Leon Osman should have set a new record by the end of the festive period overtaking David Unsworth in the process.
Leon Osman has been a superb servant to Everton Football Club, having spent his whole career at the club aside from two short loan spells at Carlisle United and Derby County.
The England international reached a career milestone in Everton's 4-1 victory over Fulham last weekend. That match marked his 300th appearance for the club in the Premier League. He is now just three games shy of breaking David Unsworth's record for most Premier League games for Everton.
A spectacular achievement for a big club enjoying one of their greatest spells in his career. Often an unheralded player, he deservedly won two international caps under Roy Hodgson last season. He will be hoping they are not his last, but right now he is playing an important part in The Toffees' battle for a top four finish. Osman has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet for Everton and has made 362 appearances for them in all competitions.
It shows how consistently good Osman has been throughout his career to pick up that many appearances for a club of Everton's stature. The Toffees have often been battling for a European place in that time, coupled with the odd relegation battle but even still Osman has been there throughout always commanding a place in the starting eleven.
Central midfield partners have come and gone in that time, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Phil Neville, Marouane Fellaini, but Osman has remained and adapted to whoever has been brought in. He is now an important part of Roberto Martinez's side and will be someone for James McCarthy and Ross Barkley to look up to.
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