21 Premier League players the streets will never forget

Newcastle United v Aston Villa - Premier League

‘The streets will never forget’.

You may have seen this meme doing the rounds on social media - especially on Twitter - but if it makes no sense to you, allow us to explain.

Basically, you remember a player who bossed it for a brief period of time before falling off the radar. You then post some photos or a skills montage and caption it with: ’The streets will never forget’.

This has inspired us to create a list of Premier League ballers who will never be forgotten by us on the streets.

So, without further ado, let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Hatem Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa was an outrageous footballer who could have reached the very top had his attitude been a little better at times.

Newcastle United fans were treated to some breathtaking performances from the Frenchman, who scored some Lionel Messi-esque worldies during his time at St James' Park.

The streets still salute you, Hatem.

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse

We couldn’t include one without the other. The streets will always remember Ba and Cisse as a deadly duo.

They scored 29 goals between them during the 2011-12 Premier League season, when everything they touched turned to gold.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa - Premier League

Andrey Arshavin

For those four goals at Anfield alone, the streets will never forget you, Andrey.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Premier League

Morten Gamst Pedersen

A scorer of great goals - including some top free-kicks - the left-footed Norwegian winger lit up the Premier League for several years with Blackburn Rovers in the mid-2000s.


The streets shed a tear when they remember just how good Michu was when he arrived at Swansea City from Rayo Vallecano in July 2012.

The Spanish striker, who cost just £2 million, ended his first season in England with 18 goals in 35 Premier League games.


Adel Taarabt

In terms of pure skill, Taarabt is right up there among the best players of the Premier League era.

The Moroccan attacking winger produced some unbelievable moments of individual brilliance during his spell with Queens Park Rangers.

Clint Dempsey

Arguably the best American player to play in the Premier League, Dempsey was unstoppable during his final couple of seasons with Fulham, scoring 29 goals.

He then moved to Tottenham but, unfortunately, it failed to work out for him at White Hart Lane.

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

Andy Johnson

Johnson may have flattered to deceive at times but the streets will never forget when he finished as the Premier League’s second-highest goalscorer during the 2004-05 campaign with Crystal Palace.

The hard-working forward scored 21 goals that season before eventually earning a move to Everton, where he made sure Liverpool’s Pepe Reina would always have nightmares about him.

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Benni McCarthy

McCarthy was ruthless during his first season in the Premier League with Blackburn, banging in 18 goals.

He scored 24 in all competitions that season and Rovers fans - along with the streets, obviously - will always remember him fondly.

Blackburn Rovers v Portsmouth - Premier League

Roque Santa Cruz

Nineteen Premier League goals in his debut season with Blackburn, Santa Cruz made an instant impact in England after leaving Bayern Munich.

His decision to join Manchester City in 2009 was a sad moment for the streets.

UEFA Cup Qualifying MyPa v Blackburn Rovers


Benjani started off a bit rubbish after joining Portsmouth before finding his feet in England.

He eventually sealed a move to Man City and famously scored on his debut against Man Utd in the Manchester derby.

Manchester City's Benjani Mwaruwari cele

Florent Malouda

Twelve Premier League goals in 2009-10 and 13 the season after that, Malouda was a machine for a couple of seasons at Chelsea.

The streets will never forget his legendary goal celebration with Didier Drogba.


DJ Campbell

A journeyman of a striker but one who managed to shine in the Premier League with Blackpool, scoring 13 goals during the 2010-11 season.

For that reason alone, DJ, the streets will always remember you.

Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Premier League

Laurent Robert


Some of his Newcastle goals are among the best of the Premier League era.

Amr Zaki

Zaki briefly looked like Pele for about seven games with Wigan Athletic before it all went wrong.

Hull City v Wigan Athletic - Premier League

Dean Ashton

If it wasn’t for injuries, Ashton would have enjoyed a brilliant long career at the top level.

He was sadly forced to retire at a young age but the streets will never forget you, Dean.

West Ham United v Plymouth Argyle - Carling Cup


A serious baller, the grey-haired Tugay was a true midfield maestro.

The Turkey international was magnificent for Blackburn and could easily have played for a bigger Premier League club.

Portsmouth v Blackburn Rovers - Premier League

Asamoah Gyan

Gyan could have played for a bigger European club but opted to chase the money instead, signing for Al Ain in 2012.

Still, he was class at Sunderland and for that reason alone, he deserves to be remembered by the streets.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland - Premier League

Brede Hangeland

The only defender on this list, Hangeland was a class act for Fulham.

He ended his career with Crystal Palace in 2016.


Odion Ighalo

A Fantasy Football legend from the 2015-16 season, Ighalo scored 15 goals that year.

He now plays in China with Shanghai Shenhua.