Who Is The Longest-Serving Player At Your Premier League Club?

A few players have been at their respective clubs for over a decade
14:00, 02 Aug 2023

In nine days’ time the 2023-24 Premier League season gets underway as Burnley host Manchester City to get the ball rolling. 

And while every club is looking for additions who can make a big difference over the next 10 months, what about those players who have been loyal to their side down the years? Here is the longest-serving player at each of the 20 teams in the top flight…

AFC Bournemouth - Adam Smith (Nine years, six months, five days)

Full-back Adam Smith has been on a rollercoaster journey with AFC Bournemouth these past nine years. He joined the Cherries permanently during their first promotion-winning season to the Premier League. Smith has made 180 appearances in the top flight, scoring five goals and providing 11 assists.

Arsenal - Rob Holding (Seven years, 11 days)

There has been so much change at Arsenal over the past few years and defender Rob Holding has managed to endure it all. Although not a mainstay in the Gunners’ back line, Holding remains a dependable deputy for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Aston Villa - John McGinn (Four years, 11 months, 25 days)

Tenacious Scottish midfielder John McGinn has been with Aston Villa since their promotion campaign in 2018-19 and has been a key figure in the side. He appeared to lose his way during the short reign of Steven Gerrard, despite being named club captain. But since the arrival of Unai Emery, McGinn has looked to be back to his best in midfield.

Brentford - Josh Dasilva (Four years, 11 months, 12 days)

Josh Dasilva has been a key asset for Brentford since his arrival in 2018. He has not always been the first name on the team sheet but the midfielder has put a shift in when he has featured for the Bees. At 24, he still has many more good years to give in west London.

Brighton & Hove Albion - Lewis Dunk (13 years, one month, two days)

Boyhood Brighton fan Lewis Dunk has enjoyed an incredible career with the Seagulls having been with them from League One all the way to the Premier League and he is now about to captain the club in their first European campaign in the Europa League. Despite being linked with a move to a higher level in the past, Dunk’s loyalty has been greatly rewarded.

Burnley - Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Seven years, 14 days)

Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson has proven to be an excellent asset for Burnley since they picked him up from Charlton Athletic. The wide man has contributed some key goals for the Clarets in both the Championship and the Premier League. And as shown last season, he has a clear role in Vincent Kompany’s set-up.

Chelsea - Kepa Arrizabalaga (Four years, 11 months, 25 days)

This one is hardly surprising as there has been a lot of turnover at Chelsea in the past few years. It wasn’t so long ago that Kepa Arrizabalaga seemed to be heading to the exit door at Stamford Bridge. Then all of a sudden he recovered the number-one spot from Edouard Mendy, who has since departed for Saudi Arabia.

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Crystal Palace - Joel Ward (11 years, one month, two days)

Joel Ward is kind of synonymous with Crystal Palace now, he has been there so long. The defender has seen their rise to the Premier League and competed in an FA Cup final during his lengthy stay. It will feel strange when the day comes when Ward is no longer an Eagles player.

Everton - Seamus Coleman (14 years, seven months, one day)

Seamus Coleman is an Everton legend. There’s no other way to put it. Despite the Irishman not winning any silverware with the Toffees he has been one of their brightest talents in the Premier League era and has carried them through many of their rough patches. He has given his all for the club and that is why he is adored by the fans, and currently holds the status as the top-flight’s longest-serving player at his current side.

Fulham - Tom Cairney (Eight years, one month, two days)

Tom Cairney was a key member of the Fulham team that achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2017-18 and he was by far one of the best players in the Championship. He wasn’t quite as important in the Premier League but he continues to get game time for the Cottagers, highlighting that he is still trusted to do a job at this level.

Liverpool - Joe Gomez (Eight years, one month, two days)

Injuries have largely blighted his Liverpool career but there have also been occasions when Joe Gomez has looked off the pace when called upon. Nonetheless, the England centre-back has survived this long at Anfield and his current contract doesn’t expire for another four years.

Luton Town - Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Nine years, six months, five days)

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu has been there for the entirety of Luton Town’s incredible journey from the National League to the Premier League and is the first player to complete that rise with the same club. He is adored by the Kenilworth Road faithful and if anyone has earned the opportunity to play in the top flight, he has.

Manchester City - Kevin De Bruyne (Seven years, 11 months, three days)

Kevin De Bruyne has been a focal point of Manchester City’s side since his arrival in 2015. The Belgian has established himself as one of the Premier League’s all-time greats and a City legend too. De Bruyne continues to showcase his talent at the highest level despite some people saying that age is catching up with him.

Manchester United - Luke Shaw (Nine years, one month, two days)

Left-back Luke Shaw hasn’t had the most straightforward career at Manchester United. A serious leg break in September 2015 really hindered his progression, along with the questionable management that came from Jose Mourinho. But Shaw’s resilience has seen him become a key figure for the Red Devils.

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Newcastle United - Paul Dummett (11 years, one month, two days)

One of the questions pondered every year is, is Paul Dummett still at Newcastle United? The answer is yes. Surprisingly the veteran defender, who never seemed to be a consistent regular for the Magpies, is still on the payroll. You have to give him credit for achieving this lengthy stay and now there is a slim chance of seeing him feature in the Champions League this year.

Nottingham Forest - Joe Worrall (Eight years, one month, two days)

Local hero Joe Worrall played a starring role as Nottingham Forest sealed their return to the Premier League in 2021-22 and the defender has been showcasing his abilities in the top flight. It is always good to see a boyhood supporter being the longest-serving member at a football club.

Sheffield United - Chris Basham (Nine years, one month, two days)

League One, the Championship, the Premier League, Chris Basham has lived it all with Sheffield United and his role in their rise will never be forgotten. Despite being 35, he continues to show that he has a part to play at Bramall Lane with Paul Heckingbottom utilising him in 29 Championship matches last term.

Tottenham Hotspur - Harry Kane (12 years, seven months, one day)

Tottenham Hotspur’s longest-serving player and all-time record goalscorer, Harry Kane is a god in this part of north London. While his future remains uncertain, there is no disputing his legacy in N17 after his amazing contributions over the past few years. 

West Ham United - Aaron Cresswell (Nine years, 30 days)

Left-back Aaron Cresswell has enjoyed a good career in east London with West Ham United and at the height of his nine-year stint he was one of the best full-backs in the Premier League. That wand of a left foot could inflict some damage but his overall work ethic has seen Cresswell become a fond servant at the London Stadium.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Max Kilman (Four years, 11 months, 24 days)

There has been plenty of change at Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent years. Promotion-winning heroes Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota are no longer at the club and so Max Kilman is now their longest-serving star, even though there were whispers of him joining Napoli earlier in the summer.

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