Just days remain of 2019, and with the close of the year also comes the close of a decade that has been packed full of iconic football moments.
Manchester City would rise as the dominant force in the English game, eclipsing their city rivals United who have toiled in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Chelsea would do as Chelsea do, chopping and changing coaches with sustained success, whilst Liverpool will finish the decade holding the title of Champions of Europe for a sixth time.
As we prepare to say goodbye to the 2010’s we’ve decided to look back at some of the best Premier League stats, with this feature a salute to those who have managed longevity at the very highest level.
Here are our ratings of the five Premier League players with the most appearances since 2010…
David de Gea – 292 appearances
One of the few players to have been a part of Manchester United‘s entire journey post-Ferguson, De Gea would begin the decade as part of a Red Devils side at the peak of English football though success has been harder to come by in recent seasons.
Signed from Atletico Madrid, De Gea would enjoy a difficult start to life in English football as he struggled to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League, though would soon adjust and begin to show his class.
The Spaniard would help the club to the Premier League title during Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2013, whilst FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League success have also come under a succession of managers over the course of the past decade.
Regarded by many as the world’s finest shot-stopper, De Gea’s performances have seen him named in the PFA Team of the Year on five occasions and as United’s Player of the Season four times, his excellence often compensating for the deficiencies of his teammates.
His elite consistency has been the one constant in a transitional phase for the Red Devils, and he remains a key figure as the club look to return to the very top of the English game.
David Silva – 297 appearances
El Mago will call time on a glittering Manchester City career at the end of the current season, having spent the past ten seasons lighting up the Etihad since his move from Valencia in 2010.
Over the past decade Silva would establish himself as one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history, playing an influential role in four title-winning teams with his blend of class, composure and flawless technique.
The diminutive Spaniard’s ability to control the tempo of his side’s play has made him the heartbeat of City’s recent successes, Silva thriving in tight spaces and being able to find perfectly weighted passes.
Over the past decade the City star has made 297 appearances in the Premier League and scored 54 goals, whilst no player in the past ten years can come close to his tally of assists (89) or chances created (768).
Regarded by some as the greatest player in the club’s history, the blue half of Manchester will be sad to see him depart next summer.
Ben Foster – 303 appearances
A consistent performer at Premier League level for the entirety of the past decade, Ben Foster has been a solid presence in goal for Birmingham, West Brom and now Watford during the 2010’s.
Still going strong at 36-years-old, Foster has perhaps improved with age and has been a favourite at each of the clubs he has represented, being named as his side’s Player of the Season on three occasions.
Two of those individual accolades came during his seven season stay at the Hawthorns, Foster making 209 Premier League appearances for West Brom before his return to former club Watford last year.
No player made more saves during the past ten years than the veteran, Foster making a decade-high 983 stops.
James Milner – 305 appearances
The evergreen Liverpool midfielder is approaching nearly two decades of Premier League football, Milner having been a model of consistency during spells at Aston Villa, Manchester City and the Reds during the past ten years.
Having been a key figure in Martin O’Neill’s exciting, young side at Villa Park, Milner would make the move to billionaire-backed City and win a host of major honours including two Premier League titles. His versatility would often see him played out of position, however, and he would opt to leave on a free transfer after five seasons at the Etihad, moving to Liverpool and being instantly installed as the club’s vice-captain.
Milner would prove to be one of the best free transfers in Premier League history since moving to Merseyside, making 200 appearances for the club in all competitions and being part of the side that would win the Champions League earlier this year.
His versatility has once again proven a vital asset to Jurgen Klopp’s side, whilst his leadership and professionalism have also shone through in a Liverpool squad who are attempting to end the club’s long wait for a league title this season.
Jordan Henderson – 306 appearances
No player has made more Premier League appearances during the past ten seasons than Liverpool’s current club captain, and it’s been quite some ride for the often unfairly criticised midfielder.
Henderson would arrive at Anfield as a promising, young midfielder from Sunderland, but would soon find himself deemed surplus to requirements following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Reds manager.
After refusing to be part of an exchange deal with Clint Dempsey to head to Fulham, Henderson would knuckle down and soon establish himself as a key figure. Such was the midfielder’s dedication and improvement that he would eventually be named as the successor to club great Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain, whilst the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as manager has helped elevate his game to a new level.
The 29-year-old’s relentless drive and energy has seen him fit perfectly into Klopp’s famed pressing style, whilst his leadership skills have also been often lauded by his colleagues on Merseyside.
Much-maligned by those outside of the club’s circles previously, Henderson is now a Champions League-winning captain and looks well placed to add the Premier League to his medal collection this season.