Players tend to move on after spending a couple of years at a club. However, some footballers remain loyal and spend many seasons at their respective clubs. A close look at the profiles current stars in the English Premier League (EPL) shows that only six of them have spent more than eleven years at their current clubs. Who are these long serving players?
The most loyal footballer currently in the Premiership is Seamus Coleman. The right back moved to Everton on January 1, 2009. Thus, he has spent more than 14 years and 4 months at the Merseyside club. Within the period, the Irish defender has made a total of 352 EPL appearances with two goals to his credit. Unfortunately, the full back has 4-own goals against his name.
The two long-serving players in the English top flight this season are Lewis Dunk and Harry Kane both of who are Englishmen. The have spent 12 years each at Brighton and Tottenham respectively. The former, a centre-back, has played in 416 games for the Seagulls. Despite being a defender, Dunk has got 41 goal involvements (27 goals, 14 assists) for the club. Kane moved to Tottenham senior team in January, 2011. As a striker that he is, the Spur's forward has netted 211 goals in 316 Premier League matches for the club.
There are three more in this category. They are David de Gea, Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson. Each of them has spent more than 11 years at their current clubs. The only goalkeeper on the list (De Gea) moved to Manchester United in July, 2011. This season alone, the Spaniard has kept 17 clean sheets. Phil Jones, a defender, has play for the Red Devils since for 11 years. The last footballer on this list, Henderson, moved Liverpool in 2011. The England international has featured in 359 EPL matches for the Reds so far.
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