Matt Le Tissier


One of his generation's most technically gifted and exciting midfielders, Matt Le Tissier was rewarded with a massive...eight England caps. To put that in context, that's one less than Geoff Thomas, one of the same generation's rather less exciting midfielders, managed.

But if Le Tissier was never appreciated by various England managers, he was worshipped by Southampton fans – for his goals, his brilliance and, most of all, for his loyalty. He was courted by any number of big-name Premiership clubs, but Le Tiss remained at Southampton throughout his career.

If he loved his native Guernsey so much he never wanted to leave it, he loved scoring spectacular goals almost as much. His 40-yard dipping half volley over Blackburn keeper Tim Flowers, done with his trademark studied casualness, was the 1994/95 goal of the season, the high point of a purple patch during which he scored any number of wonder goals en route to keeping Southampton in the top flight season after season.

He was also a master penalty taker, converting 47 of 48 career spot kicks. Nottingham Forest keeper Mark Crossley, himself an excellent penalty stopper, was the only man to thwart Le Tissier from 12 yards.

540 games. 209 goals. The first midfielder to hit a century of goals in the Premiership. Eight England caps. What were we thinking?

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Matt Le Tissier