There was a time when, unless you were Bryan Robson, wearing the number seven meant you played wide on the right. I treasured my number seven shirt but never graced it as well as these guys. My favourite premier league number sevens since the start of the league in 1992. Here goes, in no particular order...
Matt le Tissier - Matt was around the same time as me but we never ended up in an England squad together at any level. I think I got on my first ever under 19's tour to Rio when he pulled out through injury. I don't think there is any other player who did more to keep his club in the league season after season. He scored well over 200 goals at club level and showed great loyalty to Southampton. And he scored every kind of goal - scrappy goals, headers, penalties, free kicks and wonder goals. A great player and a superb number seven.
Gordon Strachan - 'Strach' was almost 37 when I arrived at Leeds and whilst I struggled with injuries and never found from at Elland Road it was usually the incredible form of Gordon that kept me on the bench. He was a one off as a player, out running every one of us in pre season training and one of the tidiest yet most competitive players you'd ever see. Along with David Batty, Gary McCallister and Gary Speed, Starch formed possibly one of the best midfields ever seen at the top level of English football.
Eric Cantona - What can you say about the impact Cantona had on the English game and Man United in particular? I think it a massive shame that Bryan Robson didn't keep his number seven shirt until he left Old Trafford but Cantona certainly did the shirt proud.
Christiano Ronaldo - I was at Old Trafford for one of Ronaldo's first games and like everybody else thought he would struggle to cut it with his tricks and his liking of a dive but I couldn't have been more wrong. His passion for improvement has created one of the most exciting players the world has ever seen. He is a phenomenon and his goalscoring record is ridiculous.
Rober Pires - Some players are just pleasing on the eye in the way they play. They do everything the right way, the way it's supposed to be done. That doesn't always make them a great player but Pires was pleasing on the eye and delivered. He won three F.A. cups with Arsenal along with two premier leagues. He was an integral part of the 2003-2004 unbeaten campaign and to me a truly great number seven.
Luis Suarez - This list would not be complete without a Liverpool player where the number seven shirt is iconic having been worn by both Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish. Unfortunately Suarez will always be remembered for his penchant for biting but what a player. Suarez graced (usually) our league for less than four years but scored 82 goals in 133 Liverpool appearances. A brilliant player and a true Liverpool number seven.
Peter Beardsley - Another Liverpool legendary number seven. Along with Matt le Tissier, Beardsley was a player that Howard Wilkinson always felt the need to 'man mark' in his time at Leeds. He was a superb player who both made and scored goals and who had incredible appetite for work. Chris Fairclough always got the marking job and did it very well but that was the only way you were going to stop Beardsley. It says something about a player when he can be a hero at both Anfield and Goodison Park.
So there we go. My favourite premier league number sevens. There are loads more I am sure. Who's on your list ?