Ranking of the 19 men of the Premier League Van from worst to best

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DVDB will become the 20th Premier League player with the prefix ‘van’ in his last name. So obviously we rounded up and categorized the old starters and only used their initials and clubs to make it fun.

19) JVD (Southampton and the Wolves)
“He’s a tough character and a good player,” said the president Rupert Lowe’s assessment a 20-year-old 6-foot-4 with Champions League experience, signing with Southampton from Ajax for £ 2.5million. As it turned out it was Jelle, in fact, who wasn’t ready, losing three and withdrawing three of his six Premier League games as the Saints finished 20th. He joined Werder Bremen on loan instead of clearing them into the Championship, later returning to England’s top flight with Wolves. At least six other matches brought a win, a goal and a 17th place. Better but still not great.

18) MVG (Chelsea et Stoke)
He remains under contract with Chelsea, signing a one-year contract extension in June after playing for the club four times in seven years. Stoke gave him a little better luck on one of his 427 loans, but even then he quickly lost his place to Ibrahim Afellay and was sent back to Stamford Bridge on the similarly unhappy record arrival of Giannelli Imbula’s club.

17) RVW (Norwich)
Norwich was so confident in his ability to establish himself in the Premier League that Chris Hughton easily dismissed Sporting Lisbon’s claims that their club-record signing of £ 8.5million had a relegation clause inserted into his contract . The deal for the Dutch forward was announced as early as March, allowing expectations and excitement to grow in the new season. A first goal on the opening day of the campaign was a bit of a false dawn, as 24 games without disrupting the scoresheet, as well as that fall in the league, followed.

16) AVDM (Everton)
It was a week after being knocked out of the Champions League by a combination of Villarreal and Pierluigi Collina that Everton may have secured his most exciting signing of a summer that has seen Simon Davies, Per Kroldrup, Phil Neville and Matteo Ferrari go through the door. While David Moyes may have been hoping his new winger would see the rest of his career at Goodison Park, circumstances surrounding his retirement at 29 and after 24 games in four years were regrettable.

15) PVDH (Tottenham)
The Belgian-born Welshman almost entirely missed the Premier League boat, arriving in England with Birmingham in 1978 before thriving at Everton from 1984 and moving to Tottenham in 1989, where he would win the 1991 FA Cup and play. 18 matches in the first flight of the top flight. breakaway season. He featured in a 6-0 loss to Sheffield United, a 6-2 loss to Liverpool and a 3-1 win over Arsenal. It’s funny.

14) DVB (Manchester City)
The only Van man in Premier League history not to reach double the appearances in the competition, his five games on loan for Manchester City in 2004 resulted in defeats to Liverpool, Chelsea and Leeds, a goalless draw with Birmingham and only one victory: 4-1 against Manchester United. But Kevin Keegan was in love with the “formidable” center-half, ruling out a permanent move because “I feel he will go to a big club”. Hamburg came to call this summer.

13) RVLP (Huddersfield)
His three Premier League goals have all ended in victories, which is no small feat considering that Huddersfield has won 12 games in two seasons, the second of which was loaned to the winger midway through. He dribbled a lot. Like, an unnecessary amount. And while that was never really his natural level, he did quite well.

12) MVDH (Swansea)
A free agent coming out of Swansea this summer, the 27-year-old defender is sure to find a respectable home in due course. He moved to South Wales from Ajax at the wrong time, joining not the attractive football-focused progressive and forward-thinking club but the muddled broth spoiled by Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Paul Clement and Carlos Carvahal . Swansea have conceded 52 goals in their 31 starts, which is roughly the equivalent of 2019/20 Watford in a full season.

11) UVG (Southampton)
In just 27 Premier League appearances, he has played his part in some of the competition’s most enduring moments. From 26 October to 23 November of the 1996/97 season, the Southampton defender featured in a 6-3 win over Manchester United, a 7-1 loss to Everton and a 2-0 loss to Leeds, making history as one of only 11 top-flight teammates Cousin de George Weah.

10) PVH (Nottingham Forest)
Two seasons, two 20th finishes and a career in the Premier League are remembered more about quarrels than success. The striker scored a goal in seven games for Nottingham Forest after joining Celtic in March 1997, simultaneously fired Dave Bassett from second tier while want to go, went on to do an equally miserable job of keeping Forest in the top flight after reluctantly putting his toys back in the pram and making his first appearance of the 1998/99 campaign in November. Things turned so bad that his strike to secure a 2-2 draw with Derby that month saw his teammates celebrating not with the goalscorer but with the man who provided the cross to Scot Gemmill.

9) RVDL (Derby)
The current Newcastle (Town) boss secured his place in Derby hearts alongside Steve Bloomer and the 2007/08 season by scoring the goal that confirmed promotion to the Premier League in April 1996. The former captain of the club featured somewhat less consistently thereafter but were still a valued member of a team that finished 12th and ninth before leaving for Barnsley in 1998. His two top strikes won victories: against Tottenham in March 1997 and Aston Villa the following month.

8) PVA (Chelsea, Wigan, Sunderland, Crystal Palace)
The glue that has united many left wings is still going strong at Selhurst Park and could be forever good for a handful of goals every campaign while maintaining a solid reputation as a solid attacking full-back. The scorer of the first last-minute away winner at Old Trafford in the Premier League recently showed his aptitude for head-to-head defense by completely canceling out dangerous right-winger Katie Hopkins.

7) GVB (Arsenal)
Sol Campbell was truly a shining island in a sea of ​​mediocrity when it came to Arsenal’s 2001 summer transfer window. Francis Jeffers, Richard Wright, Junichi Inamoto, Stathis Tavlaridis and the inimitable Juan went from a costly mistake to two career appearances in North London, but their £ 8.5million purchase from Rangers could have been most disappointing of the lot. He left two years later with a double on his CV, but Emmanuel Petit’s replacement as Patrick Vieira’s midfielder partner quickly became Ashley Cole’s assistant left-back. The injuries have taken their toll.

6) RVDG (Manchester United)
Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to “a model of professionalism” when his eternal reinforcement glove finally decided that 61 games in six years were not stimulating enough. The Dutchman might not see his five games as so crucial to Manchester United’s treble season, but he played 24 times in the next two campaigns to win a pair of Premier League winner’s medals. The coach appreciated his skill and patience so much that he offered him a 13-minute replacement cameo for the last game of the 2001/02 season, his previous league appearance in the last game of the previous campaign.

5) RVDV (Tottenham)
Some players never reach double the numbers so scoring ten or more goals in your two full Premier League seasons is a solid effort. Possibly the biggest Harry Redknapp contract of all, coming on deadline day after the Dutchman’s price fell following the collapse of a £ 16million transfer to Bayern Munich, Harry Maguire’s best companion has really been so wonderful for a few exciting years at Tottenham.

4) EVDS (Fulham et Manchester United)
One of the greatest goalkeepers of all time underwent a smooth transition from European champion to remarkable blow for the promoted Fulham, then the replacement of Peter Schmeichel, Sir Alex Ferguson had dreamed for more than half a decade. Four titles, a Champions League and the fact that he went almost 22 hours without conceding a goal in the Premier League between November 8, 2008 and March 4 of the following year define him as a true legend. Only Pepe Reina (45.79%) and Petr Cech (45.6%) have a better high-flying clean-sheet percentage than his 42.17%.

3) RVP (Arsenal et Manchester United)
His decision to finally “listen to the little boy inside of me” ensured that a formidable comeback of 144 goals in 280 games was finally rewarded with that title medal he so deserved. Alan Shearer is the only other player to consecutively win Premier League Golden Boots with various clubs, with no one since the Dutchman has won the league as a top scorer. Until June, one of the great modern strikers also claimed the last hat-trick in Manchester United history.

2) VVD (Southampton et Liverpool)
The guy who set up a 0-0 draw with West Brom and a 3-2 loss to Manchester United as partner of Jose Fonte in his first two Premier League appearances has come a long way. Mind you, he lost his league debut for Liverpool to Swansea and drew with Tottenham in the next game, so maybe he’s just a little slow. The middle half faced 29 different teams in England’s top flight and failed to beat a single one: Mike Phelan’s Hull City.

1) RVN (Manchester United)
No player has scored more goals in the Champions League without ever winning the trophy. Few can match its success by winning the Golden Shoe in three different European divisions. Only Sergio Aguero (six) and eternal enemy Thierry Henry (five) has scored at least 20 goals in several seasons, a feat made more ludicrous by the fact that he only stayed at Manchester United for five and was injured for more than half of one. ‘between them. Let him no longer be considered a Premier League legend.

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