The Premier League has seen many dynasties come and go. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all had sustained periods in the sun, but which players have been most successful in the limelight?
Typically when we think of such teams, the manager in question is first up for praise. Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ team is one example, Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26 years at Manchester United another.
However, as measured by individual player win ratios, it’s very clear which manager’s reign comes out on top.
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— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) December 15, 2016
As put together by Bleacher Report UK, Arjen Robben has the highest win percentage in the Premier League era having won a scarcely believable 82.10 per cent of games he’s played in.
As you read through the list of players, the success of José Mourinho’s initial spell at Chelsea becomes apparent very quickly. While it’s fair to point out that he couldn’t manage such control over as sustained a period as Wenger or Ferguson, it’s still hard to argue with the statistics.
Of the ten players listed, six are former Chelsea luminaries, two plied their trade at Manchester United, Edu played at Arsenal and the one remaining player, Javi Garcia, togged out for Manchester City from 2012 to 2014 and appeared just 53 times for them.
Robben’s stunning success is probably only achievable given the relatively short stint he spent in the Premier League. Having joined Chelsea in 2004, by the time he left three seasons later Robben managed to miss 47 games through injury. Had he played over two hundred games like other names on the list, his percentage would be slightly lower.
For that reason special mention is surely due to Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Didier Drogba, who played 211, 273 and 254 games respectively. They all of course benefited from being part of extremely successful sides under highly competent managers but such records remain a stunning achievement regardless.
Indeed, one may argue that in today’s Premier League era of constant upsets and stunning unpredictable turns in form, such feats are becoming rarer. Step forward N’Golo Kanté. Having steered Chelsea to victory on Wednesday night against Sunderland, he sneaks in at number ten ahead of Drogba. Having played just 53 Premier League games, Kanté has won 36 of them, giving him a win percentage of 67.92%.
It would appear that this is a league table that, much like the Premier League, is not inclined to stay the same for very long.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena
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