English football’s top division is often regarded as the most demanding league in world football, the Premier League’s mix of high-quality action and physicality ensuring only the elite thrive. Performing consistently amid the division’s rigours is challenging for any player, but there are several stars to have enjoyed incredible periods of unbroken appearances. Here are the five outfield Premier League players to have played the most consecutive 90 minutes:
Total Games: 76 games
When playing at full back Carragher was sometimes labelled as a "limited defender" as he compared unfavourably with attacking full-backs due to his lack of pace or notable technical skills.
Total Games: 82 games
Ian Wright simply loved goals. He wasn’t fussy. He’d score them all: headers, tap-ins, chips, outrageous volleys. As long as the ball hit the net, he didn’t mind. That single mindedness briefly made him the highest goalscorer in Arsenal’s history. The fact it took a talent as remarkable as Thierry Henry to displace Wright tells you everything you need to know about this predatory poacher.
Total Games: 84 games
Without the 27-year-old's fabulous range of passing Wolves would not be able to function as impressively in possession as they do. Key to their well-drilled approach is making the pitch feel as wide as possible for opponents. To do this their wing-backs occupy positions on the touchline as a matter of course. When playing out from the back the aim is to release those wing-backs as early as possible in order to launch attacks.
Total Games: 99 games
Baines' assist totals are so high due to the nature of his passing. The generally accepted view of him as a stereotypically 'modern' full-back obsessed with getting forward and crossing early towards the box is false. In reality, Baines is a master passer with elite-level vision for spotting gaps and team-mates in central areas.
Total Games: 112 games
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