Which of the Current Crop might be one-club-menBy: Rob | October 27th, 2009
Its become a big cliché, that’ll we’ll never see the likes of Ryan Giggs or Paolo Maldini again – players that spend their entire career at just one club. The reasons for this any plenty – and mainly economical.
But as Spain flows with whispers that a certain Steven Gerrard is being admired by Galacticos 2.0, it made me think about it. Mainly because I don’t really see it happening. I suppose if Liverpool failed to make the Champions League (this season more possible than any in recent memory), he might be tempted, but since that flirting with Chelsea four years ago, he seems to have become more and more Mr Liverpool.
He certainly seems like one of the most likely contenders of the current crop to spend his entire career at one club. Who else is there?
Certainly his Scouse comrade Jamie Carragher seems even less likely to leave. I couldn’t imagine him anyplace else.
Liverpool’s rivals Man United have of course bred a few, along with Ryan Giggs, there is Gary Neville, and Wes Brown. Paul Scholes as well, though he has said in the past he would like to finish his career at boyhood heroes Oldham.
Ledley King has been at Spurs his entire career, and its hard to see someone else buying him with his injury issues, as good as he is.
Those are the ones that have already been at clubs for a good few years each. Its hard to guess which of the youngsters playing might stick with their clubs all through their career.
It’ll be interesting to see if any of the young guns bred at Arsenal have the commitment to stay at the club for their entire career. Ditto Man City, whose Youth Teams are outstanding.
I suppose the reasons for sticking to one club are less and less. You would have to picked up at a young age by a club you really loved, and presumably if you wanted to reach the top of your game, it would have to be a top club. Even if you wanted to, you probably couldn’t spend your entire career at a lower league club, because if you were worth the money, they’d likely want to sell you.
Over to you, then. Is there any players playing in the Prem now, that you can’t imagine will ever want to leave?