Who are the longest-serving players for each Premier League club?
For every legend like Mark Noble or Troy Deeney, there is a major surprise such as Lucas Piazon or the lesser-spotted Ryan Inniss, with one first-team appearance in eight years at Crystal Palace.
Sportsmail looks at every top-flight club and which of their current players has been under contract for the longest.
Some like David Silva will go down in history. Others are more likely to go on loan. Again and again.
West Ham’s longest-serving player Mark Noble looking fresh-faced at Upton Park in 2005
EMILIANO MARTINEZ, JOINED 2010
The Argentine goalkeeper has made only nine first-team appearances for the Gunners in eight years – going out on loan to Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolves, Getafe and Reading.
However the 27-year-old is at The Emirates this season and been on Unai Emery’s bench behind Bernd Leno.
He should be pencilled in for the Carabao Cup tie against Nottingham Forest next month.
Emiliano Martinez, 27, has failed to make double figures in senior Arsenal appearances
JACK GREALISH, JOINED 2011
The youngest of the Premier League’s longest-serving players, 24-year-old Grealish has been with his boyhood heroes since the age of eight, signed a first professional contract at 16 and made his debut in 2014.
A gifted midfield technician, Grealish endured criticism earlier in his career for a ‘party lifestyle’ as Villa were relegated from the Premier League. But he played a major part in getting them back into the top flight last season and is seen as an England contender for Euro 2020 if he hits his top form.
Jack Grealish was handed the captain’s armband last season and guided Villa to promotion
HARRY ARTER, JOINED 2010
Tough-tackling midfielder who remains registered as a Bournemouth player despite spending last season on loan at Cardiff City, and this season on loan at Fulham.
Though surplus to requirements under Eddie Howe these days, Arter played an important part in their rise to the Premier League having initially signed from non-league Woking.
Harry Arter has aided Bournemouth’s fairytale ascent from League One to the Premier League
LEWIS DUNK, JOINED 2010
Come through the ranks at his hometown club and signed his first professional contract in April 2010. Since then, the central defender has gone from making his debut against MK Dons to becoming an established fixture in the Premier League.
He was linked with a summer move to Leicester City as a replacement for Harry Maguire but should now make his 300th appearance for The Seagulls at some point this season.
Lewis Dunk, 27, has helped the Seagulls keep 19 clean sheets in the Premier League
KEVIN LONG, JOINED 2010
To outsiders, he is the forgotten man at Turf Moor, having made only 63 first-team appearances despite approaching his 10th anniversary at the club after signing from Cork City in January 2010.
Long has played once this season, a League Cup defeat against Sunderland, and has had loan spells at Accrington, Rochdale, Portsmouth, Barnsley and MK Dons.
Kevin Long has struggled to get in the Burnley starting XI but is an important squad member
LUCAS PIAZON, JOINED 2011
Such is the turnover at Chelsea, 25-year-old Piazon is the longest-serving player registered to the club even though he is hardly every there.
The frustrated Brazilian attacking midfielder has had seven different loan spells and announced from his latest stopping point, Rio Ave in Portugal, that he feels his ‘time is over’ at Chelsea.
His Premier League action has been restricted to 16 minutes when he came on as a late sub for Juan Mata against Aston Villa in 2012.
Lucas Piazon was signed in 2011 for £10m after dazzling displays in the Under 17s World Cup
RYAN INNISS, JOINED 2011
The little-known central defender is currently on his ninth loan spell, at Newport County. He signed pro forms at Palace soon after his 16th birthday but had to wait seven years to make his first-team debut in a League Cup tie against Swansea. He’s still waiting for a second Eagles appearance.
For the record, his loan clubs have been: Cheltenham, Luton, Gillingham, Yeovil, Port Vale, Southend, Colchester, Dundee and Newport.
24-year-old Ryan Inniss has made just one appearance for the Eagles after nine loan spells
LEIGHTON BAINES, JOINED 2007
Proper club legend despite having lost his place at left-back to Lucas Digne. Baines was signed from Wigan under David Moyes and went on to win 30 England caps and become of the most consistent performers in the Premier League.
A free-kick specialist, the 34-year-old has been slowed by injuries in recent times but was given a new one-year contract last summer.
Leighton Baines has been dislodged in the Everton side by marauding full-back Lucas Digne
ANDY KING, JOINED 2007
Part of the greatest story ever told when Leicester went from League One to Premier League champions and still with the club despite joining Rangers on loan for this season.
Although Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante were Claudio Ranieri’s first-choice midfielders in 2015/16, King still featured in 25 matches in The Foxes title charge, and then played immediately afterwards for Wales at Euro 2016
Andy King will always be remembered as one of Leciester’s famous Premier League winners
JORDAN HENDERSON, JOINED 2011
No loan spells for Henderson, just the first Liverpool captain since Steven Gerrard to lift the Champions League.
Henderson took time to settle at Anfield after signing for Kenny Dalglish from Sunderland in 2011 but is now a massive part of Jurgen Klopp’s new Red machine and has won more than 50 England caps. ‘The ultimate pro,’ according to the legendary Gerrard.
Jordan Henderson has swayed the Liverpool fans after his £20m move from Sunderland in 2011
DAVID SILVA, JOINED 2010
Has to be in the argument for Manchester City’s greatest player. Signed from Valencia shortly after winning the World Cup with Spain and has been the playmaker behind City’s four Premier League titles since.
Nicknamed Merlin by his team-mates because of his wizadry on the ball, 33-year-old Silva has clocked up more than 400 appearances in Manchester.
Four-time Premier League winner David Silva has confirmed this season is his last at the Etihad
PHIL JONES, JOINED 2011
Signed 10 days before Ashley Young in June 2011, comparisons with Duncan Edwards were never helpful to Jones, whose injury problems have had a massive impact on a promising career at centre-half.
Jones can point to winning the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson but it’s significant he wasn’t on the pitch for the cup trophies won by Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. His last appearance was the home defeat against Cardiff on the final day of last season.
Phil Jones hasn’t fulfilled his potential at Old Trafford, with injuries hampering his career
PAUL DUMMETT, JOINED 2011
Local left-back who came through the Newcastle academy, playing for the reserves two years before he signed his first professional contract in July 2011.
He has been given responsibility by a succession of Toon managers, the latest being Steve Bruce, and is approaching his 200th senior appearance. He has also played for Wales, qualifying through his father.
Paul Dummett has helped Newcastle to 26 clean sheets in his 118 Premier League appearances
ALEX TETTEY, JOINED 2012
Has experienced plenty of ups and downs at Carrow Road after signing from Reims in August 2012 and played 30 times in Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League last season.
At 33, the holding midfielder may be used more sparingly in the top flight. So far, his only appearance came as a late substitute in the victory against Newcastle though the Canaries do have injury problems so may call upon his experience again.
Alex Tettey has scored three Premier League goals but is now out of favour at Carrow Road
CHRIS BASHAM, JOINED 2014
Was signed on a free by Nigel Clough from Blackpool in July 2014 and has really thrived since Chris Wilder took over at Bramall Lane almost two years later.
The 31-year-old is one of Wilder’s famed overlapping centre-backs and has played in all of Blades Premier League games so far. His good technical ability makes him a natural for the role and he’s one of the few United players with prior Premier League experience, having played there for Blackpool.
Chris Basham has started all six of Sheffield United’s games in the Premier League this season
JACK STEPHENS, JOINED 2011
Signed from Plymouth for £150,000 in April 2011, Stephens has managed 81 first-team appearances for Saints in between loan spells with Swindon, Middlesbrough and Coventry. His sole outing this term came in a Premier League defeat at Burnley.
Defender Stephens, 25, won the backing of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl last season after having made mistakes in Saints battle for Premier League survival.
Jack Stephens is being kept out of the Saints’ side by Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard
DANNY ROSE, JOINED 2007
It looked as if the left-back’s long run with Spurs was going to be broken when he was left out of the club’s pre-season tour in anticipation of finding another club. It didn’t happen and Rose has started well for club and country, playing well for England against Bulgaria last Saturday.
Rose, 29, played in last season’s Champions League final and says he’s up to the challenge of Tottenham signing Ryan Sessegnon in his position.
Danny Rose was on the verge of a summer transfer to Watford before the deal fell through
TROY DEENEY, JOINED 2010
Quite simply Mr Watford. Deeney has played for a dozen different managers since signing from Walsall in August 2010 and been their talisman in establishing themselves in the Premier League and reaching last season’s FA Cup Final.
Deeney is renowned for being one of the game’s most colourful interviewees – he once accused Arsenal of lacking ‘cojones’ – but he’d be in any Vicarage Road Hall of Fame alongside Graham Taylor and Elton John.
Fan-favourite Troy Deeney has notched 123 goals in his nine seasons at Vicarage Road
MARK NOBLE, JOINED 2004
The longest of the longest-serving players, Noble made his Hammers debut as a 17-year-old against Southend in the League Cup, and has become as much part of the East End as pie and mash.
The midfielder has served nine different managers and played an important role in helping the club stick together during the very difficult move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium.
Regarded as one of the best players not to have won an England cap, Noble recently celebrated his 350th Premier League appearance – and there are many Championship games and cup-ties to go along with that.
Premier League stalwart and all-action midfielder Mark Noble has made himself ‘Mr West Ham’
MATT DOHERTY, JOINED 2010
One of the few survivors from the Wolves League One title team to have thrived under Nuno Espirito Santo and gone into European competition.
Doherty’s attacking instincts have made him a perfect fit for Nuno’s right wing-back position. The 27-year-old Irishman scored eight goals last season though a knee injury has disrupted his appearanes this term.
Matt Doherty has five assists and eight clean sheets in 44 Premier League appearances