It’s an accolade like no other.
The fickle nature of Premier League fans is nothing to be proud of.
Many players who were once ridiculed and bemoaned are now remembered fondly back at their old stomping ground, some even paraded as ‘club legends.’
But what exactly constitutes a legend?
How do former flops come to be endeared by the same supporters who aged whenever they saw *that* name on the team-sheet?
I guess time really is the best healer.
It got us thinking… which Premier League stars might earn themselves legend status at their current clubs?
It might not necessarily be the best player at the club, but perhaps one who has built a certain rapport with the fans.
We’ve attempted to predict one player from each Premier League club who might end up cast in bronze one day…
Arsenal – Aaron Ramsey
There’s a massive disclaimer attached to this one.
Considering that Ramsey does sign a new deal with Arsenal, there’s no reason why this couldn’t happen.
The Welshman has been through hell and back with the Gunners, including an almost career ending injury in 2010.
The 27-year-old has come out the other side stronger and worked hard to prove his many doubters wrong.
Ramsey has popped up with two FA Cup final winning goals, a feat which alone could see him hailed as an Arsenal legend.
Bournemouth – Lewis Cook
Cook is a player with the world at his feet.
Having made the move from Leeds in 2016, the midfield maestro is still finding his feet in the Premier League.
Eddie Howe is allowing the youngster to adapt, however this season could be the one when Cook becomes a household name.
With Howe set to stay and build a dynasty with Bournemouth, the 21-year-old could become a player he forges his future teams around.
Cook has already captained the England U21 side and could well end up as the Cherries skipper in the future too.
Brighton – Lewis Dunk
Dunk has been through all the ranks at Brighton. He’s had to work for his chance.
The towering centre-back signed his first professional contract with the Seagulls in 2010 and has since become club captain.
The 26-year-old has already turned down lucrative moves away from the Amex, and looks to have his heart set on establishing Brighton as a Premier League force.
Dunk signed a new five-year-contract on the South Coast just last year. He screams of a future Brighton legend to me.
Burnley – Nick Pope
Pope’s story is an unbelievable one. From Milkman to World Cup call-up, this man has done it all.
The Burnley goalkeeper emerged from nowhere to save the day last season after Tom Heaton’s season-ending injury.
The 26-year-old has utmost of another ten years in him for the Clarets and might well establish himself as England’s No1 on the way.
If Pope resists the temptation of a move away from Turf Moor, we can easily see him becoming a legend with Burnley.
Cardiff City – Danny Ward
Cardiff were still been hunting for their first goals of the Premier League season, until Ward came along.
Having spent most of his career bouncing from club to club on loan deals, the forward looks to have found his forever home with the Bluebirds.
The 26-year-old could score the goals to keep Neil Warnock’s side in the Premier League this season and beyond.
With a lack of funds available for Cardiff to simply snap up the best strikers around, Ward could be the man they throw their hat on for many years to come.
His emergence from the footballing wilderness makes his story an even more romantic one.
Chelsea – Cesar Azpilicueta
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Azpiliecueta is the type of calming influence everyone needs in their life.
The versatile defender has become one of Chelsea’s most consistent players since his arrival from Marseille in 2012.
The 29-year-old has seen his role change in recent seasons, however his level of performance and commitment has never waived.
Affectionately referred to as ‘Dave’ by Chelsea fans, the Spaniard has already built that special rapport with the Blues supporters.
Surely he will be remembered as a legend at the Bridge.
Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha
Zaha ended months of speculation when he pledged his future to Palace last month.
The forward’s new deal will keep him at the club until at least 2023. We can see him staying beyond even then.
The 25-year-old came through the ranks at Selhurst Park and has emerged as the club’s talisman figure. They simply can’t win without him.
Zaha will without doubt become a player worthy of legend status if he finishes his career with the Eagles.
Everton – Jordan Pickford
Everton have a history of sticking with their goalkeepers for long periods – Just ask Tim Howard.
The Toffees will have no problem standing by a shot-stopper with the quality of Pickford.
The 24-year-old impressed in his debut season at Goodison Park and could well be in it for the long-run.
Pickford’s loyalty to Everton will no doubt be tested during his blossoming career.
If he can resist attention from elsewhere, the England hero might find himself a future Everton hero too.
Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic
Since joining Fulham on-loan in January, Mitrovic’s love-affair with the club began.
The Serbian joined the Cottagers permanently this summer, and taking into account his first spell, has scored more goals than anyone else in English football’s top four leagues.
The 23-year-old has proved his critics wrong and left Newcastle wishing that they had never given up on him.
Mitrovic is already Serbia’s all-time top scorer and could well become Fulham’s if he keeps up his current form.
Huddersfield – Mathias Jorgensen
Since joining Huddersfield in 2017, Jorgensen has become a stalwart figure for David Wagner’s side.
The towering centre-back was instrumental in the Terriers’ survival snatching campaign and will be a key-player if they are to stay up once again.
The Dane has already endeared himself to the fans after he offered to buy all the travelling fans a pint at one of last season’s away games.
If Jorgensen helps secure back-to-back Premier League survivals, he will be well on his way to becoming a Huddersfield legend.
Leicester – Jamie Vardy
Vardy’s scoring antics in the Foxes’ Premier League title winning campaign has booked him a place in the club’s hall of fame.
Just to ensure he banked cult hero status for life, the striker turned down Arsenal to stay with the club who gave him his big chance. Fair play.
Vardy can’t help but endear himself to Foxes supporters, even retiring from international duty to prolong his career in the east Midlands.
The rags to riches story of Vardy makes his success even more romantic for Leicester fans.
Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk
A close contest between Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk was won by the Dutchman.
The former Southampton man has plugged a major gap in Liverpool’s leaky defence.
It’s no coincidence that the arrival of the 27-year-old has resulted in the Reds launching their most serious title challenge in years.
Van Dijk is almost guaranteed to become a future captain at Anfield and soak up the fan’s adulation as a result.
Mo Salah wasn’t in contention considering his impending transfer to Real Madrid, right?
Man City – Vincent Kompany
It was simply impossible to not pick Kompany.
The Belgian has been the heartbeat of Man City since joining in 2008 and it doesn’t look like ending any time soon.
Having snapped up seven major honours with the club, Kompany is a player who will forever be regarded as a legend in Manchester (the blue side).
They should be casting him in bronze as we speak.
Man United – Marcus Rashford
The likelihood of this will depend heavily on Rashford’s patience.
The 20-year-old is in no rush to make any decisions about his future, but there will come a point where it’s a case of stick or twist.
The wonderkid’s toughest test will be dislodging Romelu Lukaku, unless Jose Mourinho or a future manager works them both into a system.
Rashford is already a firm-favourite with United fans, who would much rather see him given more opportunities than allow a potential future icon leave.
Newcastle – Martin Dubravka
There are slim-pickings to choose from in the current Newcastle crop, their supporters will even tell you that.
Dubravka has however stepped up to the mark when his side needed him most, proving to be an inspired-purchase in January.
The Slovakian goalkeeper will be a busy man again this season and will no doubt build on his growing relationship with the fans.
We can’t see him having a statue next to Alan Shearer anytime too. He could definitely get the nod for a legend’s game in the future though.
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse
A product of the famed Southampton academy, Ward-Prowse is a player with undoubted quality.
Having racked up 30 or more Premier League appearances in the last three seasons, the midfielder’s stock continues to rise.
Ward-Prowse is an obvious replacement for Steven Davis as club captain, and stands out in a side which otherwise lacks real quality.
The metronome midfielder could well become the Saints latest one club man, in a similar mould to Matt Le Tissier.
Spurs – Harry Kane
Spurs fans will let you know during every game at Wembley, or whichever stadium they happen to be at that week, that Kane is “one of their own.”
His ties to the club, partnered with his outrageous scoring record, make him an obvious candidate to be a club legend.
Gareth Bale saw his legend status fall by the wayside following his move to Real Madrid.
If Kane stays loyal to Spurs, it’s only a matter of time before he’s returning to the club with a pot-belly and receding hairline in 30 years.
Watford – Troy Deeney
Deeney is the first player who comes to mind when you think of Watford.
The bulldozer striker continues to deliver for the Hornets, despite being written off by fans and pundits alike.
Having been with the club since 2010, he’s nearing a decade of making some of football’s best defenders look like amateurs.
There’s no doubt that Deeney will end his career at Vicarage Road and be suitably rewarded by the club for his years of service.
Imagine the horror of a Deeney statue.
West Ham – Declan Rice
Joining the West Ham academy at just 14-years-old, Rice almost certainly bleeds claret and blue.
The 19-year-old is being given more-and-more first-team opportunities at the London Stadium as he picks up valuable experience.
The utility man faces a tough decision over his international future, with both England and the Republic of Ireland vying for his services.
If Rice decides his long-term club future is in east London, he could well become a player remembered fondly at West Ham.
Wolves – Conor Coady
Amongst a side jam-packed full of stellar names, Coady remains a player who continues to impress.
As the makeup of Wolves’ starting-eleven dramatically evolves, the 25-year-old will still remain an ever-present at Molineux.
Coady, a product of the Liverpool academy, captained his side to an impressive promotion-winning campaign last season.
The defender is set be an important player as Wolves hope to make their mark in the Premier League this season and beyond.
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