Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira?: Who's the Greatest Midfielder in EPL History?

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IMay 19, 2008

The Premier League continues to be called and praised as the "best league in the world." One thing it does guarantee is amazingly creative players, so which player can call himself the greatest midfielder in Premiership history?

Since its inception in 1992, the EPL has seen some sensational and competitive midfielders. To win the league, you needed a silky, skilful playmaker who will drive the team on and provide inspiration.

So who is the greatest midfielder in EPL history? Here's my top 10...

10) David Ginola

The Frenchman was hounded out of his country by the press and into the welcoming arms of Newcastle. A key part of the "Entertainers," capped off by his wonder goal in the 5-0 thumping of Man Utd.

Moved on to Villa and Spurs, putting in more quality displays from time to time.

9) Frank Lampard

The Chelsea powerhouse has matured in the past six years, driving the Londoners to various honours with creative goalscoring displays. Key part of Jose Mourinho's title wins, and earned ultimate respect when he scored that penalty against Liverpool.

8) Cristiano Ronaldo

If he manages another year like 2007-08, he'll rocket to No. 1. His goal total in all competitions (41) was beaten by no other player, while his array of tricks and that incident with Rooney make him a hate figure among rival fans. However, his talent is unquestionable.

7) Steven Gerrard

Has won every major trophy with Liverpool, bar the Premiership. The fact remains, take Gerrard out of the team and they struggle badly. Scores vital goals at the right time. His goal against West Ham was probably the greatest ever goal scored in the FA Cup final.


6) Steve McManaman

Like his big mate Fowler, his best days were robbed by injury, but when he was on form he was unstoppable. Scored vital goals and his assist rate was off the chart. Won an FA Cup in his time at Anfield, before a transfer to Real Madrid.

One of Liverpool's greatest ever players.

5) Paul Scholes

He gets one year older yet one year wiser, Scholes improves year after year, his return from an eye injury was the main reason United took the title in 2006/07. Will play in the Champions League final after being cruelly denied in 1999 by suspension, after that Barcelona goal, no body deserves it more.

4) David Beckham

Despite spending half his time on fashion or movie sets, the half he spent on EPL pitches was scintillating. He could stick the ball on a stamp and he also had the small matter of that free kick.

Won everything at Old Trafford but as his influence waned, Ferguson cashed in on the England star.

3) Ryan Giggs

Although he has performed miracles in the EPL, the ex-Wales international will be remembered for his strike against Arsenal in the FA Cup. Claimed an unprecedented 10th Premier League title this year, and fittingly scored the winner against Wigan to seal it.

2) Patrick Vieira

The Frenchman was the symbol of Arsenal's wrestling of the title form Old Trafford. He wore the captains armband and led the "Invincibles" on that 49-game unbeaten run. One of the greatest EPL midfielders, beaten by his old rival...

1) Roy Keane

Alex Ferguson called the Corkman his best ever player, and no Man Utd fan could argue. He was the heart and soul of the treble side, despite missing the final of the Champions League. A player who went into each match with no thought of losing, he didn't fail, and that's why he's the best midfielder in the EPL's history.

Who do you think was wrongly omited from this list? Give us your opinion.


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