Sterling next: six others to play for three (or more) of Big Six and who loves them now

Sterling next: six others to play for three (or more) of Big Six and who loves them now

Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea will make him the seventh Premier League player to represent (at least)

three of the Big Six. So let’s have a look at the previous six, and see where they’ve managed to remain fondly

remembered, if at all. Inevitably, some interesting characters on this list…

Nicolas Anelka Arsenal 1997-99 Liverpool 2001-02 Manchester City 2002-05 Chelsea 2008-12

Still the only player to tick off four of the Big Six – although Sterling still has time – and a fittingly polarising and divisive figure to hold that particular accolade

 His best season in England remains the 1998/99 campaign at Arsenal in which the teenage sensation proved just what a bargain the £500,000 Arsene

enger had paid PSG for the 17-year-old two years earlier had been. But the manner of his departure to Real Madrid

a move the man himself has since admitted he regrets – still splits Arsenal fans to this day

He might not have made it on to this list, but you do wonder whether Anelka’s career would have looked different (and frankly better) had he stayed with Wenger and Arsenal for longer.

A short loan at Liverpool in 2002 wasn’t a total flop, although Liverpool did decide to sign El-Hadji Diouf rather than Anelka on a permanent deal that summer

nelka instead signed for a pre-megabucks Manchester City for what now seems an impossibly quaint club-record fee of £13m

 He was good for a City team that was nothing like the one we know now

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