The Premier League have announced plans to launch their official Hall of Fame, with the competition set to reveal its inaugural members on March 19th.
The Premier League has played host to a plethora of extremely talented footballers since its inception in 1992, and the Hall of Fame initiative strives to highlight and celebrate the most talented players to ply their trade in the English top flight.
Following this announcement, we’ve decided to look into the vault at Newcastle, and see which former Magpies could potentially be in contention to be awarded the Premier League’s ‘highest individual honour.’
While they may no longer be considered an elite Premier League club, the Magpies began the era competing at the very top, finishing in the top six on seven occasions during the first 12 seasons.
With a number of elite players having graced St James’ Park in the famous black and white stripes over the years, here are our four players who we think could potentially see themselves named in the Hall of Fame in the future.
Massively popular and hugely talented, Ginola was at the heart of Newcastle’s most successful period in the Premier League, with the Magpies coming second in consecutive seasons.
While he wasn’t with the Magpies for long, having left after failing to get along with Kenny Dalglish, there is no doubting that the Frenchman was one of the more talented midfielders to play for Newcastle in the Premier League era.
Once the beating heart of Newcastle’s midfield, Speed was a supremely talented pacemaker, whose creativity and work rate earned the complete adulation of the club’s fan base.
Having also starred for Leeds, Everton and Bolton in the Premier League, Speed’s inclusion should be a certainty.
A goalscoring phenomenon, Beardsley scored goals for fun no matter where he went in his career, and he did so for Newcastle both before and after the formation of the Premier League.
He was magical on the ball, displaying genuine technical genius, and he made a huge impact during his time on Tyneside.
Shearer doesn’t need any explanation. With an unparalleled 260 goals in the Premier League, no player even comes close to matching the former England international.
Based purely on his goalscoring figures alone, Shearer is an absolute shoo-in to be named in the Hall of Fame.