Goals win games, it’s as simple as that. The key ingredient to any recipe for Premier League glory however relies firmly on a wealth of creative talent, whose capabilities of unlocking defences are fundamental to the success of the team.
We’ve seen some great goalscoring midfielders, though much praise is often levelled at individual brilliance that has emanated from the centre of the park.
Here, we digress from that notion to reflect on seven pairs of Premier League wingers, who in tandem, have terrorised defences over the years.
7. Stuart Ripley & Jason Wilcox (Blackburn Rovers)
Part of the Blackburn side that surprisingly lifted the Premier League trophy back in 1994/95, unsung heroes Stuart Ripley and Jason Wilcox were the chief providers during a remarkable campaign.
Ripley operated on the right-hand side, with Wilcox ably supported down the left flank by the impressive Graeme Le Saux. Together, the pair laid on a glut of goalscoring opportunities for dynamic goalscoring duo Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer.
Shearer scored 34 times, with Sutton notching 15 of his own as Rovers celebrated their first top flight success in 81 years. Though they would never replicate that success again, their season of utter brilliance lives long in the memory.
6. Andrei Kanchelskis & Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
For the first, and certainly not the last time, we look at a devastating wing partnership involving the legendary Ryan Giggs.
Established on the left hand flank of United’s midfield four, Giggs was joined in 1991 by flying Russian midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis. Together, they made an immediate impact at Old Trafford, helping United lifted back to back Premier League trophies in 1992/93 and 1993/94.
Both players possessed searing pace, whilst displaying ball dribbling skills of the highest quality as they put defence after defence to the sword.
5. Raheem Sterling & Leroy Sané (Manchester City)
Although a partnership still very much in its infancy, Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané are quickly sewing the seeds of a potentially devastating wing partnership.
Their statistics so far this season are frighteningly good, with the pair combining to directly influence 45 Premier League goals (23 goals & 22 assists), comfortably making them the most devastating duo of the season.
Their pace, trickery and understanding of the game has improved immeasurably under Pep Guardiola, with the sky seemingly the limit for the two.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo & Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
There have been some exceptional talents to grace the Old Trafford turf during the Premier League era, though few can rival the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar has gone on to establish himself as one of the greatest players to ever play the game whilst at Real Madrid, though his rise to stardom began on the right flank of Manchester United’s midfield four.
Playing on opposite wings to the irrepressible Giggs, he made the lives of many full backs a living hell with his incredible on the ball ability. The duo won three successive Premier League crowns between 2006/07 and 2008/09, with both carving out chance after chance, week after week.
3. Damien Duff & Arjen Robben (Chelsea)
Winners of back to back Premier League crowns at Chelsea, deadly duo Damien Duff and Arjen Robben were among the first signings of the now famous Roman Abramovich era.
Duff moved to Stamford Bridge in 2003, forming a devastating partnership with Robben when the Dutchman arrived a year later.
Under the guidance of José Mourinho, the pair helped the Blues to break apart Manchester United and Arsenal’s stranglehold on the Premier League, terrorising defences with their blistering pace and superb crossing ability.
2. Freddie Ljungberg & Robert Pirès (Arsenal)
Part of Arsenal’s greatest ever side, midfield maestros Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pirès were key cogs in the wheel of Arsenal’s Invincibles side of 2003/04.
The Gunners duo linked up at Highbury following Pirès’ arrival in 2000, with the Frenchman arriving to fill the void left by Marc Overmars’ departure to Barcelona. The two would go on to lift the Premier League crown during the 2001/02 season, though that was only a prelude to the greatest season of their careers two years later.
Elegance, finesse, vision and touch were areas of the game that both excelled in, with their eye for goal another symbolic feature of the danger the two posed from opposite flanks.
1. David Beckham & Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Part of Manchester United’s golden generation of the late 1990s and early 2000s, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs formed a deadly partnership that will go down in the annuls of Premier League history.
The pair won six Premier League crowns in eight seasons between 1996 and 2003, creating countless amounts of chances at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men dominated the top tier of English football.
Beckham would eventually move on to test himself at Spanish giants Real Madrid, but not before he and Giggs tore apart every Premier League defence put before them.