Every Premier League club’s three longest-serving players

Date published: Wednesday 19th June 2019 11:45

The point at which a player signed a professional contract and became a first-team squad member is used. So Mark Noble is counted from 2004 instead of 2000 (when he joined West Ham’s academy), for example.

Those who are confirmed to be leaving this summer are not included.

 

ARSENAL

1) Laurent Koscielny (July 2010)
Aaron Ramsey had a good two-year head start on his closest Arsenal teammate, but he leaves the club in fine hands as he jets off to Turin.

2) Emiliano Martinez (August 2010)
And some people don’t think Arsenal have any dressing-room leaders.

3) Carl Jenkinson (June 2011)
Do you reckon he still has an Arsenal-themed bedroom?

 

ASTON VILLA

1) Jack Grealish (July 2012)
He’s really, really good. And no longer a bit of a div. You might just fall in love with him next season.

2) Andre Green (July 2016)
He is Villa’s best bring young English thing. Recalled from a loan spell in January, he came off the bench in the play-off final.

3) Aaron Tshibola (July 2016)
Signed from Reading for a barely believable £5m, he has since had loan spells at Nottingham Forest, MK Dons and Kilmarnock (twice). It has not gone well.

 

BOURNEMOUTH

1) Harry Arter (June 2010)
He has been linked with Fulham – perhaps rather lazily as he is married to Scott Parker’s sister – but Harry Arter will return from his Cardiff loan as Bournemouth’s longest-serving player after Marc Pugh’s exit.

2) Charlie Daniels (November 2011)
Depending on where Eddie Howe uses him, Lloyd Kelly has every chance of finally displacing Charlie Daniels as Bournemouth’s regular left-back next season. Poor Diego Rico.

3) Steve Cook (January 2012)
He joined a full six days before his old mucker Simon Francis.

 

BRIGHTON

1) Lewis Dunk (April 2010)
But could he leave for Leicester City if they sell Harry Maguire?

2) Solly March (December 2011)
Shame he didn’t sign his first professional contract nine months earlier or three months later.

3) Dale Stephens (January 2014)
With Bruno leaving after seven years by the sea, Dale Stephens feels like the perfect man to assume such an important mantle.

 

BURNLEY

1) Kevin Long (January 2010)
Shane must be awfully proud of his brother.

2) Ben Mee (July 2011)
Ben Mee, shape me, anyway you want me. Long as he’s Burnley’s second longest-serving player, it’s all right.

3) Tom Heaton (May 2013)
Sean Dyche’s first permanent Burnley signing is still his first-choice goalkeeper. How lovely.

 

CHELSEA

1) Tomas Kalas (July 2010)
Matej Delac will be delighted. Tomas Kalas has played two Premier League games for Chelsea, the last of which came in May 2014.

2) Kenneth Omeruo (January 2012)
He is 25. He has literally never played for Chelsea. He has had seven loans. He has 44 Nigeria caps. This is Chelsea.

3) Lucas Piazon (January 2012)
Lucas Piazon has played once in the Premier League for Chelsea, as a second-half substitute in December 2012.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE

1) Ryan Inniss (June 2011)
With Julian Speroni leaving Selhurst Park after 14 years this summer, and Jonny Williams having departed earlier this year, 23-year-old Ryan Inniss and his one League Cup appearance for Crystal Palace is in charge.

2) Joel Ward (May 2012)
Frank de Boer came at the King. He bloody well missed.

3) Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann (January 2014)
I did Nazi that coming.

 

EVERTON

1) Leighton Baines (July 2007)
Phil Jagielka has now gone but Baines is an Everton player for another few days at least.

2) Seamus Coleman (January 2009)
David Moyes has never spent £40,000 more wisely, except when he booked a helicopter that one time.

3) Kevin Mirallas (August 2012)
Last seen in an Everton shirt in a 4-1 defeat in November 2017.

 

LEICESTER

1) Andy King (May 2007)
The first player to win England’s top three divisions with the same team in the Premier League era is no longer even the most famous Andy King. Bloody Fyre Festival.

2) Kasper Schmeichel (June 2011)
Kasper Schmeichel has already been at Leicester longer than Peter Schmeichel was at Manchester United. Weird.

3) Wes Morgan (January 2012)
Against all odds, Nigel Pearson’s second Leicester signing – Danny Drinkwater was his first – is still knocking about in the East Midlands.

 

LIVERPOOL

1) Jordan Henderson (June 2011)
He might have had
 “the most difficult job in the last 500 years of football” but he has been rewarded with the honour of actually lifting the Champions League. What a hero.

2) Simon Mignolet (June 2013)
It seems likely Simon Mignolet will leave, even though his contract doesn’t expire until 2021.

3) Adam Lallana (July 2014)
Five years? Five years? How can this actually be true? That’s half a testimonial.

 

MANCHESTER CITY

1) David Silva (June 2010)
Vincent Kompany is leaving his beloved club in the safest possible hands.

2) Sergio Aguero (July 2011)
Seriously. If only either of them were all-time greats.

3) Fernandinho (July 2013)
He has come a long way since having to choose a different squad number because James Milner was already wearing the No. 7 shirt when he signed. Replacing this trio might be the biggest challenge of Pep Guardiola’s career.

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

1) Chris Smalling (July 2010)
Throw in the fact that he’s replacing Antonio Valencia, and it quite neatly encapsulates one of Manchester United’s biggest self-inflicted problems.

2) Phil Jones (June 2011)
So does that.

3) Ashley Young (June 2011)
And that.

 

NEWCASTLE

1) Paul Dummett (July 2010)
“I don’t think you’ve what it takes to play in my team,'” Paul Dummett recalls hearing from Alan Pardew upon his return from a loan at St Mirren in summer 2013. Six years on, he is a homegrown Newcastle hero and first-team regular, while Pardew is downing pineapple juice between punditry gigs.

2) Rob Elliot (August 2011)
The 33-year-old wears the No. 1 shirt having not made a first-team appearance for Newcastle since December 2017. Elite mentality.

3) Rolando Aarons (April 2014)
With two years left on his Newcastle contract, Rolando Aarons still has every chance of being sent out on loan more often by Rafael Benitez (three times) than he has appeared in the Premier League under him (six times).

 

NORWICH CITY

1) Alex Tettey (August 2012)
Only one current Norwich player can profess to having played a part in both of their previous Premier League seasons, scored a winner at Old Trafford and netted a Goal of the Season contender. And it ain’t Grant Hanley.

2) Louis Thompson (September 2014)
Started one Championship game last season – a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United.

3) Ben Godfrey (January 2016)
Signed for pennies from York City, Godfrey ended the season as first-choice centre-back at Norwich.

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED

1) Chris Basham (June 2014)
Only three members of Sheffield United’s first-team squad pre-date Chris Wilder’s appointment. But Chris Basham goes as far as to precede even Nigel Adkins’ reign at Bramall Lane.

2) Kieron Freeman (January 2015)
So too does Kieron Freeman, who might forever be the only player to feature for all three professional Nottinghamshire clubs in consecutive games. He played for Mansfield on New Year’s Day 2012, started for Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup six days later, then for Notts County on an emergency loan a week after that. Lovely.

3) Billy Sharp (July 2015)
With Paul Coutts one of five players released by the Blades this summer, Billy Sharp takes his place on the podium. Who else remembers the only two Premier League appearances of his career, for Southampton in defeats to Manchester City and Wigan in August 2013?

 

SOUTHAMPTON

1) Jack Stephens (April 2011)
A £150,000 signing from Plymouth, centre-back Jack Stephens has been worth every penny. And that is not a compliment.

2) James Ward-Prowse (October 2011)
You know how everyone still calls Jesse Lingard one of Manchester United’s ‘kids’? He’s 26 and 239 career appearances for club and country. James Ward-Prowse is 24 and has played 235 times for Southampton alone.

3) Maya Yoshida (August 2012)
Steven Davis was the only other survivor from those Southampton signed in their first summer back in the Premier League. He has permanently sodded off to Rangers, leaving Maya Yoshida to fend for himself.

 

TOTTENHAM

1) Danny Rose (July 2007)
How strange is it to think that a Martin Jol signing is a first-team regular at Tottenham 12 years on?

2) Harry Kane (July 2010)
Arsenal will think twice before releasing the next academy member who is “a bit chubby” and not “very athletic”.

3) Jan Vertonghen
And now to a player who rejected Arsenal. It’s difficult to say he got that decision wrong, really.

 

WATFORD

1) Troy Deeney (August 2010)
Twas ever thus. That’s the price you pay for having gargantuan cojones.

2) Craig Cathcart (July 2014)
Now that’s what we call a free transfer. Five years on, he has just completed a 3578-minute season.

3) Sebastian Prodl (July 2015)
Another free transfer…but this one played 103 minutes of football last season and has two more years on his contract.

 

WEST HAM

1) Mark Noble (August 2004)
Wih Julian Speroni’s watch over, Mark Noble is now the Premier League’s current longest-serving player. He is the hero none of us deserve.

2) Winston Reid (August 2010)
The scorer of the last ever goal at Upton Park has not played for West Ham since March 2018. Bloody knee injuries.

3) Aaron Cresswell (July 2014)
Taking the mantle from Andy Carroll is England international Aaron Cresswell. It sounds weird because it is weird.

 

WOLVES

1) Matt Doherty (August 2010)
Say what you like about Dean Saunders (remind yourself of this first), he did at least give Matt Doherty his first proper break as a Wolves right-back.

2) Jordan Graham (January 2015)
Probably found his level with a loan spell at Oxford United from January. He has not been seen in a Wolves shirt since August 2017.

3) Sylvain Deslandes (July 2015)
Ended the season on loan in the Spanish third tier with FC Jumilla. He has not been seen in a Wolves shirt since September 2017.

 

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