Redknapp: Top 10 Premier League imports ever - No Nistelrooy, Schmeichel or Makelele

Arsenal and Manchester United players fill the majority of the top ten, whilst Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool players also get credited.

In an attack biased list, Jamie Redknapp names his top ten Premier League imports in history with many big names missing out.

Incredibly no defenders, or goalkeepers made the list, and a staggering eight out of the ten players listed can be classed as strikers.

See the list below:

1. Thierry Henry - Arsenal

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Manchester United

3. Eric Cantona - Manchester United / Leeds United

4. Gianfranco Zola - Chelsea

5. Patrick Viera - Arsenal

6. Dennis Bergkamp - Arsenal

7. Robin Van Persie - Manchester United / Arsenal

8. Yaya Toure - Manchester City

9. Dider Drogba - Chelsea

10. Luis Suarez - Liverpool

There is no doubt every single player on the list, in their own right deserves to be credited with such high praise.

The three named current Premier League stars: Suarez, Toure and Van Persie have all earned the right to have their name carved in Premier League history after setting the standard in the more recent Premier League era.

Add their names to the historical figures such as Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Dennis Bergkamp and the list looks substantial and very well thought-out. The figures for goals and assists for the named players certainly adds weight to his claim.

Wth so many strikers making the list however - it stands to reason that a number of world-class defensive players have slipped his mind.

Manchester United in particular have had a number of high-profile overseas defenders in their Premier League era and cases could be made for both Nemanja Vidic and Jaap Stam, never mind legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel whose exclusion from the list is, in my opinion, impossible to comprehend.

Both Nemanja Vidic and Peter Schmeichel have won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, whilst Jaap Stam is a little way behind with three. In comparison to Zola and Suarez on the list, who haven't claimed a Premier League title, or at least no yet in Suarez's case, it's a little bizarre.

There is also no mention of Ruud Van Nistelrooy or Claude Makelele, who back in their day were considered game changes of the Premier League era.

The Dutchman scored 95 goals in 150 Premier League games with Manchester United, over a period of five seasons. Whereas the stats may not reflect the importance of Makelele to Chelsea's Premier League title wins. However, the legend of Makelele still lives on as without question one of the greatest defensive midfielders the Premier League has seen.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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