Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Jamie O’Hara, has insisted that former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard, is the Premier League’s greatest-ever midfielder and not Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
O’Hara said this while disagreeing with former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy’s suggestion that the Belgium international is the best-ever Premier League midfielder.
De Bruyne has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola’s men for the past six seasons.
The 31-year-old has registered 58 goals and 92 assists in 217 Premier League appearances, lifting the English top-flight league four times in his career.
During a discussion on talkSPORT, Cundy suggested that De Bruyne is the best-ever Premier League midfielder.
However, O’Hara disagreed with Cundy and expressed his views on the matter.
He added that the likes of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Roy Keane, and Patrick Vieira are all ahead of De Bruyne.
O’Hara responded, “Ridiculous. There have been so many amazing players. You’re just thinking [that] because you’re seeing him now. You’re not looking back on the great midfielders that have been in the Premier League. For me, Gerrard was on another planet to any other player that I walked on a football pitch with.”
He added: “Steven Gerrard, he was unbelievable, he was a machine. I walked off the pitch when I played against him and was like, ‘Oh my word, I’ve come up against a player that I couldn’t get near in any single form of the game.’ Heading, crossing, passing, strength, decision-making, awareness, pace, ability – he had everything. He carried the club [Liverpool] on his back for how many years?”
“De Bruyne is an amazing player and he will go down as one of the greats – but not the greatest. The greatest midfielder the Premier League has ever seen is Steven Gerrard. Without a shadow of a doubt. And [Paul] Scholes, [Frank] Lampard, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, they’re all above De Bruyne. You can’t say De Bruyne is the greatest when you’ve got those five midfielders ahead of him!”