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Ian Ladyman has revealed his top five Premier League players of all time Mail Sport‘s podcast It’s All Kicking Off – with John Terry coming in first place.
Virgil van Dijk’s mistake in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat by Arsenal appears to have sparked a fierce debate over the number of defensive players to be selected, with Manchester United supporters battling Nemanja Vidic and cornerback Rio Ferdinand.
Both giants cut Ladyman, even in other parts of the club, as did one Manchester City Premier League winner and a true Chelsea legend.
Speaking on the latest edition of the podcast, Ladyman gave his choices out loud, from the first five and working to the winner.
‘I will go Vincent KomaNemanja Vidic, Virgil van Dijk, Rio Ferdinand and No. 1, John Terry,’ Ladyman told Chris Sutton. ‘They are my five.’
Ian Ladyman has revealed that John Terry is his best Premier League center of all time
Manchester United duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand also make up Ladyman’s top five
The Ladyman controversy was sparked by Virgil van Dijk’s foul during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat by Arsenal.
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When asked why Terry was placed at the top, Ladyman replied: ‘Because, what do I want from the center? I want to be trusted. I need leadership.
‘And, as a third, I also want someone who can pass the ball straight.
‘He couldn’t pass the ball and Rio Ferdinand, but I would need someone to protect my life. In the last five minutes of the cup final, I want John Terry there.
‘ Because he worked hard and happily. He did it, he had a long life, and he was successful. He was successful.
‘I didn’t look exactly at the trophies he has, but he’s won, right? We know he had bad times, we won’t remind him of Moscow and punishment and everything, even now I have. But I can only imagine a reliable reason, then.’
Interestingly, Van Dijk would have been big on Ladyman’s standards two seasons ago.
“Based on the skills I would have had, two seasons ago, I would put Van Dijk No 1,” he added. ‘But I think when you make these decisions, you have to look at longevity.
Van Dijk would have topped the Ladyman list two seasons ago after an incredible campaign
Vincent Kompany, who has won the Premier League title with Manchester City, is also being considered
Chris Sutton has criticized the inclusion of Tony Adams due to his memorable spell with Arsenal
‘That season that Van Dijk had when Liverpool won the Champions League, the stats that nobody played football through the whole season, that season was probably the best defensive team I’ve ever seen in the Premier League.
But because of the injury he suffered during the match at Everton [anterior cruciate ligament damage]his levels don’t reach that level.’
Sutton, meanwhile, announced that he would have included Arsenal boss Tony Adams.
“Well, it’s not my list, it’s not my concern, but I wish I had Tony Adams in there, somewhere from the beginning,” Sutton said.