Winning at all in the Premier League is far from easy – as Newcastle United have recently found out – making winning on a consistent basis an even more impressive feat, with some players having become accustomed to getting all three points in their top-flight careers.
We’ve opted to take a look at the five players with the highest win percentage in the Premier League era, although only players who have made over a century of appearances are included on our elite list.
Paulo Ferreira – 72%
An unsung hero of Jose Mourinho’s dominant Chelsea side of the early 2000’s, Paulo Ferreira reunited with his fellow countryman at Stamford Bridge having previously worked under the enigmatic coach at Porto, winning the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons in Portugal.
The right-back featured heavily during his first few seasons as the Blues romped to back-to-back Premier League titles, although lost his place following Mourinho’s exit from the club, eventually enduring a lengthy injury lay-off that inhibited his involvement over the following years.
He would regain his place in the side for a time following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as manager in 2009, as the west London side went on to clinch the double that season, although again the change in manager reduced his playing time, as Branislav Ivanovic became increasingly more vital.
Ferreira announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season, having played a bit-part role as the club won major European honours in his final few years at the club.
Ilkay Gundogan – 74%
While Liverpool have put a notable fight in both 2019 and more successfully in 2020, the last four or five years have largely been a story of Manchester City dominance, with the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2016 taking both the club – and the standard of the division – to new heights.
One man who has been integral to the club’s success more recently is Ilkay Gundogan, the German almost emerging from the shadows to become a real driving force over the past few seasons, particularly during their title charge last term.
The former Borussia Dortmund man had always been an effective, albeit unspectacular, performer in his early years at the Etihad, although last season saw him really emphasize his quality as he finished as the club’s top scorer in the league with 13 goals.
The 31-year-old – who often captains the side in the absence of Fernandinho – is now almost a guaranteed starter in the centre of midfield for the champions, with the player offering both a cutting edge in attack but also some vital extra defensive cover.
Gabriel Jesus – 76%
Another member of Guardiola’s dominant side of recent years, Gabriel Jesus has remarkably won 109 of his 144 Premier League games for the club since joining from Palmeiras in 2017.
While not prolific, the three-time Premier League winner has chipped in with his fair share of goals over the past four years or so, netting 52 league goals to date and 87 in all competitions despite often featuring on either flank.
Initially tipped to be the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero, the Brazil international has seemingly demonstrated he is better suited in a right-wing berth, the role still allowing him to affect the game in the final third but also utilises his impressive work ethic.
This season has already begun brightly for the 24-year-old, as he has netted twice and claimed six assists, notably teeing up Bernardo Silva for his stunning volley in the recent win at Villa Park.
Ederson – 76%
While City’s forward stars have taken much of the credit for the success enjoyed at the Etihad under Guardiola, the bedrock of their dominance has been the unerringly calm presence of first-choice stopper Ederson, the Brazilian having been remarkably consistent since joining from Benfica in 2017.
In just 159 Premier League appearances, the 28-year-old has already amassed 78 clean sheets, having won the Golden Glove award in each of the last two seasons, while he’s already recorded seven shutouts so far this term.
Not only capable of keeping the ball out of the net, he has also seemingly revolutionised modern goalkeeping with his unique brilliance on the ball, the immensely talented stopper having the ability to spray out passes from the back much like a midfield quarterback.
Still with plenty of years ahead of him, Ederson has already amassed three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cup’s, while he was also integral to the club’s surge to the Champions League final last season.
Bernardo Silva – 77%
Completing a quartet of City stars is Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese playmaker currently the player with the best win percentage in Premier League history, having won 112 of his 145 matches since his arrival at the Etihad in 2017.
A former Ligue 1 champion at Monaco, the 27-year-old has developed into one of the most impressive performers in the English top-flight in recent years and on current form would arguably walk into any side in the world such has been his impact this season.
After enduring a frustrating campaign last term, the former Benfica man has been at his brilliant best thus far this year and is currently on course to record his best league tally in a City shirt, having already matched his 2018/19 haul of seven league goals, following his brace against Watford at the weekend.
That clinical double also ensured that Silva has now netted five goals away from home this season, those vital strikes coming against Leicester, Manchester United, Aston Villa and now the Hornets, with only Mohamed Salah netting more on the road this term (9).
With Kevin De Bruyne struggling for fitness, Silva has assumed the mantle of the club’s talisman and chief creator, while also earning plaudits for his tireless work off the ball, as City chase a fourth title in the space of just five seasons.