There are certain players who can do almost anything on the field. Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, one could argue, can perform almost every task expected from a well-rounded footballer.
Each of the aforementioned players, with the exception of being adept on either foot, can dribble, shoot, pass, tackle and head the ball near-perfectly. However, there are some who are masters of one trick more than anything else.
To play in the Premier League most of the key elements of play must be pretty good but some have made their name for one attribute over another.
Here we heap our praises on those who stand out for just one key feature of their play.
5. Charlie Adam (sweet strikes)
The Stoke City midfielder has put himself in line for the Goal of the Season award for his lob on Thibaut Courtois already this season, which was struck from inside his own half.
In addition to this, his most recent goal was a devastating pile driver earning Stoke a draw against Sunderland.
Adam has been known long before these two goals for his striking technique but some of his strike this season alone have been his best yet.
Here’s that strike against Chelsea…
…and his most recent goal against Sunderland.
4. Lee Cattermole (tackling)
The Sunderland man has earned quite a reputation as a tough tackler in his career. Now with the Black Cats, he has certainly become their midfield enforcer.
He is a throwback to the midfielders of old, with his shorts placed as high up his torso as humanly possible while his boots tend to be black with the only bit of extravagance coming from the white branding on the sides.
He can, at times, be a great passer of the ball too but his inconsistency is probably what rules him out from achieving a career with a bigger club.
3. Peter Crouch (heading)
Far from the Premier League’s most renowned goalscorer, however Crouch’s statistics in the Premier League yield some surprising results.
An article by metro.co.uk at the beginning of this year showed just how important a player Crouch has been for whoever he has played with.
Astonishingly the Englishman ranks above Dennis Bergkamp, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres in the number of Premier League goals he’s scored, whilst he beats both Bergkamp and Ronaldo again in terms of assists, as well as Manchester United great Paul Scholes.
Following his last goal against Hull City in February, Crouch is now just one goal away from breaking the Premier League’s most headed goals record, held by Alan Shearer.
He’s also capable of one or two spectacular goals…
2. Sebastian Larsson (free-kicks)
The Sunderland midfielder is the Premier League’s best free-kick taker still playing in the league and it’s not hard to tell why once one sees the Sweden international stand over a dead ball.
Two of Larsson’s three goals already this season have come from direct free-kicks. He is a talented footballer outside of dead ball situations too but his class around the edge of the penalty area stands out above all else.
1. Antonio Valencia (pace)
Manchester United’s right-back is the ultimate example of an attack-minded modern day full-back. Far from neglecting his defensive duties, the Ecuadorian international has only enhanced the Red Devils’ play since he joined the club in 2009.
He is an intelligent defender with great positional sense but it is his mind-blowing pace that he has become known for.
There you have it, five players that bring, amongst other things, one very unique talent to the Premier League. If there is anyone you feel deserves a mention for their defining trait, we’d love to hear from you. Just comment below with your suggestion.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
Read More About: Antonio Valencia, Charlie Adam, Chelsea, English Football, lee cattermole, Manchester United, manchester united news, peter crouch, premier league news, sebastian larsson, stoke city, sunderland