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Best players of decade for each Premier League club

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 1: (L-R) Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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It has been an incredible decade in the Premier League with plenty of stars on show from 2010-20.

But which players have been the best from the last decade for each current PL team?

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Yes, this will cause controversy. Yes, you won’t agree with these 20 selections.

There is no right answer here because certain players may not have been the best technical player to play for a certain team over the last decade but they may have been the most important to their success.

Anyway, here it goes.


Arsenal v Burnley - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez - Yes, it didn’t end well for him at Arsenal. But for four seasons he led them to the FA Cup, top four finishes and scored superb goals along the way. His hunger to win drove Arsene Wenger’s teams on and along with Jack Wilshere (when he was fit) and Aaron Ramsey, he was one of the few world-class quality players the Gunners possessed.


Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa applauds fans at full-time after the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on October 19, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Aston Villa: Jack Grealish - A local lad who arrived from the academy with his low socks and slick Peaky Blinders-esque haircut, Grealish is Villa through and through and Villa’s hopes of staying in the Premier League this season revolve around the English playmaker. He stayed with them when they went down and brought them back up as skipper and his mercurial talents mean the big clubs are circling.


Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Steve Cook of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Swansea City at Vitality Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

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Bournemouth: Steve Cook - It is amazing to think he is just 29 years old. Cook has been with Bournemouth throughout their promotion from League One to the Premier League and is now at the heart of their defense. Some great players have been key to Bournemouth’s success but Cook has held it all together.


Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United - Premier League

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion slides in to tackle Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Lewis Dunk - Another local lad who has com through the ranks to be a star, Dunk is a towering, powerful center back who was with Brighton when they were at the Withdean and has been influential in their promotion and consolidation in the Premier League. He’s also played for England. His decade has been a Slam... Dunk.


Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Ben Mee of Burnley (2L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on January 17, 2015 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Burnley: Ben Mee - A mainstay in Burnley’s defense after joining from Man City in 2011, initially on loan, Mee has been essential to their promotion campaigns and keeping them in the Premier League. A no-nonsense defender, Burnley can totally trust Mee. The unsung hero in a club of unsung heroes.


Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates as Pedro of Chelsea scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Chelsea: Eden Hazard - My favorite player of the decade in the Premier League because he could change the game on his own. Hazard led Chelsea to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League and when he was at his best he was unstoppable. Ask players around the PL who was the best player they came up against and the vast majority will say Hazard.


Hull City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at KCOM Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha - The academy product was a star in the Championship, left for Manchester United, came back and ripped it up. Zaha is loved by Palace’s fans and is probably the best player outside of the top six in the Premier League. His pace and power is just too much to handle for most teams. And even though he wants to leave for a team challenging for trophies, Zaha will go down as a Palace legend.


Leighton Baines

Baines gave Everton perfect balance, as Martinez’s side impressed once again.

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Everton: Leighton Baines - Okay, so it was a flip of a coin between Baines and Seamus Coleman, but I’m going for Baines. His quality from set piece situations was incredible and he was just wonderfully reliable. Everton’s two full backs will be etched into Toffees history but Baines’ extra quality in the final third gives him the nod.


Leicester City v Everton - Premier League

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City kisses the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Leicester City: Jamie Vardy - Okay, with N’Golo Kante, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Riyad Mahrez around, this wasn’t that easy but Vardy should get the nod. He scored the goals to lead Leicester to an incredible Premier League title win as his pace and clinical finishing capped off his unreal rise from non-league to the Premier League, and his resurgence over the past 12 months has been amazing. Vardy isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but when he’s at his best, nobody can stop him.


Liverpool FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with Virgil van Dijk after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk - This could be a controversial pick given the fact that he’s only played for Liverpool for two years, but there’s no doubt that no other player has been as important to the team as VVD. Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah have been attacking stars for the Reds over the last decade but Van Dijk’s arrival helped lead Liverpool to the Champions League and improved their entire defense which had been their Achilles heel under Jurgen Klopp. Van Dijk is a Rolls Royce and probably the most complete defender the Premier League has ever seen.


Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Premier League Trophy after winning the title during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Manchester City: Vincent Kompany - A proper Man City legend, Kompany was the captain for all four of Man City’s Premier League title wins over the last decade. Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva have all been key parts of City’s glittering decade but Kompany was the glue who held it all together. Injuries hit him hard in the second half of the decade but he was no doubt one of the greatest center backs in the history of the game. His goal to clinch the 2018-19 title was the perfect way to go out.


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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves on a shot by Tottenham’s Harry Kane, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Manchester United: David de Gea - He routinely won United’s Player of the Season over the last decade and without him Red Devils fans shudder to think where they would be. He has had a few big errors over the last 12 months but DDG has been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League over the last decade. Amid all of United’s struggles to get back to the top, De Gea has been their one true star.


West Ham United v Newcastle United - Premier League

Cabaye will be the main man for Palace.

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Newcastle United: Yohan Cabaye - Had the quality on the ball to rip teams apart and led the Magpies to a fifth-place finish under Alan Pardew. Papiss Cisse, Chieck Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and Demba Ba all had exceptional stints at Newcastle, but Cabaye had the extra class required to sew it together. The way he left for PSG wasn’t ideal but when all is said and done the former Lille midfielder was a game-changer at St James’ Park.


Norwich City v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship Playoff Semi-Final

Norwich City v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship Playoff Semi-Final

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Norwich City: Wes Hoolahan - A yo-yo decade for the Canaries who went all the way down to League One and worked their way back to the Premier League via back-to-back promotions. Republic of Ireland midfielder Hoolahan was their main attacking threat throughout the promotion years and he was capable of the sublime.


Sheffield United v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates victory after the Skybet Championship match between Sheffield United and Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane on April 27, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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Sheffield United: Billy Sharp - A local lad who has spent three spells at his beloved Blades and most recently signed for them in 2015 in League One, he scored the goals to take them back to the Premier League. Sharp has spent his entire career scoring boatloads of goals in the lower leagues and his dream was to play for Sheffield United in the Premier League. He’s achieved that, even though he hasn’t played a big role in their incredible season back in the top-flight. Sharp, 33, will forever be a Sheffield United legend.


West Bromwich Albion v Southampton - Premier League

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Rickie Lambert of Southampton celebrates scoring the winning goal from a penalty with team matesduring the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Southampton: Rickie Lambert - Another star forward who led his team from League One to the Premier League. Lambert signed for Saints from Bristol Rovers for $1.3 million in 2010, just after they had come out of administration, and then led them to back-to-back promotions as they returned to the PL. He then established himself as one of the top strikers in the league, got a call-up to the England team, play at the 2014 World Cup and eventually sealed his dream move to hometown club Liverpool. Known as “Sir Rickie” at St Mary’s, there will be a statue of him at the club one day as he led them back to the top-flight and did it was pure style befitting of the legendary No. 7 shirt he wore. He did Matt Le Tissier proud. Sadio Mane, Morgan Schneiderlin, Van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte and others were stars for Saints in the last decade but Lambert was the reason they were even in the PL in the first place.


Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Olympiacos FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 26, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane - Has any other player in the Premier League burst onto the scene more than Kane in 2010? The London lad has come through Spurs’ academy to become a global star and is a goalscoring machine. In 2013-14 he was struggling to break through after several loan spells and now Kane is one of the best center forwards in the world. Kane scores every type of goal imaginable for club and country and is the captain of England and Tottenham’s talisman. The only thing left for him to tick off is winning a trophy. Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen have all been mainstays but without Kane’s goals, Spurs would not have turned into genuine title contenders and regulars in the Champions League.


Watford v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during The Emirates FA Cup semi final match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on April 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Watford: Troy Deeney - Mr. Watford, Deeney led them to promotion to the PL in 2015 and they’ve been there ever since. Deeney’s goals (126 in 380 games in all competitions) and bulldozing displays have kept Watford in the top-flight and they’ve reached FA Cup semifinals and finals as they continue to punch above their weight. Deeney is Watford’s captain and sets the tone for the entire club.


West Ham United v Sunderland - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Dimitri Payet of West Ham United and Lamine Kone of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Olympic Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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West Ham United: Dmitri Payet - Yes, West Ham fans will not like to admit this, but Payet was otherworldly at Upton Park and the London Stadium. The way he left for Marseille wasn’t great, at all, and the current owners have pretty much removed him from their history. But his amazing goals, free kicks and general outrageousness turned him into a club legend. Payet was box office as Slaven Bilic’s side qualified for Europe.


Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City - Premier League

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his sides third goal with team mates, scored by Matt Doherty during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux on December 27, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers: Conor Coady - A mainstay in central defense for Wolves, Coady has led the charge since Fosun bought the club and Nuno Espirito Santo took over. A produce of Liverpool’s academy, he is a true professional who sets the standards day in, day out. Coady joined Wolves when they were struggling in the Championship and they are now in the Europa League knockout rounds and are challenging for the top four four after taking the PL by storm over the last two seasons. All of the recent impressive signings in attack and midfield have been important, so too has Matt Doherty who has been with Wolves since their days in the third tier, but Coady is the heart of Wolves and has been since 2015.

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