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10 of The Best French Footballers in Premier League History

Considering the list of top French players in Premier League history, there are French names who football fans in England absolutely love. France has delivered many top stars to the English Premier League throughout the years. The history of the Premier League is complex and extensive, with some of the most outstanding French soccer players ever appearing in this competition since its beginning in the early 1990s. We also included current players. You may also let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

10. Hugo Lloris

Under Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham Hotspur kicked off the 2021-22 Premier League campaign in fine fashion, bagging three successive wins. The next three matchdays have poured all their initial efforts down the drain, highlighting all their vulnerabilities and leaving them with three consecutive defeats. Amid the doom and gloom, it is their ever-reliable goalkeeper who has offered some respite. France international Hugo Lloris has been with Tottenham Hotspur since the summer of 2012. He has not won a Premier League title yet, but that is not for lack of trying. The 2018 World Cup winner has conceded ten goals and kept three clean sheets in more than six Premier League matches this season. And while the numbers are far from impressive, it was Lloris’ heroics that allowed Tottenham to string up three consecutive wins.

9. David Ginola.

Whilst he dazzled on the screen, he also wowed fans on the pitch whenever he got the ball. Ginola was one of the most underrated playmakers of his generation able to effortlessly pick out passes from anywhere on the pitch. He was a set-piece specialist too with both his corners and free-kicks generating substantial whip creating havoc in the box. Ginola’s form earned him many plaudits including 2x Premier League Player of the Month Awards, the 1999 PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award and a spot in the 1996 FIFA XI. With no less than 5 different clubs drooling at Ginola’s skillset, you could say he really was worth it no matter where he played

8. Patrice Evra.

Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra was a dominating force for the club during his nine seasons at the club. He went on to become a trusted asset for Sir Alex Ferguson. Evra was extremely quick, agile and good in the air. He was tactically intelligent both in defense and attack. Evra went on to win five EPL titles and made 278 appearances.

7. Eric Cantona.

Eric Cantona was a catalyst for Manchester United's Premier League dominance in the 90s. He went on to define his play by scoring many crucial goals. Cantona had all the major attributes of a forward that made him world class. Cantona made 156 Premier League appearances, scoring 70 goals and making 56 assists. He won four EPL titles with United.

6. Marcel Desailly

No team can win trophies without having a top defender marshalling their backline. For Chelsea, that role fell to Marcel Desailly to command as he helped Chelsea transform into league champions. Desailly’s aerial ability and physicality made him a handful for strikers to get past and he was never one to back out of perfectly timed tackles leaving his opponents often worse for wear. This made him one of the top defenders anywhere in world football and help tutor the likes of John Terry as they rose to prominence at the club.

5. Nicolas Anelka

Very few players have travelled to as many clubs as what Nicolas Anelka did. Never keen to stay too long in one destination, Anelka played for no less than 6 different English clubs. Whilst many may not remember his spells with Liverpool or West Brom, Anelka was a leading talisman for Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea on his day. His pace and finishing ability was exquisite allowing him to finish chances with ease from anywhere within the area. Anelka’s best return was during the 2008/09 season with Chelsea where he scored 19 goals in 38 appearances winning the Golden Boot that season.

4. Claude Makelele

Real Madrid’s mistake in the mid-2000s when the Galacticos should have been at their peak can probably be traced to selling Claude Makelele and failing to replace him. Chelsea reaped the benefits of their purchase in 2003 and he was the fulcrum of back-to-back title wins. As a defensive midfield shield, Makelele wasn’t a goalscorer, but he did take a penalty towards the end of the 2004/05 season. The kick was saved, although he converted the rebound.

3 - Thierry Henry

Right up there in the debate of the greatest Premier League player of all time, Thierry Henry is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer after netting 228 goals for the Gunners. He also holds the record for most Premier League Golden Boots wins with four all outright as well. Henry was thought of as more of a winger when he first arrived in England, transformed into a striker by Arsene Wenger, and initially struggled to find the net. That quickly changed.

2. Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira is remembered as one of the Premier League’s all-time great foreign imports. He won two domestic doubles with Arsenal and captained the ‘Invincibles’ to their unbeaten season in 2003/04, while his personal rivalry with Roy Keane is the stuff of legend. Vieira arrived at Arsenal in 1996. But although he wasn’t actually signed by Arsene Wenger, who joined the club a few months later, it is known that Wenger's imminent arrival did play a role.

1. N’Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is arguably the best French footballer in the Premier League right now. The 2018 World Cup winner is an asset to both France's national football team and Chelsea, meaning neither are at their best without him. The 30-year-old central midfielder first broke cover at Leicester City. He was one of the pivotal forces behind the Foxes’ 2015-16 successful Premier League campaign, which prompted Chelsea to go after the French midfielder. He was an instant hit at Chelsea and helped them to the Premier League title in the 2016-17 season. Since signing for the Blues, he has won 2020-21 Champions League, 2018-19 Europa League, the 2018 FA Cup and 2021-22 UEFA Super Cup. In the Premier League this season, he has scored once.

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