Arsenal and Chelsea legends inducted
Ex-Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp and legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard have become the latest additions to the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The pair, added this morning, join Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, and Eric Cantona as those so far inducted in 2021. Two further players from a 23-man shortlist will be added by 21st May 2021, meaning that a total of eight players will be inducted for this year.
The Flying Dutchman rightfully in:
Dennis Bergkamp is arguably the most skillful player to grace the Premier League. Originally a striker when signed from Inter Milan in 1995, he found himself playing slightly behind the striker at Arsenal, which allowed his supreme close control and brilliant quick thinking to shine through.
The Dutchman was highly regarded not so much for his quantity of goals and assists (181 goals and assists in 315 Premier League appearances) as he was for the quality of his strikes. Indeed, Bergkamp remains the only player in Premier League history to place first, second, and third in the Premier League goal of the month, doing so in August 1997.
‘One of the best technical players that’s ever played in the Premier League’
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 19, 2021
Bergkamp also holds the award for best goal in the first 25 years of the Premier League, as voted for by fans. His 2002 pirouette around Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas and calm finish into the bottom corner of the net is one of the best goals of all time, even if there remain questions as to whether he meant it.
Speaking to the Premier League, the Dutchman said:
“The Premier League most definitely made me a better player. From the moment I arrived in England I’ve embraced the English mentality and passion for football, it suited me and my style of play.
“Playing every game against good and tough opponents meant I improved all the time. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Scorer of the most iconic goal in Premier League history?
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 19, 2021
Frank Lampard preferred to Steven Gerrard:
It appears that the debate over whether Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard was the better player has been settled by popular vote. Although the ex-Liverpool captain was a legend in his own right, his legacy was forever compared to Lampard’s, and it is a comparison that has found staunch defenders of each side.
For the Premier League hall of fame however, there was only ever going to be one winner. Still Chelsea’s top goalscorer, Lampard achieved a clean sweep of trophies during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier League titles, as well as a Champions League title and four FA cups.
Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard has become the latest player to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame 💙
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 19, 2021
In fact, it was only this season that Bruno Fernandes broke the record set by the English Midfielder for most goals in a season from midfield, scoring his 28th goal across all competitions in Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
The addition of these two worthy entrants means that just two spots are left up for grabs for this year, due to be announced by 21st May.
What is the Premier League Hall of Fame?
The Premier League Hall of Fame “recognises and honours former players who have an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have shown significant contribution to the League since its inception in 1992”.
In order to qualify, players must have been retired by August 1, 2020. A further two players will join Henry, Cantona, Keane, Lampard, Bergkamp and Shearer in the Hall of Fame, which have been voted in by a combination of fans and the Premier League panel.
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