The English Premier League returns this weekend after a somewhat short off-season owing to the pandemic. Whilst fans like me getting used to the closed door matches,one wonders what effect the empty stadiums would have on a 38 game season. Certainly a big advantage to the smaller teams like Burnley who don’t normally get big crowds I their stadiums. To start of the new season I have compiled the list of the best ten players never to have earned a winners 🏅. Let’s kick it off on a presidential note.
10. George Weah
Before the big money came to Stamford bridge,Chelsea managed to bag the signature of the former world footballer of the year on loan. The prolific striker came to England before the Abramovich era with Chelsea at best a UEFA Cup side making it unlikely for him to win the title. To make things worse the following season he pitched up at a mediocre Manchester City side of 2000s. Strike 2 and out. Today he proudly sits with other leaders at the United Nations discussing nuclear deals instead of dribbling past hapless defenders. The clip below shows Weah at his ruthless best in Serie A.
9. Marcel Desailly
Another Chelsea player but ultimately who had a happier stay at Stamford Bridge. A very powerful defender with great positional awareness. He won everything there is to win in world football but not the premier league. Another victim of bad timing, he left as Jose and Roman were starting their project. Nonetheless he deserves the title of premier league legend having laid the foundation for Chelsea’s success mentoring the likes of John Terry who went on to be champion.
8. Bastian Schweinsteiger
The second world cup winner on this list. Ok what can I say about Bastie here. Bastian probably should have finished his career with Bayern instead of moving to United at their most disorganized period. I admire his courage though in seeking a new challenge in a foreign land. A versatile utility player comfortable on the wing as well as a holding midfielder. His should be a cautionary tale to the elder constituents of football who plan on taking on English Football as a retirement home.
7. Matthew Le Tissier
One of the most underrated players from England in recent memory. He had a knack for the spectacular overhead or solo goal. Criminally ignored by many a England manager, he would have slotted in nicely in an Arsenal side or a Spurs team of the late nineties.A rare breed of one club man,he spent his entire career in the south coast with Southampton.
Enjoy his highlight reel.
6. Robbie Fowler
His goal scoring prowess earned him the nickname “God” from the Kop. He scored the second fastest hat trick in premier league history against David Seaman,Tony Adams and Martin Keown(WTF) ,Arsenal in 4 minutes 33 seconds. These exploits weren’t enough in an otherwise mediocre Liverpool team who lost their way a bit. Hiring,firing of managers experiments with comanagers put paid to that dream. As a consolation however his cup CV is the envy of most players,UEFA Cup,FA cup and League cup medals in his locker.
Ulala magnifique. When a little known Frenchman arrived at tyneside in the mid 90s
at the behest of one Kevin Keegan few realised good ol Kev had a gem on his hands. He was a stylish player with swagger. He made up for his lack of pace with skill. He and Ruud Gullit brought sexy football to an otherwise rugby like English game of the time. He will forever be associated with the 1996 implosion of Newcastle’s title run in. It doesn’t take away magic like this goal below. Much hated in his homeland,he finished his career in mid table mediocrity with Aston Villa and Everton and Spurs.
4. Les Ferdinand
Another implosion veteran makes my list here. Another underrated striker with great positional awareness. Was an able partner to the great Alan Shearer before he tasted cup success at Tottenham 1999 league cup. Here below is his best performance coming from his time at Newcastle
3. Harry Kewell
The dark horse of my list here. The Australian surprised many including myself with his high level of skill. He emerged in an exciting Leeds side of the turn of the millennium under David O’leary which included Rio Ferdinand,Mark Viduka and Lucas Radebe.With a left foot that can shoot and cross well he was at one point said to be coveted by FC Barcelona. No premier league medal for the former Liverpool man. Despite this his major career highlight was reaching the champions league semis with Leeds United in 2001 and Champions league trophy with Liverpool in 2005. Arsenal fans will remember the match below with particular fondness 😜.
2. Steven Gerard
Mr Liverpool. Stevie G has done all but win the PREMIERSHIP and world cup(We all know what a long shot that is😂😂😂). Fiercely loyal to Liverpool,he carried many a hopeless Liverpool team on his back. Who can forget Istanbul 05, Wembley 06 and Anfield(Vs Chelsea 14)😂😂😂.
We should not forget the nearly man who so nearly made this list. My apologies to Harry Kane(Who still has time to my list in future),Vinnie Jones(Yes the movie guy,he was quite the midfield hard man during his peak) and Paulo Di Canio(Dont look so surprised).
1. Emile Heskey
Emile Heskey occupies the top of the mountain because he put his teammates first at times to the detriment of his goal scoring. A proud member of the 100 goal club,he emerged from a Leicester City side of the late 1990s under Martin O’Neill. His move to Liverpool was very well timed. Gerard Houllier knew exactly how to use him,as an auxiliary striker to Michael Owen. Brilliant in the air, could bully any defender and score goals most importantly. He won both domestic club competitions as well as the UEFA Cup. His next move was to do aston Villa then Wigan.