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Five famous Premier League father and sons

There’s been a number of father and son duos to have played in the Premier League and that number could be set to rise if transfer rumours are to be believed.

Bournemouth are understood to be chasing a deal to sign Justin Kluivert, the son of former Newcastle forward Patrick, while Brentford’s B side have announced the signing of David Beckham’s son, Romeo, from Inter Miami after an encouraging loan spell.

As the next generation bid to forge their own legacy in the Premier League, we’ve looked back at some of the most famous father and son combinations the division has seen.

Five famous father-son Premier League combinations.

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel

Arguably the most successful father-son duo in Premier League history, Peter and Kasper Schmeichel made 594 combined appearances in the division and kept 210 clean sheets.

Peter earned the nickname ‘The Great Dane’ during eight seasons at Manchester United, in which the Denmark goalkeeper won five league titles, three FA Cup and the Champions League.

He captained the side to that latter success as the Red Devils won a historic treble in 1998/99 and remains the only goalkeeper to win the Premier League Player of the Season award after United’s double-winning season in 1995/96.

Schmeichel senior later became the first Premier League goalkeeper to score a goal during a short spell at Aston Villa, before retiring after a single season at Manchester City – the club where son Kasper came through the ranks.

Kasper made just eight league appearances for the Citizens before dropping into the lower leagues, but bounced back with Premier League promotion at Leicester. He made 479 appearances in all competitions during a decorated career with the Foxes and formed part of the team that stunned the sporting world to win the Premier League in 2015/16.

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Kasper later lifted the first FA Cup in Leicester’s history in 2021 and was named as the club’s Player’s Player of the Season on two occasions, while he is – like his father – a three-time winner of the Danish Football Player of the Year award.

Steve and Alex Bruce

Steve Bruce has been around the Premier League for three decades, having had success in the competition during a successful playing career at Manchester United before a long career in top-flight management.

Bruce spent nine seasons at Manchester United and formed part of the team that dominated the early seasons of the Premier League, with the centre-back – often regarded as one of the best players never to win a senior England cap – a three-time title winner at Old Trafford.

The central defender scored a memorable late brace in a win over Sheffield Wednesday during the 1992/93 campaign, a season which saw the Red Devils win a first top-flight crown since 1967 and usher in a period of domestic dominance.

Bruce’s son, Alex, followed in his father’s footsteps as an uncompromising centre-back and made 48 top-flight appearances during spells working under his dad’s management at Birmingham City and Hull.

Alex spent the bulk of his career in the Championship, though did earn the unique recognition of representing both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at international level after a switch in allegiance.

Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips

Ian Wright earned iconic status at Arsenal during a prolific career with the north London club, one which saw the forward rise from non-league to become the Gunners’ record goalscorer.

Wright signed for Arsenal in a £2.5m club-record deal from Crystal Palace in 1991 and scored 185 goals in 288 goals for the club, a record total until Thierry Henry surpassed his landmark in 2005.

Wright won five major trophies with Arsenal, including the 1997/98 Premier League title as part of a domestic double under Arsene Wenger, in what was his final season with the club. The former England international later spent two seasons at West Ham and retired having scored 113 goals in 213 appearances during the Premier League era.

Wright’s adopted son, Shaun Wright-Phillips, went on to replicate his father’s achievements in winning the Premier League and representing England. The winger shone after coming through the ranks at Manchester City and was named as the club’s Young Player of the Year in four consecutive campaigns, before a £21m move to Chelsea, where he won the Premier League title in 2005/06.

Wright-Phillips made 315 Premier League appearances during spells at Manchester City (twice), Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers and was capped 36 times for England.

Wright’s second son, Bradley Wright-Phillips, also made 33 appearances in the Premier League, before finding success in MLS. The forward was a two-time MLS Golden Boot winner and is currently New York Red Bulls’ record goalscorer.

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Paul and Tom Ince

Paul Ince formed part of the Manchester United side that dominated the early Premier League alongside the aforementioned Bruce and Schmeichel, with the midfielder an all-action presence in Sir Alex Ferguson’s engine room.

Ince was a brilliant box-to-box influence as Manchester United won back-to-back league titles in 1992/93 and 1993/94, the first of which saw the England international named as the club’s Player of the Season.

Regarded as one of the best in the division, Ince was included in the PFA Team of the Year in three consecutive campaigns during the early nineties before a move to Inter Milan.

He later returned to the Premier League in a controversial move to Liverpool, before spells at Middlesbrough and Wolves brought an end to a 306-appearance career in the division.

Ince’s son, Tom, progressed through Liverpool’s academy but failed to make a league appearance for the club. The winger’s career has been spent largely in the Championship, but he made 48 top-flight appearances during brief Premier League spells at Crystal Palace, Hull and Huddersfield.

Alf-Inge and Erling Haaland

Perhaps the first son on this list to have emphatically upstaged his old man, Erling Haaland joined father Alfie’s former club Manchester City last summer and has not looked back.

Alf-Inge made 181 appearances in the Premier League during spells at Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City, with the Norwegian perhaps best remembered for two run-ins with Roy Keane, the latter of which ended in a crude challenge from the Manchester United captain on Haaland senior.

Haaland retired after persistent knee issues, but has since seen son Erling emerge as one of world football’s finest talents. After goal-laden periods at Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, Haaland signed for Manchester City last summer and has had a record-breaking campaign in English football.

The 22-year-old scored 36 league goals during his debut campaign and 52 in all competitions, the former a Premier League record and the latter total representing the highest-scoring season for an English club since 1928.

The Norwegian’s goals inspired Pep Guardiola’s side to a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, securing European success for the first time in the club’s history.

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