The English Premier League has diverse nationalities in the field throughout its seasons. Argentines, Spaniards, Africans, Italians and many other people have written and continue to write their stories in the English Premier League. Over the years, England’s top flight has been graced by some truly exceptional Spanish players in positions all over the pitch.
In view of this, we have listed 5 players from the land of ‘Bull-fighting’ who marked their names in English football.
David De Gea
Even though he’s only 29, Manchester United’s shot-stopper is one of the league’s greatest Spaniards. After his move to Atletico Madrid, where he was revealed, De Gea moved to the Red Devils at the request of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 to replace the idol of the club, Edwin van der Sar. In February 2019, against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the Spaniard scripted his name in the history of the Premier League. De Gea became the 15th goalkeeper to reach the mark of 100 matches without conceding a goal. For the club of Manchester, he conquered English Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield and Europa League.
Xabi, who is of Basque origin, started his professional career at Real Sociedad and was loaned for a year in the 2000-01 season to Eibar. Upon returning from the loan, the midfield-driver was an absolute starter for three seasons, eventually leading his team to the 2002-03 La Liga runner-ups. After being featured in Spain, Alonso was hired by Liverpool in 2004, at the time by Spanish manager Rafa Benitez. His success began to boom in English territory, winning the Champions League soon in his debut season in the famous ‘Miracle of Istanbul‘ In the same year, Xabi also raised the UEFA Super Cup. The midfielder won the FA Cup and Community Shield with the Merseyside club.
Mata took his first steps in professional football at Real Madrid B in 2006, where he stayed for a year until moving to Valencia. The midfielder played four seasons in the new club and in August 2011 was bought by Chelsea for 23.5 million pounds. From 2011 to 2014 in the Blues, the Spaniard was a high-octane player in several games, being elected player of the year in the club in 2013. However, in the 2013/14 season, he lost his place in the team with Jose Mourinho at the helm and preferred to transfer to Manchester United, a club where, curiously, the Portuguese coach ended up going later and finding Mata. In the London-based club, the midfielder won a Champions League, a Europa League, and FA Cup. Hired for 37.1 million pounds, Mata came to United and had many important appearances, winning the hearts of several fans fast. For the Red Devils, the charismatic Spanish got the taste of FA Cup and Europa League with other trophies.
Fernando ‘El Nino’ Torres made his professional debut for Atletico Madrid at the age of 17 in 2001. However, the striker was slow to succeed, having a real highlight in his third season in the top team. After six seasons in the Spanish club and some titles, he was recruited by Liverpool for 36 million euros, the most expensive contract in the history of English club at that particular time. Torres arrived in England and marked his name in the history of the English Premier League. In his first season for the Reds, the striker was the top scorer of the team with 24 goals, being the second foreign player with most goals scored in his Premier League season, beating Ruud van Nistelrooy. But in 2011, after 142 games and 81 goals scored, 65 of them in the Premier League, he had problems with the club’s board and requested a transfer.
After the attacker’s request, he was sold to Chelsea for 58 million euros, making it the biggest transfer in the history of the United Kingdom and the sixth largest in all football history. At the new club, Torres failed to achieve an overwhelming start but managed to help the team with outstanding performances in patches. On April 24, 2012, he made one of his most striking goals. He filled the bottom of the net with a goal that helped Chelsea to qualify, with a 2-2 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League semi-final. That season, the striker won the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
The left-footed David Silva arrived in Valencia at the age of 13, making his professional debut at 18 in 2004. However, being a young player, he was loaned for two seasons. He went through Eibar and Celta de Vigo, being a hit with both teams. After this period of shooting in Spain, the midfielder finally received opportunities from Valencia in the 2006-07 season and ended up being one of the stars of the team, with great performances and achievements. It was in 2010, the Spanish ace was hired by City for 28.7 million euros. David’s success was so great that he quickly turned the fan base, winning three straight prizes as the best player for the months of October, November and December of Manchester City in 2010. In nearly 10 years with City, in addition to the title quoted above, Silva has won three EPL titles, one FA Cup and four English League Cups.