Five of the best Spaniards to play in the Premier League

Having won one World Cup, three European championships and teams from Spain having won a collective 18 Champions League titles, its safe to say that players from the Iberian peninsula are pretty bloody talented.

It hasn’t been until the last 15 years or so that Spanish players have started to come to the Premier League though, but now they have, they don’t appear to be stopping, and we are mighty glad at that.

In honour of our Spanish friends, we look at five of the best Spaniards to ever grace the English Premier League.

Santi Cazorla

He may be remembered as being injury prone, but when fit, there is no doubt that Santi Cazorla was one of the finest Spaniards to grace these shores. Having won two European championships with Spain in 2008 and 2012, he arrived in England for a very reasonable fee of just £10 million.

In his 129 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, he scored 25 goals and supplied an impressive 35 assists. While he arrived at the Emirates as an attacking wide midfielder, he really showed his qualities in a more deep lying central midfield role, where he was able to dictate play.

However, his creative talents were hampered by a series of serious injuries to his ankle, and he finally left Arsenal in the summer of 2018.

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Cesc Fabregas

Coming through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, Cesc Fabregas moved to England as a 16-year-old to continue his development back in 2003, before making his EPL debut in 2004. He made 33 league appearances in the 2004/5 campaign, and following the departure of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira at the end of that season, would be given the honour of taking the French midfielders number 4 shirt, before being made club captain in 2008.

He would eventually leave the Emirates to make a heroes return to Barcelona in 2011, before returning to the Premier League in 2014 to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

Since returning to England he has gone on to win two Premier League titles with the Blues, and has continued his reputation of being somewhat of an assist master, creating well over 100 league goals for his team-mates.

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Fernando Torres

Without a doubt, on his day, one of the most deadly strikers in Premier League history. Fernando ‘El Nino’ Torres moved to Liverpool back in 2007, and became an instant hit upon his arrival at Anfield.

Scoring 24 goals in his debut campaign, his deadly pace and equally lethal eye for goal propelled him to become one of the most sought after strikers in European football. His deadly goalscoring form saw him become the quickest striker to score 50 league goals for the Reds.

He had a slow start to the 2010/11 season, and despite only scoring 9 goals in 26 appearances for Liverpool that season, big spending Chelsea splashed out a then British Transfer Record of £50 million for the prolific striker.

He struggled to replicate his early Premier League form at Stamford Bridge however, and after a series of loan spells, he completed a permanent move away from the club in 2016, returning to boyhood club Atletico Madrid.

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David Silva

A truly wonderful playmaker who has helped to propel Manchester City to the club that we see today, with his magical creativity earning him the nickname of ‘Merlin’ among the Man City Faithful.

Moving from Valencia in 2010, David Josue Jimenez Silva is a modern day City legend, winning three Premier League titles, three league cups and one FA Cup.

Not only is he a wonderfully creative player, but he has shown his versatility too, being able to play wide left, wide right or through the middle, and under Pep Guardiola has demonstrated his ability to conduct play from a deeper midfield position too.

With an eye for goal and ability to pick an eye of the needle pass, let alone his influence on the Manchester City side, he has to go down as one of the all time greats.

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David de Gea

Not just one of the best Spaniards to play in the Premier League, but probably one of the greatest goalkeepers the EPL has ever seen.

Signed for £17m, the youngster from Atletico Madrid was given the unenviable task of replacing Edwin van der Sar between Manchester United’s goal posts.

It was a less convincing start for the teenage ‘keeper, who was often targeting by opposing teams, who would fire in plenty of aerial balls into the United box to send fear into the hearts of the Old Trafford Faithful as de Gea would regularly flap at crosses.

However, his high profile errors were replaced with world class saves, and he has arguably overtaken Manuel Neuer as the world’s best goalkeeper at the moment, with still plenty of years ahead of him.

While he gets linked with a seemingly annual transfer to Real Madrid, his ability between the goals during his time at Manchester United cement his place as one of the greatest Spaniards to play in the Premier League.

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