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The Most Reliable Player on Every EPL Team

Phil ConstableCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2012

The Most Reliable Player on Every EPL Team

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    We all love the excitement that the word's superstars can produce. There's nothing quite like seeing something majestic, something that takes your breath away.

    That said, as much as we love players who double our heart rates, there's something to be said for those who content us week-in and week-out with nothing short of consistent splendour.

    So let's honour these metronomic performers by taking a look at each team's most reliable man. 

Arsenal: Robin van Persie

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    Robin van Persie is one of the few players in the Premier League who can both mesmerise you and upon whom you can rely to do so every time he steps on to the pitch.

    The question remains as to whether Van Persie will still be at Arsenal come next season, and this is no doubt one thing Arsenal fans will want to remain consistent.

Aston Villa: Shay Given

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    Watching Shay Given languish on the end of Manchester City's bench was one of the saddest things to see for one of the most consistently-brilliant goalkeepers of the past decade.

    Be it at Newcastle or now at Villa, Given has proven himself to be a goalkeeper you can unquestionably rely on. 

Blackburn: Chris Samba

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    Trying to pick the most reliable Blackburn player is a bit like trying to pick your favourite sexually-transmitted disease.

    And how fitting it is that the team's most reliable player is someone who wants nothing more than to run away from Blackburn with a beaming smile across his face?

    He may be Blackburn's most reliable player, but Chris Samba won't even be a Blackburn player come next year. 

Bolton: Kevin Davies

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    It just gets easier and easier, doesn't it?

    Kevin Davies gets the nod here due to his consistent work ethic and competitiveness.

    He's not the player he once was, but you can still rely on the big centre forward to put in maximum effort for the good of the team.

Chelsea: Daniel Sturridge

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    As surprising as it may seem with all the internationals and big names at the club, Daniel Sturridge has been by far Chelsea's most reliable player, providing goals and a creative spark with Fernando Torres that continues to aid the club's top-four ambitions.

    If you think he's playing well now, just wait until he gets to play in his favourite position: Torres' role.

Everton: Tim Howard

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    Manchester United got rid of Tim Howard all those years ago because he was too inconsistent and they wanted more stability—how times have changed.

    While United continue to live and die by David De Gea's performances, Howard has proven himself to be a high-class goalkeeper, fulfilling that potential Sir Alex Ferguson must have once seen in him.

Fulham: Clint Dempsey

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    What a player Clint Dempsey has become.

    Fulham's front man has become one of the most reliable attacking forces in the Premier League, and a bigger club may well be around the corner for him.

Liverpool: Pepe Reina

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    Another goalkeeper for the list, but with Steven Gerrard's injury problems, Jamie Carragher's declining talents and Luis Suarez's obvious reasons, Pepe Reina is now Liverpool's most reliable contributor.

    Now a veteran of Anfield, Reina has proven himself to be among the best in the world between the sticks.  

Manchester City: David Silva

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    The most consistent, most technically-gifted and without doubt the best player in the Premier League is David Silva.

    The Spaniard has been simply magnificent since joining City, but it says a lot about Spain's depth of quality that Silva is by no means a staple of his international side.

Manchester United: Ryan Giggs

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    He's 38 years old, but Ryan Giggs is still Sir Alex Ferguson's most reliable man.

    The midfielder has adapted his game over the years but is still one of the best players around today.

Newcastle United: Demba Ba

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    I love watching this guy.

    He's undoubtedly the signing of the season, and the fact that he arrived on a free transfer is enough to make your jaw hit the floor.

    Ba gives Newcastle a little bit of everything up front, and the Tynesiders are reaping the benefits.

Norwich: John Ruddy

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    This guy should, without question, be on the England squad.

    John Ruddy may not be a name that rolls off the tongue, but he has acclimated himself well in the Premier League.

    If you haven't seen Ruddy's game-saving stop against Liverpool earlier in the season, then I highly recommend that you do.  

Queens Park Rangers: Shaun Wright-Phillips

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    After spending so many years wasting away on Chelsea and Manchester City's benches, it should come as no surprise that Shaun Wright-Phillips is playing with as much energy as he has shown this season.

    Even with Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt's unstable personalities in the squad, Wright-Phillps has provided a spark and balance to the team.

Stoke City: Matt Etherington

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    Matt Etherington has always been a solid and reliable winger, but only in his last couple of seasons at Stoke has he shown his full potential.

    One of the few quality out-and-out left-wingers in the league, Etherington continues to impress.

Sunderland: James McClean

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    He has only been on the team for a matter of weeks, but I'm completely sold by James McClean.

    The winger has been magnificent since Martin O'Neill took over and brought him into the team.

    At just 22 years old, he will only get better.

Swansea: Leon Britton

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    Do you know who the most consistent passer in European football is? The answer is in the picture.

    Leon Britton has a better pass-completion percentage than everyone else, including Xavi, and is the lynchpin in Swansea's Barcelona-style system. 

Tottenham: Scott Parker

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    Fabio Capello is gone as England manager following John Terry's dismissal as captain. Harry Redknapp looks set to take over as manager, and his blue-collar midfielder should follow him as leader of his country.

    There is no one who you can rely on more when you most need him than Scott Parker, who was brilliant with a terrible West Ham team last year and has been even better since joining Tottenham in the summer.

    There's no one I trust more in the Premier League than Parker. 

West Brom: Chris Brunt

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    He may be lacking in pace, but Chris Brunt is solid, consistent and has one of the best left feet in the Premier League.

    Roy Hodgson will continue to rely on his leading midfielder, and Brunt won't let him down.

Wigan: Ali Al Habsi

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    Victor Moses has all the talent in the world but lacks consistency.

    Ali Al Habsi is a great keeper who happens to be playing for a terrible team.

    If Wigan fail to survive the drop this season after all the heroics Roberto Martinez has done, both he and his goalkeeper will soon find work in the top flight again.

Wolves: Steven Fletcher

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    Fletcher has been great this season, almost like a poor man's Robin van Persie.

    Wolves are just as reliant on the Scot for goals as Arsenal are on their dutch striker.

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