The Best Player Ever from Every Premier League Team
Published by Dodsy.
When it comes to taking on an impossibly broad question like this, I have to consider four things: the impact on the player on their club, statistical achievements, fan’s opinions and my own gut feeling. Comment below if you agree or think I have overlooked someone.
AFC Bournemouth – TED MACDOUGALL.
#OnThisDay in 1971, Ted MacDougall scored NINE goals for AFC Bournemouth.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 20, 2017
A cult hero at Bournemouth; the man who scored 9 goals in one FA Cup game. In his time with the Cherries he banged in over 100 league goals, but will always be remembered for his heroics against Margate. Bournemouth have had a lot of important players throughout their history, but perhaps the most iconic is Ted MacDougall.
Arsenal – THIERRY HENRY
🙌🏼 Thierry Henry has officially been voted as the greatest Premier League striker of all time!
👤 376 Appearances
⚽️ 228 Goals
🎯 74 PL Assists
🏆 x2 Premier League
🏅 Most PL assists in a season (20) https://t.co/LctKn6PrM5
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 3, 2018
This one is easy. Arsenal have a wealth of superstars in their history books but the greatest, and perhaps the greatest striker in the Premier League’s history is Thierry Henry. Arsenal’s record goalscorer was so much more than a finisher. He led by example and not only scored but helped out others. He still holds the Premier League record for most assists in a season (20). A true legend.
Brighton & Hove Albion – PETER WARD
— Football Memories (@footballmemorys) June 2, 2014
Tough one this. Fan consensus led to Wardy winning this one. He was the poster boy of one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, breaking the Seagull’s scoring record with 36 in the 1976-77 season. At times, it felt like he single-handedly dragged Brighton from the third division to the top. Even younger fans are aware of the influence this man had on his club.
Burnley – JIMMY MCILROY
ADVENT | Day 1 – There's Only One Jimmy McIlroy… pic.twitter.com/UfONMDYI15
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 1, 2018
A prolific scorer even though many consider his best position to be in midfield. Jimmy controlled the game, dominated opponents and always represented his club with honour. He equaled the club’s league appearances record with 439 and sits second in the all-time top scorers, with 116 league goals. Ask any Burnley fan – Jimmy is their very best.
Cardiff City – FRED KEENOR
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 12, 2014
Often referred to as ‘the man who took the FA Cup out of England’. His heroics for Cardiff City led to the first and only time a Welsh team has won the FA Cup, beating Arsenal in the 1927 final. He spent 19 years with the club, captaining it for many of those, and also won the Charity Shield in the process. A true winner.
Chelsea – FRANK LAMPARD
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) May 31, 2014
There are many names that you could choose from, especially in the recent years of success. But as fellow Chelsea Legend John Terry said, ‘I believe he’s the best player we’ve ever had at Chelsea at our football club.’ Known for his relentless hard work and commitment on the training ground, Lampard converted himself from ‘Fat Frank’ (as the West Ham fans used to call him) to Chelsea’s record goalscorer with 211 goals in total. All from midfield!
Crystal Palace – IAN WRIGHT
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 3, 2015
This could have gone many ways but in the end I leaned towards Wrighty. It is not only the goals he consistently scored, but the importance of them too. In the big moments, Wright was always there. Let’s not forget the 2 goals he bagged against Man Utd in the 1990 FA Cup final. He went on to have a successful career at Arsenal as well, but Palace fans will always remember the contributions he gave to their team. He was not without controversy, but luckily for Palace fans, he was rarely without goals either.
Everton – DIXIE DEAN
🔵 433 appearances
⚽️ 383 goals
😮 60 league goals in one season
🎩 37 hat-tricks
🏆 5 major honours
Dixie Dean, the greatest goalscorer football has ever known, was born on this day in 1907.
— The Irish Toffees (@irishtoffees78) January 22, 2019
Dixie Dean’s career numbers are legendary. Bill Shankly described him as the greatest centre forward the game had ever seen and looking at his achievements, it is hard to argue with that statement. At the age of just 21, Dixie scored 60 goals in just 39 games, setting a record that may never be broken. In a career that was cut short by injuries and the outbreak of war, Dean banged in 473 goals in just 502 games.
Fulham – GEORGE BEST
Fulham's George Best and Rodney Marsh. (Photo: Mirrorpix) pic.twitter.com/9N4c4gIqbp
— A Football Archive* (@FootballArchive) September 11, 2018
There is an argument to suggest that George was past his Best when he arrived at Fulham but the romantic in me cannot create a list like this without including Bestie. He is a global icon and one Fulham fans are delighted to remember. Whilst a touch of the old pace may have gone, he still had all the skills and found a new lease of life playing at Craven Cottage. Jimmy Hill and Sir Bobby Robson fans may argue they had greater impact on the club but when talking about the greatest player, surely you can’t look past George Best.
Huddersfield Town – RAY WILSON
Ray is arguably the most successful & best-known player to ever pull on a Huddersfield Town shirt. #RayWilsonDay
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) April 19, 2018
Ray Wilson is arguably the most famous, recognisable name in Huddersfield’s history. A majestic, magnificent defender who made the game look easy and formed part of a ferocious defence. The unsung hero, who would go on to be part of the victorious 1966 England World Cup Team was a consistent presence for Huddersfield and will always be remembered as a true leader.
Leicester City – GARY LINEKER
📗 Topical Times Football Book 1985
— The Rothmans Years (@RothmansYears) January 28, 2019
If the greatest moment of Leicester’s history was their recent Premier League title, then perhaps this award should go to Riyad Mahrez or Jamie Vardy. But every time I try to make that argument, I keep coming back to Gary Lineker. Although early on in his career, Lineker scored 95 goals for Leicester in 194 appearances before moving on to Everton, Barcelona and Spurs. What puts him at the top of this list is his impact on the club. His affection of the club has promoted them to higher heights and the club may not even be here if he hadn’t created a consortium to stave off administration for the cash-strapped club in 2002. Leicester through and through.
Liverpool – STEVEN GERRARD
Steven Gerrard: "When I die, don't bring me to the hospital. Bring me to Anfield. I was born there and will die there." 👏❤ #StevenGerrard #Gerrard #Liverpool #Legend #PremierLeague #Football #Futbol #Soccer #OhMyGoal pic.twitter.com/Da8nx4BgEz
— ❖ 🦁🎙️ (@prekazii1905) February 3, 2019
A lot of fans would go with Kenny Dalglish on this one and I almost did too. In the end, it came down to the teams both players played in. Dalglish was a remarkable talent, who made everyone around him better, but he played in a hugely successful team of skilled individuals. Kenny could lead a strong team to victory; Gerrard could go out and win a game on his own. Look at the 2006 FA Cup final, where Gerrard scored a stunning brace, his second thumped in from 35 years in injury time. No matter if it was a league game, the FA Cup final or even the final of the Champion’s League, Gerrard always produced.
Manchester City – SERGIO AGUERO
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) February 6, 2019
Manchester City have had strong moments in the past, but this sustained period of elite success we are currently witnessing suggests their best player ever could play for them now. Even over recent years, there has been the genius of Yaya Touré or the wizardry of little David Silva but neither come close to the contributions of Sergio Aguero. His consistency often leads to his brilliance being overlooked but there is no doubting his ability in front of goal. Who could forget City’s all-time record goalscorer’s most defining moment: AGUEEERRRROOOOOOOOOOO!
Manchester United – SIR BOBBY CHARLTON
Happy 80th birthday, Sir Bobby Charlton!
758 games 🔴
249 goals ⚽️
12 trophies 🏆
One of Man Utd's greatest servants. pic.twitter.com/gZjcrFbCzP
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 11, 2017
Although recently overtaken as leading scorer by Wayne Rooney, it is still Sir Bobby Charlton who stands as the greatest player ever for this famous club. Miraculously, he survived the Munich air disaster at the tender age of 20 and went on to become the physical embodiment of Manchester United. He scored 249 goals in 758 games, both of which were long-standing records until recently. His link to the club has continued long after his career finished and is synonymous with everything good that United have achieved a look to achieve in the future. An icon of British football.
Newcastle United – ALAN SHEARER
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) July 24, 2015
Newcastle have had a lot of fantastic players but none can match the achievements of Alan Shearer. If ever there was a serial finisher than Alan was that. He arrived at Newcastle for a then world transfer record-breaking fee of £15 million and didn’t disappoint. Season after season, goals continued to pour in for Shearer and his 260 Premier League goals is a record that may not be broken. His managerial stint may not have successful, but his playing career certainly was.
Southampton – MATT LE TISSIER
— Stand out jerseys (@standoutjerseys) February 26, 2017
His commitment to Southampton makes him an easy choice. A mercurially talented individual with a penchant for scoring stunners, he turned down advances from bigger clubs to spend his 17 year career with the Saints. As Xavi once said, ‘he could simply dribble past seven or eight players but without speed – he just walked past them.’ There is a reason he will always be known as ‘Le God’ in Southampton.
Tottenham Hotspur – JIMMY GREAVES
Harry Kane needs one more goal to equal Lineker on 4 hatricks for Spurs. Jimmy Greeves got 15 I'll leave it there.
— Adam Woodford (@WoodfordAdam) March 13, 2016
One wonders whether in ten years’ time this may be replaced with the name Harry Kane, but as of now Jimmy Greaves’ numbers are too impressive to ignore. He is Spur’s record goalscorer with 220 in just 321 appearances and still holds the record for most hat-tricks (six) for England. He may well have been regarded as Chelsea’s greatest player if he had stayed there longer. The tail end of his career was blighted with alcoholism but this doesn’t detract from the legacy he leaves behind at Tottenham.
Watford – JOHN BARNES
— Football Memories (@footballmemorys) February 3, 2019
Barnes found real success and fame with Liverpool, with some fans wanting to put him as Liverpool’s greatest of all time. However, it was his time at Watford that determined how good the young John Barnes would be. Perhaps, if not most influential player to play for Watford, then perhaps the most naturally gifted. He managed 83 goals for Watford from his position out wide on the left and highlighted several flashes of genius that will lead him to go down in history as one of England’s most talented players.
West Ham United – BOBBY MOORE
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 17, 2018
Perhaps the easiest choice. I selected him to be in my greatest XI of all time for a reason. He has become part of British folklore: the England captain who lifted the World Cup. He was the heartbeat of the West Ham team and made up for a lack of real pace with an unreal ability to read the game. No one ever gave more than Bobby Moore and when writing this post, Moore was the first and easiest name to pencil in.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – BILLY WRIGHT
Billy Wright was born #OnThisDay in 1924.
A genuine football legend…
One-club man with Wolves.
1st player to reach 100 international caps.
Longest unbroken run in international football.
3 WC campaigns.
— Culture of Football Classics (@CFclassics) February 6, 2019
Billy Wright was not tall or quick and possessed no obvious clues that he would become Wolverhampton’s greatest ever player. However, after a move into central defence he never looked back, becoming the first person to achieve a century of full international caps. Voted Footballer of the Year in 1952, he is perhaps best known for leading Wolves to the victory in the 1949 FA Cup final as well as the 3 First Division titles. The greatest player in the club’s greatest moments.
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