You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. BB. Rarely injured, the Spaniard has proven to be a genuine bargain since his £7m move from Marseille. A gifted goalscorer and Premier League title-winner at Blackburn, Sutton was your quintessential out and out No 9. Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, he hit 22 in a single season in 2009/10, netting a grand total of 147 Premier League goals. His contributions both with and without the ball have proved vital at Manchester City, and have similarly injected a sense of energy and purpose into England’s frontline. Bruce, who began his managerial career at Wednesday’s rivals, Sheffield United, in 1998, has been out of work since he was sacked by Aston Villa in early October and takes over a club 16th in the Championship. That really isn’t an exaggeration, not when you consider his longevity, the number of titles he won and his absolutely key role in all of them. Nikos Dabizas probably disagrees. Sir Alex Ferguson once described Keane as the embodiment of his winning attitude on the pitch and that is all the more appropriate because, if the great manager is the figure to have influenced the Premier League more than anyone, Keane is the player to have psychologically influenced the Premier League more than anyone. Tony Pulis 12/1. ", Steve Bruce will take over Newcastle United after Rafa Benitez left at the end of last season. Take Fisayo (Dele-Bashiru) who has got no experience at all and then Izzy Brown, who has a lot of experience. Alex Neil … Bruce has subsequently landed his eleventh job in the managerial arena, and third within the last year. He peaked in 2006, playing an integral part to that title-winning side, winning himself a place in the PFA Team of the Year and starring for England at the World Cup. A two-time title winner who seems to get better with age. The player most likely to drastically improve his ranking in years to come. LO. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Dejphon Chansiri (chairman) Vote. It was at Stamford Bridge the enigmatic Frenchman enjoyed the most success, winning two league titles. BB. AH. BB. But Newcastle pressed on with their unveiling on Thursday, though the task at hand will have been made crystal clear to Bruce as the side suffered a one-sided 4-0 defeat against Premier League rivals Wolves on their pre-season tour of China. Bruce also guided Aston Villa to the Championship play-off final in 2018.”. Championship club issues strongly-worded statement to condemn Newcastle for their appointment of Bruce as their new manager three days after he quit Hillsborough, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. His arrival at Manchester City, along with the likes of Robinho and Co, marked a new era for the club as it looked to refashion itself into a Premier League giant. An extremely versatile and well-rounded player, who completely remodeled his game as he grew older. A vital cog for both West Ham and Tottenham before his big move to Manchester United. But when he is on song, there are few players who can read the game like Mesut Ozil. He could play either side, took free-kicks and penalties, and dovetailed brilliantly with Giggs, who later said he was able to stay high up the pitch because Irwin needed such little defensive cover. Thursday, 17th September 2020, 10:44 am. The eleventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 146 goals, and the competition's 19th-highest appearance maker. Steve Bruce is the new Newcastle manager after leaving his post at Sheffield Wednesday. From the humblest of beginnings to the dizzying heights of Premier League success - first with Leicester and then with Chelsea - N’Golo Kante has proved a revelation. Blessed with every conceivable asset you could want from a No 9, born in a different era Shearer would’ve easily been a £100m player. LB. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Holds the record for most Premier League Player of the Month awards, as well the best strike-rate (0.70 goals per game) in the tournament’s history. LB. We all knew he was going to be special from the moment he stunned David Seaman from distance as a 16-year-old, ending Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten run. Struggled slightly after his £7m move from Spartak Moscow, before forming the best centre-back partnership in the history of the Premier League with Rio Ferdinand. The Nigerian had magic in his boots and became a cult hero in Lancashire, forming a brilliant partnership with French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff. His move from Arsenal, where he made a name for himself, to Manchester United will always remain a point of contention but it certainly paid off. SL. Helped usher in Rafa Benitez’s Anfield revolution, forming a wonderful midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard before departing after five seasons for Real Madrid. But in playing terms it was a mistake. SL. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? SL. The Uruguayan hit an extraordinary 31 goals in 33 matches as Liverpool went so, so close to ending their long wait for a league title. Asserted himself as one of the best defenders in the world before famously falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and leaving for Lazio. Few could have expected quite how successful the Norwegian would become at Old Trafford when he was signed on the cheap to provide backup to Eric Cantona and Andy Cole. The greatest player in the history of the Premier League. Owen was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or, having notably helped Liverpool to a Treble in the 2000/01 season. JR. A Premier League giant. The 14th-most successful goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. Cole could defensively lock down the very best in the world and his longevity at the top makes him an all-time great with an enviable trophy cabinet stuffed with every major honour in the club game. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. Intelligent on the ball and a fantastic distributor, Carvalho complemented the traditional, hard-nosed approach adopted by Terry. LO. A three time Premier League winner who has scored 161 goals, regularly exceeding the once-fabled 20 goal a season mark. A true box-to-box midfielder: dominating, aggressive and always ready to lead from the front. Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation. Arrived at Spurs from Monaco and immediately scored 20 goals in 41 league matches, despite a turbulent season which saw Osvaldo Ardiles replaced by Steve Perryman and then Gerry Francis. The diminutive Italian sparked a period with the Blues of expansive, attractive football. Another player who adapted his game as he grew older, proving his class across multiple roles. Prolific for both Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle, while also becoming hugely popular at White Hart Lane. The Owls chief remains in the market for new recruits, with bringing in another option up front being his major priority. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The impenetrable foundation upon which five of Manchester United’s Premier League titles were built. A one-club man, Liverpool's vice-captain for 10 years, and the club's second-longest ever serving player. A converted defensive midfielder who formed a crucial partnership with Patrick Vieira. Bruce has signed a three-year contract to become Newcastle manager, but Sheffield Wednesday are far from pleased with how the matter was handled and claim that “legal issues” are yet to be resolved, with a dispute over the compensation fee that the Magpies will pay the Championship club arising during negotiations. He may drift in and out of games. Eventually left for Barcelona in a £25m deal, making him the most expensive player in Dutch football history. TK. TK. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY manager Garry Monk has professed to being open-minded on his search to bring in a new striker. Steve Bruce named Newcastle United manager, Sheffield Wednesday taking legal advice as Bruce quits for Newcastle, Newcastle supporters condemn ‘unambitious’ Bruce appointment, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Has an argument to be the best right-back in the league's history: Tougher and stronger than most, with a tremendous appetite to attack - chipping in with 34 goals and 34 assists in his time in London. At the peak of his powers, he was simply one of the best goalkeepers to have graced the Premier League. Sparky had success at Chelsea before two-year spells at Southampton, Everton and Blackburn, but his high-point came earlier as the perfect foil for Eric Cantona in Manchester United's first two title wins. A pioneer thanks to his time at Chelsea, where he charmed a generation of fans with his fancy tricks and delightful free-kick goals. Before he was an unexpectedly high-achieving interim manager, he was one of the best strikers in the business.
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