3. Gareth McAuley
The Premier League’s oldest outfield player, Gareth McAuley continues to defy logic with his performances. The 37-year old has been in the form of his life at West Bromwich Albion this season. The Northern Ireland international has also scored six goals this season – despite being a centre-back.
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McAuley has played every minute in the league this season, which is quite remarkable since he is 37 and the Premier League is one of the most demanding leagues in the world. West Brom are enjoying a remarkable season under Tony Pulis and McAuley has been a key part of it.
Since joining West Brom in 2011, McAuley has grown from strength to strength. He was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2013 and could be set to achieve that feat at the end of this season as well.
He is not showing any signs of slowing down just yet and wants to play at the highest level for as long as possible. “I’ve not set playing to 40 as a target but football is an amazing thing to be part of. It’s evolving all the time and I’d like to be involved as long as possible,” McAuley said in an interview with the Telegraph last month.
McAuley has been one of the best defender’s this season and deserves far more credit for his performances for West Brom.