Every Premier League club’s three longest-serving players

Date published: Thursday 6th February 2020 8:26

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.

 

ARSENAL

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

2) Hector Bellerin (July 2012)
That he is yet to play 200 games for the club is a genuine shame.

3) Mesut Ozil (September 2013)
Mesut ‘f***ing’ Ozil has now become ‘f***ing Mesut Ozil’.

 

ASTON VILLA

1) Jack Grealish (July 2012)
He’s really, really good. And Gareth Southgate might have to make an exception for him.

2) Jed Steer (July 2013)
It took almost six years for Steer to become Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper. And then they signed Tom Heaton. And when Heaton got injured, so did poor Steer.

3) Andre Green (July 2016)
Now on loan at Charlton after Villa bought a whole team’s worth of players.

 

BOURNEMOUTH

1) Harry Arter (June 2010)
Still a Bournemouth player although his loan at Fulham means he may never play for the Cherries again.

2) Charlie Daniels (November 2011)
The old man has missed pretty much the entirety of the season after knee surgery.

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

 

BRIGHTON

1) Lewis Dunk (April 2010)
Now being linked with Manchester City after serving his time on the south coast.

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)
Six years at Brighton and we still couldn’t pick him out of a line-up.

 

BURNLEY

1) Kevin Long (January 2010)
Shane must be awfully proud of his brother. He usually keeps Ben Gibson off the bench.

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) Ashley Barnes (January 2014)
Sean Dyche’s first cash signing as Burnley manager was a £750,000 bargain.

 

CHELSEA

1) Lucas Piazon (January 2012)
Lucas Piazon has played once in the Premier League for Chelsea, as a second-half substitute in December 2012. He is now on loan spell No. 7 (at Rio Ave).

2)  Cesar Azpilicueta (August 2012)
He has played an awful lot of games for Chelsea and won six major trophies.

3) Victor Moses (August 2012)
Loan spell No. 5 is improbably at Inter Milan.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE

1) Ryan Inniss (June 2011)
He’s 24, on loan at Newport County and has played once for Palace in the League Cup.

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)
He has only played 243 minutes of football this season, but that’s probably just about enough at 35.

2) Luke Garbutt (September 2009)
Everton paid Leeds £600,000 for the 16-year-old but he has played just 12 games for Everton, the last coming in 2015. He’s now on loan at Ipswich.

3) Seamus Coleman (January 2009)
David Moyes has never spent £60,000 more wisely, except when he booked a helicopter that one time.

 

LEICESTER

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

2) 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.

3) Matty James (May 2012)
Two days before Jamie Vardy arrived, James moved from Manchester United with Richie De Laet. Injuries have limited him to 16 appearances in five years.

 

LIVERPOOL

1) Jordan Henderson (June 2011)
Captain and likely PFA Player of the Year (wrongly).

2) Adam Lallana (July 2014)
This seems ridiculous; he has pretty much only just joined.

3) Dejan Lovren (July 2014)
See above. Both will go this summer.

 

MANCHESTER CITY

1) David Silva (June 2010)
This summer will see the end of a glorious ten-year era.

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)
Currently being a Roman god.

2) Phil Jones (June 2011)
But never fear, Phil Jones is here.

3) David De Gea (June 2011)
The last pre-Woodward signing still at the club.

 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

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. He is still there; Pardew is not.

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)
He just edges out Jack Colback, who joined two months later. Nobody comes out of this looking good. Motherwell, by the way.

 

NORWICH CITY

1) Alex Tettey (August 2012)
A member of our Old Folks XI. He has seen it all.

2) Louis Thompson (September 2014)
A career blighted by injury is currently being rebuilt at MK Dons on loan.

3) Ben Godfrey (January 2016)
Signed for pennies from York City, Godfrey is now an England Under-21 international.

 

SHEFFIELD UNITED

1) Chris Basham (June 2014)
Only three members of Sheffield United’s first-team squad pre-date Chris Wilder’s appointment; Basham is the only one of the trio to be a Premier League regular.

2) Kieron Freeman (January 2015)
Not a single Premier League appearance as a reward for that longevity.

3) Billy Sharp (July 2015)
Nobody will ever take that opening-day goal away from him.

 

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)
Over 250 games for the Saints and he is still only 25. Get well soon, JWP.

3) Maya Yoshida (August 2012)
The last of the summer signings from their 2012 promotion summer is now on loan at Sampdoria.

 

TOTTENHAM

1) Danny Rose (July 2007)
Now at Newcastle on loan in a transfer that suits all parties.

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 (July 2012)

WATFORD

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

2) Huerelho Gomes (July 2014)
He just can’t leave.

3) Craig Cathcart (July 2014)
Now that’s what we call a free transfer. The beat goes on.

 

WEST HAM

1) Mark Noble (August 2004)
Mark Noble is 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)
He has three (too many) England caps.

 

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)
He has not been seen in a Wolves shirt since August 2017. Now at Gillingham on loan.

3) Conor Coady (July 2015)
Missed one league game in three years (through suspension).

 

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