A list of the Top 50 ‘Most Beautiful’ to have graced the Premier League has been compiled and seven Newcastle players have been included.
The use of the word ‘Beautiful’ is used as a description of their talents rather than looks.
The list has been compiled by The Mail and this is their rationale for the list is:
‘These are the players who lit up grounds around the country, whose skill, comfort in possession and penchant for the spectacular won them the hearts of fans and minutes on Match of the Day.
They’re the players you buy a ticket to see. The defenders who play like they’ve got all the time in the world. The midfielders who spot a pass nobody else can see. The strikers who create a goal out of absolutely nothing.’
The seven Newcastle players to have been chosen all have their claims.
However, ignoring Peter Beardsley, considering just how brilliant he was and the fact that he helped Newcastle finish 3rd, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, scoring and creating marvellous goals and showcasing his unbelievable talent.
Amongst those who were included in this list, unlike Beardsley, were Tomas Rosicky (No.25), Harry Kewell (27), Rafael van der Vaart (35) and John Stones (40)…
Also typical that with somebody like Ginola they pick out his time at Spurs, rather than the fact that he almost helped inspire Newcastle to win the Premier League, only failing by a whisker!
14 David Ginola (Newcastle 1995-97, Tottenham 1997-2000, Aston Villa 2000-02, Everton 2002)
A hit with male and female supporters during his time in the Premier League, Ginola brought French flair and a flowing locks to the left flanks of four top-flight clubs during a largely successful seven years in England.
Fancy footwork and a capacity to wriggle his way beyond defenders made Ginola easy on the eye, while his competence with both feet meant he was unpredictable to both opponents and those watching on from the stands.
Magic moment: It arrived in the FA Cup and Barnsley were the opponents, but Ginola’s slaloming run and calm finish in the 1999 quarter-finals was a wonderful display of skill and balance. No wonder he whipped his shirt off to celebrate.
23 Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle 2010-15, Hull 2014-15 loan)
If Ben Arfa’s attitude and application had been as good as he was with the ball at his feet, Newcastle may well have had one of Europe’s best young players on their hands.
He still showed plenty of glimpses of his talent on Tyneside, mesmerising defenders with flicks and tricks and scoring some truly special goals, but he could have done so much more.
Magic moment: Ben Arfa scored one of the most memorable solo goals in Premier League history when he picked up the ball against Bolton in April 2012, flicked it past one opponent, burst past another and weaved his way straight through the visitors’ defence before finishing.
34 Philippe Albert (Newcastle 1994-99)
A cultured defender who loved marauding forward, Albert became an extremely popular figure on Tyneside during his five-year spell with Newcastle, much of which was spent under Kevin Keegan.
The big Belgian was an excellent defender, but it was his ease in possession and tendency to bring the ball out from the back rather than hoof it long which made him stand out from the crowd.
Magic moment: Newcastle were cruising to victory against Manchester United in October 1996 when Albert pushed the ball out of his feet and proceeded to beat Peter Schmeichel with the most delicate of chips and cap a 5-0 rout. An iconic moment in Premier League history.
39 Chris Waddle (Sheffield Wednesday 1992-96)…(Played for Newcastle pre-Premier League)
Waddle’s very best years might have been behind him by the time the Premier League was formed in 1992, but the wily winger still showed glimpses of the talent which once made him the world’s third most expensive player.
The former sausage-factory worker particularly impressed during his debut season for Sheffield Wednesday, using his trickery and quick thinking to beat opponents, and his sweet left foot to win the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award.
Magic moment: Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-0 win against West Ham in the 1993-94 season is known as ‘The Waddle Game’ among Owls supporters after the ex-England man ripped the Hammers apart with arguably his best performance for the club.
44 Laurent Robert (Newcastle 2001-06, Portsmouth 2005-06 loan)
Ineffective one day and unplayable the next, Robert still became a firm favourite at St James’ Park due to his dynamic play down Newcastle’s left side and wand of a left foot.
A specialist free-kick taker and a fine volleyer of the ball, the Frenchman may feel he didn’t quite make the most of natural talent after enduring a nomadic last few years of his career.
Magic moment: Robert scored plenty of wonderful goals for the Magpies but his overhead backheel – if you can call it that – against Fulham in January 2004 tops the lot. A must watch on YouTube.
45 Faustino Asprilla (Newcastle 1996-98)
With his languid style, acrobatic goal celebrations and silky skills, Asprilla was a bit of an enigma during his short-lived two-year spell in Newcastle’s famous black-and-white stripes.
The colourful Colombian wasn’t a prolific goalscorer on Tyneside but he was a delight to watch most of the time, keeping supporters entertained with his unpredictability on the pitch and frustrating his mangers with his antics off it.
Magic moment: It may have come in the Champions League, but we can’t ignore Tino’s first-half hat-trick against Barcelona in a memorable 3-2 victory in September 1997. There won’t be many players who manage that again.
48 Mark Viduka (Leeds 2000-04, Middlesbrough 2004-07, Newcastle 2007-09)
‘He’s got good feet for a big man’ might be an overused cliche but it’s certainly one which fits 6ft 2in Viduka, scorer of 92 Premier League goals for three different clubs over a nine-year spell.
The powerful Aussie could dominate in the air, although it was his ability to twist and turn away from defenders – often with some eye-catching skill thrown in – to create space and score which marks him out as one of the best imports from Down Under.
Magic moment: The third of his four goals in a stunning 4-3 comeback win for Leeds against Liverpool in November 2000. Viduka left Patrik Berger on his backside with clever turn before firing low into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick and make it 3-3. Two minutes later he bagged the winner.
***Peter Beardsley was also missing from an official top 10 NUFC Premier League goals that we featured earlier today.