Premier League XI: Loyal footballers

Ryan Giggs, Jamie Carragher & Shola Ameobi have all remained loyal to their clubs since the turn of the 21st Century

Antony Norman
Published 04/29/2013 16:09 by Antony Norman, read by 5,785 people.

With the huge influx of money invested in the modern game it is hard to come by a player who is able, and willing, to stick it out at one club.

Here is a list of the players that I feel have the most passion and loyalty to their club:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech | Chelsea

Petr Cech has been at Chelsea since July 2004 and has certainly justified his £7m price tag. He is the quickest player ever to 100 caps in the Premier League and has played under and waved goodbye to a total of nine managers.

Cech has not even been challenged for his spot in his nine year tenure at the club and is constantly proving his worth with an exceptional save against Javier Hernandez earlier this season. At 30 years of age expect him to be around for a lot longer.

Right-back: Tony Hibbert | Everton

Hibbert was not always a right-back but deservedly received a testimonial after spending nearly 15 years at the club from youth level. He is the only player in the current squad to have gone through the entire reign of David Moyes and has represented the team on 258 occasions.

As a supporter of Everton from a young age his loyalty was never in question, and in 2004 ACTIM index rated him the best right-back of the season. Recognising his incredible devotion to Everton, fans organised a pitch invasion when he scored his only goal for Everton in his testimonial.

Centre-back: Ledley King | Tottenham

I know he has now retired but Mr Tottenham should be a certain shoe-in for this list. King played solely for Tottenham for 16 years, the latter of them in sheer agony. Harry Redknapp labelled him "an absolute freak" being able to play week-in week-out, despite not training.

His commitment to the club is embodied in his decision to remain at the club in an ambassadorial role after his playing days and anyone doubting his involvement should turn their gaze towards his last ditch tackle on Arjen Robben.

Centre-back: Jamie Carragher | Liverpool

Back in his prime Carragher commanded the back-four like no other and amassed a total of 700 plus appearances for Liverpool throughout his 17 years at the club. His efforts are still seen occasionally nowadays as Rodgers uses him in a rotational system.

His performances with Sami Hyypiä in central defence were key to the 2006 Champions League campaign and despite his cramp in the final he was still able to produce two last-ditch tackles in extra time allowed Liverpool to win the cup. This man bleeds Liverpool.

Left-back: Patrice Evra | Manchester United

Evra has been described as "the classic example of a modern day full-back". Discrepancies with the national team should be overlooked when considering his consistency for his club.

He has represented Manchester United on 233 occasions and has captained the team in various matches from 2009 to the present day. His devotion to the club is mirrored in five Premier League titles, one Champions League title, one FIFA Club World Cup title, three League Cups and he is the most decorated left back in the league today.

Right-wing: Aaron Lennon | Tottenham

Perhaps surprising to be chosen for this list but the statistics don't lie and Lennon, believe it or not, has been at Tottenham since 2005. He is the longest-serving current player at Spurs, clocking up 225 appearances for the club. 

What's more Lennon is only 26 years of age and his pace has not, as of yet, started to diminish and Tottenham fans can expect a lot more from the England winger in the next couple of seasons.

Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard | Chelsea

This midfield-maestro has been at Chelsea since 2001 and has been instrumental in their recent success. He has endeared himself to all Chelsea fans who have, on three occasions, voted him as Chelsea Player of the Year.

He is the second-highest goalscorer for Chelsea with just under 200 goals to his name, he is the only midfielder ever to score more then 150 goals in the Premier League and is second in the assists chart with 91 assists. Chelsea fans are hoping he can stay beyond this season.

Centre-midfielder: Steven Gerrard | Liverpool

Ever since his decision to snub Chelsea Gerrard has become a fan-favourite and has been the driving force in a depleted Liverpool side in the last five years. Having debuted in 1998 Gerrard has spent 15 years at the club and is the only player in history to have scored in an FA Cup final, League Cup final, UEFA Cup final and Champions League final.

Labelled "Captain Fantastic" by Liverpool supporters it will be a sad day for Liverpool when Gerrard decides to hang up his boots.

Left-wing: Ryan Giggs | Manchester United

Who else? The ever-present winger is the only player in the world to have played in and scored in every season of the Premier League since 1992. He was voted into the Premier League team of the decade and holds the all time Premier League assists record - standing at 271.

He has done all this at one club. At Man United he has won thirteen Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League medals. He has played in over 900 games for the club in all competitions and is the record holder in this field.

Striker: Shola Ameobi | Newcastle United

Shola Ameobi has made more appearances for Newcastle than any other current player with over 250 matches under his belt.

Often considered a peripheral figure now, Ameobi has been crucial in his 15 year tenure at the club and received a winner's medal in 2010 for winning the Championship.

Striker: Gabriel Agbonlahor | Aston Villa

Having spent his entire career at Villa Park coming through the youth ranks Agbonlahor has become something of an icon ever since he made his debut in 2006. He has represented the club as a player but also as an interim-captain under Alex Mcleish.

He has scored over 60 Premier League goals for Aston Villa making him the joint highest scorer ever for the club with Dwight Yorke. Only at the age of 26 Villa fans can expect to see  their number 11 for a long time to come.


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