Shearer is the leading scorer in Premier League history by a clear margin (Picture: getty)Asked who he would select for the Hall of Fame, Wright told Stadium Astro: ‘I’d probably put in Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’d probably go with those two because Alan Shearer, 260 goals, will it ever be beaten? It’s going to take some unbelievable goalscorer to do it. And then you look at Ryan Giggs, 13 Premier League titles.‘Someone like Thierry will probably be next, only because of the unbelievable achievements of those two players that I’ve just mentioned.‘Alan being the greatest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League up to this date. And Ryan Giggs, that will not be beaten. You’re talking about two players who have got records there that may never be beaten.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘So when you look at Thierry Henry – who for me should be inducted next – you have to say it’s a massive accolade to Thierry Henry, because look at what them two have achieved to beat him.’Wright also ranks Henry as Arsenal’s best ever player, continuing: ‘The greatest player that we’ve ever had, I think, is Thierry Henry. The greatest signing we’ve had is Dennis Bergkamp, without a doubt. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Jun 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Ian Wright names the two players he’d put in Premier League Hall of Fame ahead of Thierry Henry The Arsenal legend feels there are two slightly more deserving players (Pictures: Getty / Stadium Astro)Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the first two inductees to the Premier League’s Hall of Fame should be Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs, with Thierry Henry just missing out.The Premier League was due to announce the first two members of the new Hall of Fame back in March, but the ceremony was delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.With the season set to get back underway later this month, the Hall of Fame is also likely to finally be announced and Wright, who is a huge fan of Henry, feels there are two ex-players who are slightly more deserving of the honour. Advertisement Henry broke Wright’s record to become Arsenal’s all-time top scorer (Picture: Getty)‘Dennis Bergkamp changed the way Arsenal were going to perform in the years to come once he got there. You’ve seen the success that Arsenal had with Dennis, the Invincibles and everything that team done, that all stemmed through Dennis Bergkamp.‘But as a one-off football player, footballer, skills, amazing ability, Thierry Henry for me is one of the greatest players in the Premier League ever.’MORE: Thierry Henry reveals what he said to Arsene Wenger during Cesc Fabregas’ first training session at ArsenalMORE: Thierry Henry reveals why he picked the number 14 when he joined ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
With three days remaining until Monday’s transfer deadline, professional services firm Deloitte has released data indicating that spending is already 15 per cent higher than at the same stage of last year’s window. As of Friday morning, clubs had spent an estimated £430million on players, £60million short of the final 2012 total of £490million. The record spend of £500million was recorded in 2008. One of the chief reasons for the increased spending is thought to be the competition’s new £5.5billion global television deals, which have taken effect this season. Dan Jones, partner in Deloitte’s specialist Sports Business Group, said: “This summer looks set to be a record for the Premier League in gross, and quite possibly also net transfer spending. “Clubs have already spent over £400million this summer and with several large deals looking close to completion and a number of clubs still expected to do significant business, we will likely see the £500million gross record broken by Tuesday morning. “In a potentially record summer, it is important to consider this level of spending in the wider financial context of the Premier League. “The 2013-14 season will be the first in which clubs will benefit financially from the increased broadcast deals and we are seeing this translate into increased spending. “However, transfer spending this summer is still likely to be less than the total incremental revenue clubs will receive from these new broadcast deals.” The highest fees paid so far are the reported £32million Chelsea paid for Willian this week and the £30million Manchester City spent on Fernandinho earlier in the summer. City have actually spent close to £90million with Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic also arriving at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League spending during the summer transfer window is poised to hit record levels this year. Press Association Tottenham have also been heavy spenders, paying out around £60million on Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. An £8.5million deal for Vlad Chiriches and one for Erik Lamela – for a reported £25.7million – have also been completed since Deloitte published their analysis. Much of their spending is likely to be recouped however if and when Gareth Bale completes a move to Real Madrid.