Premier League Legends

Written by JR Hartley
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The term legend is probably bandied about too frequently nowadays, but in the Premier League, a smattering of players certainly deserve the tag. The likes Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Gary Neville, Ashley Cole , Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Paul Scholes

won titles and displayed remarkable consistency throughout their glittering careers in the English top flight. But who is on the cusp of joining this elite group? Who is the most likely to be considered a Premier League legend when we look back in 10 years’ time? Here are the leading contenders:

Kevin De Bruyne

It is fair to assume that Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva can already be considered Premier League legends as they have the silverware and the acclaim to prove it. But this current Man City team seems on the cusp of even greater achievements – check the well-reviewed and you will see they are heavy favourites to win the title in record fashion this season – and many more of their players can go on to be known as legends of the world’s most popular league. The jewel in the crown, however, is De Bruyne. The Belgian has just signed a new long-term contract at The Etihad, which is sensational news for the club as he looks a shoo-in to win Player of the Year this season and he is constantly improving. His range of passing is frightening, he absolutely controls games and he is also dangerous in front of goal, so it seems unlikely that anything can stop De Bruyne achieving legendary status.

 Jesse Lingard

Man Utd have a ridiculous wealth of attacking options after signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. The Chilean will walk into the starting 11 alongside £75 million summer signing Romelu Lukaku, and that could leave three outrageously talented youngsters – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Lingard – fighting for just one place in the Jose Mourinho’s best team. The quick and dangerous Rashford has long been hyped as the future of English football, while Martial is starting to live up to his colossal price tag, but it could be the less heralded of that trio that nails down the place in Man Utd’s team long-term. Lingard’s improvement this season is astonishing. He has been one of the Red Devils’ most efficient attackers this season, with goals and assists ratios to make his teammates blush, and he is not scoring tap ins. He has been banging in screamers, carrying the ball from inside his own half before firing past the keeper and also displaying great anticipation to get on the end of crosses. If he continues his upward trajectory he could eclipse even Rashford and Martial.

Mohamed Salah

Salah has been on fire since joining Liverpool from Roma in the summer, breaking all sorts of club records for his blistering start to the campaign. He has a ferocious left foot and electric pace, and his form softens the blow of losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Liverpool are brilliant going forwards – as they displayed when ending Man City’s unbeaten run, sans Coutinho, this month – and they have now shored up their defence with the signing of Virgil Van Dijk, so they could challenge Man City’s dominance in the years ahead if they replace Coutinho and strengthen at the back and in goal. Salah will be the driving force if they do as he is a supremely talented player.

Harry Kane

The England striker cannot stop scoring for Tottenham and is on course to win a third consecutive Golden Boot this season. He is on course to break Alan Shearer’s Premiership goal scoring record if he stays in the league, but that is a big if. He put Real Madrid to the sword in the Champions League this season and now the European champions are readying a monstrous bid to tempt him to the Bernebeu. If he follows in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, he may give up his chance of becoming a Premiership legend, but the lure of Real Madrid – with the money, the prestige, the history and the bulging trophy room – is often too great to ignore. However, if he stays in the Premiership he is certain to become one of the all-time greats, be it for Tottenham or a rival club if they prise him away.


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