best players to play for chelsea and man city
in ,

Five of the best players to play for Man City and Chelsea

Manchester City meet Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, a huge clash between the top-four rivals at the Etihad on Saturday evening.

Following billionaire investment, the clubs have become two of the most dominant in English football, though there is little rivalry between the sides and several players have adorned the blue shirts of both clubs.

We’ve decided to look back at some of those stars, here are five of the best players to play for Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League era.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

A huge fan’s favourite at Manchester City pre-takeover, Wright-Phillips would emerge from the club’s academy ranks and establish himself as one of the most exciting young wingers in the Premier League.

Breaking through as a teenager he would be named as the club’s Young Player of the Year four seasons in succession, his performances attracting the attention of recently-rich Chelsea who signed him in a £21m deal in 2005.

His move to Stamford Bridge would stall his progress, however, and despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup he failed to establish himself as a regular first-choice for much of his Chelsea career and failed to make the matchday squad for the 2008 Champions League final.

After three seasons in West London he would return to Manchester City in a cut-price deal, scoring twice on his second debut and becoming a regular for two seasons. His third campaign back at the Etihad saw him fazed out as the club’s investment grew, departing for QPR in 2011 having made 275 appearances over two spells with the club.

Embed from Getty Images

Frank Lampard

The greatest player in Chelsea’s history?

Certainly a contender. Chelsea would sign the young midfielder from London rivals West Ham in 2001, where he would go on to become one of the best players in Premier League history.

In 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge Lampard would win 11 major honours, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League. A prolific goalscorer from midfield, Lampard would eclipse Bobby Tambling’s record to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer, leaving the club in 2014 having amassed 211 goals in all competitions.

He would move to MLS side New York City following his departure from the Premier League, only to return on loan at sister club Manchester City, a move which was criticised by sections of the Chelsea support.

His sole season in Manchester would deliver eight goals in 38 appearances, his first famously coming against former club Chelsea at the Etihad.

Lampard would return to MLS in 2015, the fourth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 177 top-flight goals.

Nicolas Anelka

The nomadic forward would enjoy spells at six different English clubs throughout his career, taking in spells at both Manchester City and Chelsea.

Anelka would arrive at City after enjoying a loan spell at Liverpool, the Merseyside club surprisingly opting not to secure the Frenchman on a permanent basis, though it would prove a decision that greatly benefitted the blue half of Manchester.

In two and a half seasons at the club, Anelka would fire 45 goals in just 103 appearances in all competitions, helping the club re-establish themselves as a top-flight side following promotion to the Premier League.

Having left for Fenerbahce he would sign for Chelsea in 2008 via a spell at Bolton, forming a strong partnership with Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge and winning a host of silverware.

Anelka’s Chelsea career would deliver an FA Cup in 2009 before a domestic double the following season, whilst the forward would also claim the Premier League’s Golden Boot after scoring 19 goals in the 2008/09 season.

Perhaps the most settled period of his career in West London, he would score 59 goals in four years with the club.

Embed from Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge

Another exciting young English player who came through the Manchester City academy, Sturridge would make just 21 league appearances for City before opting to join Chelsea following the expiry of his contract.

Despite City beginning to heavily invest, Sturridge decided a move for London would be the best for his development and would spend three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge.

In that time the forward would win a host of accolades including the Premier League, two FA Cups and the Champions League, though he would be unable to dislodge the likes of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba to become an automatic first-choice.

The England international would score 24 goals in 96 appearances for Chelsea, before joining Liverpool in a £12m deal in January 2013.

Embed from Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne

Chelsea’s decision to allow Kevin De Bruyne to leave the club must still rankle with the club’s hierarchy.

Having plucked the talented young midfielder from Belgian football, the club saw De Bruyne develop on loan in Germany before bringing him back into their squad ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Despite beginning the club’s campaign in the side under Jose Mourinho, De Bruyne soon fell out-of-favour with the Chelsea boss and after just three league appearances was once again sent on loan.

He would leave permanently for Wolfsburg, establishing himself as one of the Bundesliga’s finest players before returning to the Premier League in a club-record deal at Manchester City.

His return to England has seen him go from strength to strength, flourishing into one of the finest midfield talents in world football in Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side.

Part of the City team that earned a league record 100 points, he would also help the club to English football’s first ever domestic treble the following season.

No player has ever reached 50 Premier League assists quicker than the brilliant Belgian, and Chelsea must continue to regret their decision to allow De Bruyne to depart.

Read: Five of the best titles races in Premier League history

Read Also: Five of the best players to wear Brazil’s famous number 10 shirt