Best 5 English Premier League players to grace the A-League

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The English Premier League is one of the most popular and highly contested football leagues in the world, and there have been many players who have also joined the A-League.

The five players in this list are the best former EPL players to have ever played in the land down under.

5. Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor is an experienced defender who represented Newcastle United for 13 years, making 268 appearances in that time. Taylor was a first choice centre back for The Magpies during this time and he stayed loyal to the club despite interest from Everton, and also Chelsea as a replacement for John Terry.

Taylor joined A-League side Wellington Phoenix in 2018 on a one-year deal with a club option for a second. He renewed this contract and was appointed as captain of the Wellington team, succeeding Andrew Durante. In late 2020 Taylor agreed with the club to terminate his contract but has since returned to the club for the remainder of the A-League season.

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4. Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey is the third striker in this list, and he was an unstoppable force in the Premier League with 516 appearances in England with clubs like Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa.

After winning the League Cup with Leicester City in 1997 and 2000, Heskey signed with Liverpool for a club record £11 million and won multiple honours at Merseyside including the FA Cup in 2001.

The England international signed with the Newcastle Jets as the marquee player for their 2012/13 A-League season. Heskey scored nine goals in 23 appearances earning him a nomination for the Jets’ Player of the Year award. After scoring only once the following season, Heskey left the Jets to pursue a move to an English club.

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3. Dwight Yorke

Dwight Yorke was another talented forward who played in the Premier League with sides like Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

Yorke scored 123 goals in the Premier League, which was a record for a non-European footballer until it was broken by Sergio Agüero in 2017. Yorke was a key player in Manchester United’s unique treble winning season of 1998/99 in which they won the Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.

Yorke signed for Sydney FC as their marquee player for the 2005/06 A-League season and scored his first goal for his new club in his very first game against Melbourne Victory. Yorke finished his A-League career with seven goals and an inaugural grand final victory against Central Coast Mariners.

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2. William Gallas

Gallas was one of the greatest defenders of his generation making over 300 appearances in the Premier League with three different clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Gallas had an extremely successful career, winning Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 with Chelsea. In 2007 he was named Arsenal captain but left the club after his contract expired in the 2009/10 season to sign with rivals Tottenham.

Towards the end of his career Gallas signed a one-year deal with Perth Glory for the 2013/14 A-League season. He made 15 appearances for the club and scored his first and only goal for the side in a 1-1 draw against Wellington Phoenix.

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1. Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler was known as a natural scorer, with an instinctive goal-scoring ability, and is best remembered for his stint at Liverpool in the EPL.

The striker scored 183 goals for the club and is currently the eighth-highest goal scorer in the history of the Premier League with 163 goals. He earned the nickname “God” from the Anfield crowd and has become a club legend due to his finishing and unusual goal celebrations.

Fowler signed with the North Queensland Fury for the 2009/10 A-League season as their inaugural marquee player. He was subsequently named the club’s first ever captain and scored nine goals in the season. Before in the 2010/11 A-League season he signed for Perth Glory and ended the season as the club’s top scorer.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.

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