The Premier League has seen many great wingers. But before we can establish who the best was, we must know what makes a good winger. The skills that make a fine winger include dribbling, crossing, pace, and passing. There are other skill sets too, but these are by far the most important. They are the ones who bring instant excitement whenever they have the ball on their feet. Skilled dribblers, excellent crossers of the ball, and clinically accurate finishers – these wingers have them all. So without further ado, here’s the list of the top 5 best left wingers in the Premier League
1. Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the Senegal national team. He is the best left-winger in the Premier League on our list.
Mane made his professional debut for Metz at age 18 in January 2012, featuring the club until his transfer to Red Bull Salzburg six months later. He spent two seasons in Austria. There he won the Austrian Bundesliga as well as the Austrian Cup in both campaigns. Also, Mane was named Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2014. In September 2014, Mane moved to England with Southampton and won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award in his first season. In 2016, he moved to Liverpool for £34 million, making him the most expensive African player in history until then.
A full international since 2012, Mane has earned over 50 caps for Senegal and represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In 2017–18, Mane finished as the joint Premier League top scorer with Mohamed Salah (his Liverpool teammate) as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with ten goals. Furthermore, in February 2020, Mane was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.
2. Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a winger or a forward for the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the South Korean national team. Having made his senior international debut in 2010 at age 18, Son also became South Korea’s youngest player to reach 100 caps in 2019. He has represented his country at every level since under 17, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and reaching the semi-finals of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Son was named Asian Young Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and became the first player to win it twice. He also ranked in the AFC Champions League XI on four occasions. In 2013, Son won Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, and Top Scorer awards at Hamburg. Later he transferred to the English club Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 for £22 million. This deal made him the most expensive Asian player in history. Son is also the second-best left-winger in Premier League history and holds records for most goals scored in one match (5 goals) by any player ever in Premier League.
3. Raheem Sterling
The English footballer is a versatile player and can play in several attacking positions. He has been deployed as a striker and on both flanks for City this season, but it is on the left wing where he has been most effective. Raheem Sterling is quickly becoming one of the most promising players in Europe. Also, after Manchester City paid £ 49 million to bring him over from Liverpool, he has been on a constant upward trajectory, winning the Premier League twice and the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Born in Jamaica, Sterling moved to London at the age of five and began his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. In July 2015, following a lengthy dispute over a new contract, he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million, the highest transfer fee ever paid for an English player. Sterling represented England at the under-16, under-17, and under-21 levels before making his senior international debut in 2012. He represented England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
4. Jadon Sancho
Jadon Malik Sancho is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for the Premier League club Manchester United and also the England national team. Born in Kennington, London, Sancho joined Manchester City’s youth system at the age of 14. He made his professional debut in 2017, at age 17, and signed with Borussia Dortmund a year later. Sancho also won the DFL Supercup with Dortmund in 2019 and was in the UEFA Champions League squad of the season for 2018–19. He also received the Golden Boy award that year.
Sancho made his senior international debut for England in 2018 and represented the country at that year’s FIFA World Cup. He was also a member of their squad that won the UEFA Nations League Finals in 2019 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. In September 2018, Sancho became the youngest Englishman to play in the UEFA Champions League when he came on as a substitute during Dortmund’s 3–0 home victory over AS Monaco at the age of 17 years and 284 days.
5. Jack Grealish
Lastly, the fifth-best left-winger in the Premier League is Jack Grealish. Jack Peter Grealish (born 10 September 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa and also the England national team. Grealish made his senior debut for Aston Villa in May 2014, after progressing through the club’s youth system. He spent the 2015–16 season on loan at Notts County of League one. Later he returned to Villa the following season and became a regular in their first team.
During the 2017–18 season, he became Villa’s player of the year. After playing for Ireland at youth team levels up to Under-21, Grealish switched allegiance to England. He made his senior debut in September 2019. Finally, on 1 September 2020, Grealish moved to Premier League club Manchester City on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee (which was reported by several media outlets as worth £45 million upfront).
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