Top 10 Premier League Spaniards
Nearly 90 Spanish players have appeared in the Premier League since it began in 1992, and these are the 10 that have stood out in particular:
Signed along with Alonso by Rafael Benitez in 2004, Luis Garcia had a habit of scoring very important goals for Liverpool, and spectacular goals, particularly in the cup competitions, along with being a very exciting player to watch.
Arguably one of the best passers the Premier League has ever seen, Alonso was part of the Liverpool side that won the Champions League in 2005, and the FA Cup a year later. After making over 200 appearances and gaining notoriety for scoring from very long range, he left for Real Madrid in 2009.
In six and-a-half years with Everton, Arteta displayed his excellent dead ball skills on a regular basis, helping them become a side capable of challenging for a Champions League place. His consistency earned him a 2011 move to Arsenal.
In only just over a year in the Premier League, Cazorla has become an integral part of the Arsenal set-up. His creativity was crucial to achieving fourth place last season and ensuring Champions League football for another season.
Fabregas became a quality player during his eight years with Arsenal, helping them to win the FA Cup in 2005, and to reach the Champions League final in 2006. He eventually became the Gunners’ captain, and had the ability to win games single-handedly.
After joining Chelsea in 2011, Mata has made an incredible impact upon the Premier League. He has helped the Blues win the FA Cup, the Champions League, and the Europa League. He has also been the club’s Player of the Year for each of his two campaigns at Stamford Bridge.
Another player who adapted to the Premier League almost immediately, Michu was signed by Swansea City for a bargain £2m, and two goals on his debut was a sign of things to come. His brilliant form has now earned him a first call-up to the Spanish national team.
Undoubtedly the best Spanish goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, Reina was responsible for keeping a vast number of clean sheets with his consistency, while his penalty saves won the FA Cup in 2006 for Liverpool.
Silva provided Manchester City with the creative spark they needed to win their first title in 44 years. There have been few better passers than him in the history of the Premier League, and he remains arguably City’s most important player.
Despite receiving criticism for his performances since joining Chelsea in January 2011, Torres’ excellent form for Liverpool cannot be forgotten. He has helped the Blues to win the two major European trophies, and overall his Premier League tally stands at 80 goals.
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