Revealed! Premier League clubs ranked by their greatest ever homegrown player

first_img 20 9. Jordan Henderson – Sunderland – Henderson joined his hometown club at the age of eight and made his professional debut ten years later. His performances earned him the club’s Young Player of the Year two years running, earning the attention of Manchester United and Liverpool, joining and now captaining the latter, as well as being an England squad regular. 20 8. Sol Campbell – Tottenham Hotspur – This will upset a few Spurs fans who believe it should be Ledley King, but Campbell’s career was far better. The former England defender played 73 times in a decent era for the national team, as well as winning four FA Cups, a League Cup and two Premier League titles – including being an integral part of the 2004 Arsenal ‘invincibles’. 20 20 20 5. Steven Gerrard – Liverpool – After 18 years of service to Liverpool, Gerrard has gone down in history as one of the club’s greatest ever players. He joined the Reds academy as a nine-year-old and went on to become one of the players of his generation and club captain, but failed to lead Liverpool to that elusive Premier League title. He did, however, inspire the club to an incredible Champions League triumph, and scored in and won FA Cup, UEFA Cup and League Cup finals. Not bad, considering Liverpool were consistently inferior to the cream of the Premier League and Europe during his career. He emotionally left the Reds to join Cole at LA Galaxy but is expected to retire at the end of the season. 17. Saido Berahino – West Bromwich Albion – Berahino may have thrown his toys out of the pram recently but he could have a big future ahead of him after a great start to his professional career. 20 20 7. Ashley Cole – Arsenal – Cole started his youth career at the Gunners, made his debut aged 18 and was one of the ‘invincibles’. However he is hated by Arsenal fans who believe he betrayed the club by moving to Chelsea, where he won every trophy possible. Tony Adams doesn’t qualify for the Gunners as he made his debut outside of the Premier League era. Cole still plays in MLS for LA Galaxy. 3. Wayne Rooney – Everton – Rooney joined Everton aged nine and was prolific through the youth ranks, scoring 114 goals in 29 games for the under-10s and 11s. He famously scored his first goal against Arsenal to propel him onto the world scene before joining Manchester United and becoming one of the club’s greatest ever players; he is currently only four goals shot of becoming their highest ever goalscorer. He has also won virtually every major club trophy since leaving Everton but still says he loves the club, despite outraging a large proportion of Toffees fans when he left for Old Trafford in 2004. 20 15. Danny Ings – Bournemouth – Ings joined Bournemouth after he was released as a schoolboy by Southampton before making his debut aged only 17 for the Cherries. He scored seven times in 27 games before Burnley took notice and signed him for around £1m. The compensation Liverpool paid Burnley for him was an English record but he spent much of last season out injured. 20 4. John Terry – Chelsea – As a boy, Terry was part of West Ham’s youth system but he left for Chelsea at 14 at a time when youth players were not tied to contracts, hence why the Blues paid no compensation. Terry has spent 18 years at Stamford Bridge so far, playing 483 times, scoring 40 goals and winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League as captain. 20 14. Stephen Ireland – Manchester City – Micah Richards misses out because City paid a fee for him as a youth player so Ireland, who joined the club at the age of 15, gets the nod. He played 138 times for City and was named the club’s Player of the Year for 2008/09. He is now at Stoke after a spell at Aston Villa but only made 16 appearances for the Potters last term. 20 12. Joe Allen – Swansea City – Welsh-speaker Allen joined Swansea at the age of nine, spending 13 years at the club before joining Liverpool. During that period he played for the Swans in League One, the Championship and the Premier League. He could find himself back in South Wales this summer with the Swans keen to bring him back from Liverpool after a fine Euro 2016. 20 10. Ashley Young – Watford – Young was initially turned away from Watford’s academy after an unsuccessful spell but improved and forced his way back to the club before making his debut as an 18-year-old. He scored 19 goals in 98 games and helped the club to the Premier League before moving on to Aston Villa and then Manchester United, where he has won the Premier League and the FA Cup. 20. Clayton Donaldson – Hull City (click the arrow, right, to see who is considered your club’s best homegrown player in the Premier League era, and which player is ranked number one) – N.B. Only players who made their senior football debut during the Premier League era (1992/93 season onwards), having represented the same club at youth level, are included. The club cannot have paid any fee or compensation to sign them (for example, the compensation paid by Arsenal to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas rules him out of consideration for this homegrown ranking). And total career achievements are taken into account when deciding the ranking of each homegrown player, not just their achievements at the club where they emerged. At 20, Hull haven’t got a whole lot to shout about in regards to their academy graduates, so Donaldson is as good as it gets. The striker made his debut for Hull in 2002 after progressing through their youth team following his release from Bradford. He went on to help Brentford achieve League One promotion and scored 11 Championship goals for Birmingham City last season. Not bad, but only good enough for 20th place in our ranking of Premier League clubs’ top homegrown talent. 20 11. Andy King – Leicester City – Devon-born Welshman King has spent his whole career with the Foxes after being released as a Chelsea schoolboy at the age of 15. King is their highest scoring midfielder with 53 goals and won League One, the Championship and the Premier League with the club. 16. Jay Rodriguez – Burnley – Injury has hampered his Southampton career but the former Burnley man has scored 52 goals in his professional career, since making his debut for the Clarets in 2007 after working his way through their youth system. 1. Gareth Bale – Southampton – He may not have done too much for Southampton since becoming the Saints’ second youngest ever player when he made he debut aged 16, but he is one of the best players the Premier League has ever seen. His goals for Tottenham took them to the Champions League before he became the world’s most expensive player. At Real Madrid he has won two Champions Leagues in his three seasons as well as dragging Wales to Euro 2016 almost single-handedly, then on to a semi-final place. The British game hasn’t seen a player consistently make such an individual impact around the football world for a long time, and Bale is arguably the greatest ever footballer to leave the UK and play abroad. 20 19. Karl Henry – Stoke City – Henry made 120 appearances for the Potters after joining them as a youth player in 1998. He is currently at QPR but also played in the Premier League with Wolves after helping them achieve promotion. 6. Frank Lampard – West Ham United – Lampard is the best of a line of fantastic youth products to come out of West Ham, such as Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Mark Noble. However, Lampard’s career after he left the Hammers edges him just past Ferdinand as he became one of the best midfielders in the world and won every trophy possible with Chelsea, before moving to Manchester City and then MLS with New York City. 20 13. Lee Cattermole – Middlesbrough – Cattermole was at Middlesbrough for seven years before making his senior debut at the age of 17 and bring named the club’s youngest ever captain in the same season. He has played a key role in a number of current club Sunderland’s successful Premier League survivals since leaving Boro. 20 20 20 20 Homegrown players who progress through the academy are a rare thing in the Premier League nowadays; with the embarrassing riches for clubs meaning foreign players are often a more enticing option.Jose Mourinho, in particular, has come under criticism of this, which led him to vehemently defend his record with youth players.But how have the current Premier League clubs done with bringing through academy graduates?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT ranks the best academy graduates from each other the 20 top-flight clubs.N.B. Only players who made their senior football debut during the Premier League era (1992/93 season onwards), having represented the same club at youth level, are included. The club cannot have paid any fee or compensation to sign them (for example, the compensation paid by Arsenal to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas rules him out of consideration for this homegrown ranking). 2. Paul Scholes – Manchester United – Like Adams with Arsenal, Ryan Giggs doesn’t qualify for our ranking as he made his debut outside of the Premier League era, so the honour goes to Scholes. He came through the youth system with the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Giggs and Gary and Phil Neville as the ‘Class of ’92’ and won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and three FA Cups. And if that is not enough, Scholes has been lauded as the best midfielder of his generation by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi. 20 18. Clinton Morrison – Crystal Palace – Morrison scored 61 goals in 157 appearances for the Eagles in his first spell before returning to the club for a further 41 goals in 124 games. He went on to play for a host of other clubs throughout the Football League and now turns out for Redditch United in the Southern League Premier Division. last_img read more

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‘I loved it… he cares’ – Premier League boss defends Mourinho on talkSPORT

first_imgNeil Warnock has defended Jose Mourinho over his wild celebration of Manchester United’s winning goal in the Champions League against Young Boys.The Red Devils put in another lacklustre performance at Old Trafford on Tuesday night but managed to book their place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over the Swiss club. Worst cover of London Calling ever. pic.twitter.com/CA1VXln6g8— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) November 27, 2018 Mourinho answered his critics after the match by sending a message to his ‘lovers’ and highlighted his brilliant record in Europe.The ‘Special One’ faced a backlash for that, too, with many claiming he was making Man United’s victory about him rather than the team.But Warnock added: “If you had that many wins, you would talk about it.“I wish I could talk about all the wins he’s got!”Listen back to Neil Warnock on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Mourinho made no secret of his frustration on the touchline against Young Boys 3 Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes were among those who criticised Mourinho’s animated behaviour throughout the match, while fellow TV pundit Gary Lineker blasted the boss for his fuming reaction to an early miss from Marcus Rashford.But Warnock had Jose’s back there, too.“I would have put my head in my hands,” he said.“I remember Adel Taarabt chipping a penalty and I put my head in my hands, I shook my head to the fans – you just do that, it’s automatic.“You think, ‘why didn’t he play it hard and low’, and all that. We all have that moment.“The thing is all the cameras are on you now, so everything you do is magnified.” 3center_img 3 Mourinho lost it when United scored a late winner against Young Boys Neil Warnock has defended Jose Mourinho’s recent touchline antics But Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winner wasn’t the only highlight of an otherwise drab match, as Mourinho’s celebration stole the headlines.The boss went crazy, picking up a full water bottle carrier from the side of the pitch and smashing it on the floor, in scenes which sparked a meme frenzy online. “BAH GAWD!” pic.twitter.com/Wu5RO3qAnI— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) November 27, 2018But while the internet loved it, a host of pundits and former players did not, with Mourinho facing a heap of criticism for his over-the-top reaction.But Warnock says there’s nothing wrong with showing a bit of passion on the touchline.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Cardiff manager – who turns 70 on Saturday – said: “Oh I loved it, me, I thought it were brilliant.“He was just showing passion and that he cares.LISTEN: Jose Mourinho showing signs of ‘over-arousal’, says leading sports psychotherapist“Listen, I’ve been a pundit I’ve been in the studio and you say what you want to say.“But let me tell you, it’s so different when you’re on that touchline and you’ve got to make the decisions.“It’s so easy to criticise and get on managers’ backs.”last_img read more

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