The Premier league countdown is currently on and fans can no longer contain their excitement.
It was real fun last season as Leicester city won the league in a most surprising display, given the fact that they had one of the cheapest squad in the league. As we all await the beginning of the new season next month, we take a look at the tallest players, currently plying their trade in the league.
The Bosnian, enjoyed significantly more football than fans may have expected, with Thibaut Courtois falling foul of red cards and suspensions. He was called into action in the first game of the season, after the first-choice goalkeeper was sent off. Hence, he started the following clash with Manchester City. It will be an interesting off-season for Begovic. Antonio Conte will likely keep Courtois as his first choice man between the sticks so the former Stoke keeper will need to decide whether he wants to play second-fiddle for another year.
Per has eclipsed his prime and has been on the decline for a couple seasons now. He will be 32 years old heading into the beginning of the 16/17 season and has one year left on his contract. Arsenal have been quiet in the transfer market with confirmed transfers of just Xhaka and Holding. It is time to find a suitable replacement for Per if, and most likely when he leaves the club next season. Koscielny has been rock solid and Gabriel has been decent, but has wavered in consistency. If Arsenal can develop Chambers, they will be powerful, complete and the most formidable team in the league.
On 1 August 2014, Hangeland, joined Crystal Palace, on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal. On the 16th, he made his competitive debut for the club, on the opening day of the Premier League season away to Arsenal. Hangeland opened the scoring by heading in Jason Puncheon’s corner, but Palace eventually lost 2–1. He scored twice in 17 appearances as Palace finished the season in 10th place under Alan Pardew. On 10 June 2015 it was announced that Hangeland had been released by Crystal Palace but he signed a new one-year extension on 15 June, keeping him at the club for another season. However, at the end of the 2015–16 season Hangeland was again released by Crystal Palace.
4. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea – 199cm / 6ft 61⁄2in)
In his debut season at Chelsea, Courtois kept 12 clean sheets in the 32 matches he played in the Premier League with an average of 0.94 goals conceded per game. He was often a saviour as the last line of Chelsea’s defence. In the 23 appearances he made in the league in the 2015-16 season, he managed just 5 clean sheets, incredibly low for a goalkeeper of his talent. Courtois is not known for his distribution skills, and him being successful in less than half of the long passes he had made did not help his cause.
A six game run without a goal conceded started with Fraser’s return against Watford mid January and although Southampton never quite reached those heights of defensive infallibility again, indeed the strange fact is that after those half dozen shut outs they failed to keep another in the final 12 games, they had an air about them not seen since before Fraser’s injury.Forster seemed to have a leaner more confident look about him and that showed in the way he marshalled his back four and controlled his area throughout the season.
Crouch struggled for game time in 2015–16 making 18 appearances of which nine were as a substitute. He scored just twice, which came against lower league Fulham and Doncaster Rovers in cup competitions. The archetypal tall Premier League player, Crouch is still the English top-flight’s tallest outfield player. The 34-year-old is no longer a regular starter, but definitely gives Stoke another option.
On 19 January 2016, Pantilimon joined Premier League rivals Watford on a three-and-a-half-year deal, for a fee in the region of €8 million. He made his first appearance for the Hornets on 30 January in their FA Cup Fourth Round victory at Nottingham Forest. He also started the game in the Fifth Round against Leeds United. He kept clean sheets in both games. He has two centimetres to spare over his nearest rival for the title. The 28-year-old Romania international has held the title since arriving at Manchester City in 2012 (only former Everton loanee Lacina Traore, also 6ft 8in, has matched him).