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    Welsh players in the EPL

    Are Welsh Players Still Making an Impact in the Premier League?

    The Premier League was introduced in 1992 and has become the most dominant league in the world. Some of the greatest players of the game have and still appear on teams in the Premier League. Each year superstars come into the league and premier league odds are often based on the summer transfer targets which arrive to boost a squad.

    Players from all over the world look have dreams of becoming a Premier League player. From Colombia’s Faustino Asprilla, Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, South Korea’s Son Heung-Min as well as English players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

    Welsh footballers have been a vital part of the Premier League and some of the greatest Welsh players have all played Premier League football. Having Cardiff City and Swansea City play in the English leagues which has helped with young Welsh players developing in academies, preparing for first team football.

    Some of the best Welsh players to play in the Premier League include:

    Gareth Bale

    Quite possibly the greatest Welsh footballer ever to play the game. Gareth Bale made his Premier League debut for Southampton at 16 years of age against Millwall. He then went on to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007 for £5 million plus conditions before being sold to Real Madrid for a reported £77 million.

    While in the Premier League he showed his quality from left back before moving further up the pitch. His pace and ability on the ball was immediately noticeable, especially highlighted in Tottenham’s win over Inter Milan in 2011 Champions League where he scored a hattrick.

    Bale has gone on to become Wales highest ever goal scorer with 41 goals in 111 games and since retiring from football after leading Wales in the Qatar 2022 World Cup he will be looked upon as a legend of the game.

    Mark Hughes

    When Manchester United was in one of their most dominant periods in the Premier League, Mark Hughes was one of the key parts to their success.

    The Welsh striker and leader was known for his incredible competitive nature which caused fear in defenses across the league. He started his career in 1980 with Manchester United and was a Premier League player for the side till he left in 1995 for Chelsea. He later played for Southampton, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers before ending his playing career in 2002 having scored 164 goals across 606 games.

    Neville Southall

    One of the best goalkeepers in Welsh history. Southall was one of the best goalkeepers of his generation and won the FWA Footballer of the Year award in 1985. He joined Everton in 1981 from Bury and went on to play for the Toffees for six-years in the Premier League before leaving in 1998.

    He played 578 times for Everton, and 710 as a club professional while also earning 92 caps for Wales though unfortunately didn’t get to compete in any major tournaments.

    Aaron Ramsey

    The central midfielder has been part of the Welsh national team which performed at the European Championships and World Cup, something which many previous Welsh players have not had the chance to experience.

    He was a key part of Arsenals midfield, making 262 appearances for the Gunners after being signed from Cardiff City in 2008.

    While these players lit up the league before they left, there are some great Welsh players still plying their trade in the Premier League.

    Ben Davies

    The Tottenham Hotspur left back has been a mainstay in the Premier League for a while since making his debut in the Premier League for Swansea City in the 2012/13 before joining Spurs in 2014.

    He has been utilized as a left-center back at times as well while being a strong and steady defender for a side consistently competing for a top-four place and in European competitions.

    Neco Williams

    A current and future star in the Premier League and for the national side. Having come through the ranks at Liverpool where he received his senior debut in a 2019 game in the EFL Cup against Arsenal.

    He went on to make 13 appearances for the team before moving to Nottingham Forrest in 2022. Williams also appeared at the Qatar 2022 World Cup and will be a key figure on the right side of the defense going forward.

    Brennan Johnson

    The flying winger is also part of the Nottingham Forrest team which was incredibly active in the transfer window when being promoted last season from the Championship. At just 21-years-old he has become a key part of the first team after coming through at the academy.

    Having been eligible to represent England, Wales or Jamaica, he chose Wales and has since earnt 18 caps and scored two goals for his country and is someone the fans can be very excited about going forward.

    [ Main photo embedded from FAW Cymru ]

    Posted: Friday 10th February 2023
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