Mark Noble has given his opinion on arguably English football’s most revisited debate, picking Steven Gerrard ahead of Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes as the best of the iconic midfield trio.
The former England internationals are regarded amongst the finest players of the Premier League era, each crucial to the modern successes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United respectively.
Each possessed their own elite qualities and many a former player has deliberated over which of the three was the superior player, and whilst conceding each were ‘top, top players in their own right’, Noble believes former Liverpool captain Gerrard was the best of the bunch.
The Hammers’ captain named Gerrard as the best player he has played against throughout his career, hailing the midfielder as the ‘complete footballer.’
“Trust me when I say you only realise how good a player is when you play against them,” Noble said in a Q&A session on West Ham’s Twitter account.
“All three were top, top players in their own right but all-round player, Stevie G was the complete footballer.”
Remembering just how phenomenal Gareth Bale was during the 2012/13 Premier League season
See also – Five of the best individual seasons in Premier League history