The latest title-winning signing from every Premier League club, including the forgotten name of Liverpool
Diego Costa may be the first Premier League champion Wolves have signed since 2014. You wouldn’t guess the last player to bring their winners’ medal to Anfield.
This bundle includes the most recent English top-flight champions signed by their respective clubs, with the year or years of their title victory in brackets.
Arsenal – Oleksandr Zinchenko (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
“These players have been inspired by the best players, the best professionals, the ruthless winners for many years,” Mikel Arteta said of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko in August. “They were watching them, and now it’s their turn to do the same and inspire the young players we have in our squad to do the same and show them what it takes to win, and the level of detail, the hunger and the dedication you have to keep winning.The two won 10 trophies at Manchester City before moving to Arsenal this summer, with Zinchenko arriving in north London 16 days after Jesus.
Aston Villa – Ashley Young (2013)
Signed by Dean Smith. Restrained by Steven Gerrard. And perhaps felt by Phil Foden after chaining the Manchester City forward for over an hour after being introduced as an injury substitute at the weekend. The 37-year-old excelled in the full-back role which he adapted over time at Manchester United, with whom he won his last Premier League title.
Bournemouth – Gary Cahill (2015, 2017)
There was never an official England retirement from Gary Cahill, just ‘a step back’ from international duty in 2018. The centre-half also made no public statement about his club’s future although he last played in January for Bournemouth before his release in the summer when they were promoted. Those 36-year-old legs didn’t need another Premier League season.
Brentford-Paul Davis (1989, 1991)
The Bees have never signed a player with a Premier League winner’s medal stuffed in their kitchen rubbish drawer, but brought in two-time Premier League champion Paul Davis from Arsenal for free in 1995. The midfielder scored just four goals in those two campaigns for the 1990 side, but a combined 49 appearances – some as captain and all as long ball provider for Alan Smith’s knockdowns – underscored his importance to the cause. He played five games for Brentford before retiring, helping them finish 15th in the Second Division.
Brighton – Danny Welbeck (2013)
While the Seagulls tend to follow more exotic trawlers to South America, as far as East Asia and as obscure as Chelsea’s reserves for their hidden gems, Graham Potter has tasked his first team with a few experienced heads in the summer of 2020. Joel Veltman brought his expertise to the party and Premier League-winning free agents Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck were given loving new homes. They both must regularly feast on stories of their trophy escapades in the North West, as well as their penchant for muscle injury.
Chelsea – Raheem Sterling (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
Well yes. The guy scored 58 goals in four Premier League title-winning seasons with Manchester City. And he will only be 28 at the end of the year. There’s years in those legs, as well as a tinted shine of just enough sloppy finishing to make him an ideal Chelsea striker.
Crystal Palace – Michy Batshuayi (2017)
Nathaniel Clyne joined a month later but made his final Premier League appearance for Liverpool in December 2018 – around a year and a half before the Reds were crowned champions. That therefore makes Michy Batshuayi the latest champion to represent the Eagles, doing so with something close to distinction by scoring seven goals in two loan spells under Roy Hodgson.
Everton – Demarai Gray (2016)
Andy Lonergan has had a Premier League winner’s medal stolen, meaning Demarai Gray is Everton’s example. As a teenager when surprise title challengers Leicester signed him from Birmingham in January 2016, Gray made 10 substitute appearances by the time the Foxes were crowned. He never really settled into King Power. Who’s laughing now? Nobody really.
Fulham–Willian (2015, 2017)
The man loves London.
Leeds–Stuart Taylor (2002)
Back when players had to make 10 league appearances to qualify for a winners’ medal, Arsene Wenger teased Stuart Taylor with the prospect of finishing the 2001/02 season empty-handed. The keeper had played nine games before the final day against Everton and even though the Gunners had finished first, Richard Wright was given the nod. Taylor was forced to wait until the 86th minute to substitute. And he conceded anyway. Then he joined David Hockaday’s Leeds in 2014. I don’t know which is worse.
Leicester – Jonny Evans (2009, 2011, 2013)
Named captain of a ship apparently sinking this summer, Jonny Evans must yearn for those simpler times at Old Trafford. This Manchester United team could defend from set pieces and make signings and everything. In three league seasons, the Northern Irish centre-half has played 17, 13 and 23 times as a substitute for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Liverpool–Alex Manninger (1998)
Love it. Every thing about it. “He brings us a lot of experience and I know that as a person he is someone who will show every day how great a professional he is and will be important for the team,” said Jurgen Klopp of Alex Manninger, who joined Liverpool the same summer. like Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. The goalkeeper made three Premier League matchday squads and sat on a League Cup bench, leaving and retiring after a year.
Manchester City-Riyad Mahrez (2016)
The only thing good enough for Pep Guardiola in his first summer as Premier League champions was someone of the same pedigree. It narrowed the field somewhat but played straight into the feet of Riyad Mahrez, who had been keen to leave Leicester for at least a year by the time they finally sanctioned his exit in 2018. Seven trophies over the next four years suggest that he made the right choice.
Manchester United-Cristiano Ronaldo (2007, 2008, 2009)
And you better believe Cristiano Ronaldo completes the quadruple this season.
Newcastle – Sol Campbell (2002, 2004)
This might be the greatest feature idea ever. It is impossible to say what comes next. Some are obvious and you can even guess them after a quick thought. Others are completely ridiculous names you wouldn’t have thought of in a million years. It’s absolutely phenomenally eclectic stuff. The man from Sol linked up with Chris Hughton at Newcastle in 2010, made eight first-team appearances including wins over Liverpool and Chelsea, then ended up being managed and ostracized by Alan Pardew.
Nottingham Forest – Neco Williams (2020)
They’ve signed so many players this summer that at least one must have won the Premier League at some point. Neco Williams played just six games for Liverpool in 2019/20 but apparently that’s enough for a medal now. Broken Britain.
Southampton – Takumi Minamino (2020)
Another on the periphery of this Liverpool 2020 class, Takumi Minamino has at least reached the old threshold of 10 appearances this season, but only those of them were starts: he was taken off at half-time from a goalless Merseyside derby then received a full hour on the final day. Six months later he was loaned out to Southampton, scoring twice in his first three games and none in his last seven.
Tottenham – Joe Hart (2012, 2014)
Guardiola is responsible for many things, but chief among them is Joe Hart’s diverse career from 2016: Torino (loan), West Ham (loan), Burnley, Tottenham, Celtic. The current starter for future European champions Ange Postecoglou made 10 appearances in his lone Spurs season, although eight of those were in the Europa League and the other two against Marine and Wycombe in the FA Cup.
West Ham-Kurt Zouma (2015, 2017)
By the way, Kurt Zouma’s full list of Premier League managers is almost entirely killer, with no filler: Jose Mourinho, Steve Holland, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Paul Lambert, Mark Hughes, Marco Silva, Frank Lampard , Thomas Tuchel and David Moyes. Legacy, that.
Wolves – Tomasz Kuszczak (2007, 2008, 2011)
The Pole in goal for Manchester United never made more than 10 appearances in a single Premier League season for the club, but a special woke southpaw snowflake dispensation handed him three winners’ medals at Old Trafford. Hope they getting Diego Costa’s work permit to get rid of such shame.