) celebrates with Chris Powell after winning the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final.

Made over 200 appearances for both Southend United and Charlton Athletic before joining the Hammers, initially on loan, in 2004.

The left-back helped the Hammers to promotion with victory over Preston at the Millennium, before moving on to Leicester City from Charlton in 2008 and helped them to the League One title that season.

Since then has been a manager at various clubs and is a legend of the game.


Paul Kitson, West Ham UnitedPaul Kitson, West Ham United

Hugely influential player for West Ham when he signed alongside John Hartson to help the Hammers avoid relegation in 1997.

Started at Leicester City and scored 11 goals for them in 63 appearances after coming through their youth set up.

Signed for Derby for a club record £1.3million and made his name there, before moving to Newcastle. When West Ham signed hi, Frank Lampard snr said ‘the last player we signed from Newcastle was Pop Robson and he has the same qualities.

He did, scoring on his debut in a 4-3 win over Spurs and his eight goals were priceless in their survival. Scored 22 goals in 80 appearances in claret and blue.

Paul Konchesky, Leicester CityPaul Konchesky, Leicester City


Scored a fabulous goal, however intentional, in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool in 2006 where the Hammers were so cruelly pipped on penalties.

Signed by Alan Pardew in 2005 to replace Chris Powell and established himself as an important player, where so much play went through him.

Made 70 appearances for the Hammers, before playing for Fulham and Liverpool, but resurrected his career at Leicester City where he was a key figure in their promotion in 2014.

Was told by Ranieri that he was not in his plans and he moved to QPR. Not sure what happened to Leicester after his departure.

Leicester City's Tony Cottee celebrates one of his two goalsLeicester City's Tony Cottee celebrates one of his two goals


West Ham legend who formed one half of perhaps the deadliest double act with Frank McAvennie.

Came through the Academy and scored on his debut against Spurs on a New Year’s Day 1983 at just 17.

PFA young player of the year in 1986 as West Ham finished in a superb third place in the First Division and looked like they may win it for a long time.

(L-R) West Ham United's Tony Cottee shields the ball from Watford's Brian Talbot(L-R) West Ham United's Tony Cottee shields the ball from Watford's Brian Talbot

Transferred to Everton in 1988, but returned to Upton Park six years later and was still a prolific goalscorer.

In his two spells at the club he notched a remarkable 146 goals, putting him number five on the all-time list.

Moved to Leicester City in 1997 and helped them win the League Cup in 2000, his one and only major trophy.

Scored another 34 goals for the Foxes in an illustrious career.


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