A lot is made of squad numbers in the modern game.
Some players hanker after numbers with personal significance, while others want to follow in a club legend’s footsteps.
Marcus Rashford, after a meteoric rise which saw him clinch a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, has been handed the prestigious No.10 shirt at Manchester United.
He has big boots – or sleeves – to fill as the number has belonged to players including Mark Hughes, Ruud van Niistelrooy and Wayne Rooney, to name a few.
Traditionally, the No.10 is held by the second striker or a player capable of producing moments of magic and creating something from nothing. Diego Maradona, anyone?
But who are the Premier League’s other No.10s?
With the 2018/2019 season now upon us, here’s a look at which player wears the shirt for every one of the 20 clubs…
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AFC Bournemouth – Jordon Ibe
The Cherries broke their transfer record when they signed Jordon Ibe for £15million from Liverpool in 2016, but the youngster’s Bournemouth career is yet to take off.
Often deployed on the wing or in an attacking midfield role, the 22-year-old has scored just twice in 57 appearances for Eddie Howe’s side.
Ibe has appeared at international level for England under-18s, under-19s, under-20s and under-21s but, is yet to win a full international cap.
Arsenal – Mesut Ozil
Arsenal are another club who broke their transfer record to bring in a No.10 with the signing of ex-Germany international Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
The 29-year-old cost the Gunners £42.5million and is often criticised for his casual style of play but has made over 140 appearances for the north London club, scoring 27 goals.
Known for his creativity and eye for a pass, Ozil snapped up the No.10 shirt following the departure of Jack Wilshere to West Ham in the summer.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Tomer Hemed
Israeli striker Tomer Hemed joined Brighton and Hove Albion from La Liga side Almeria in 2015 for a fee of around £1million.
The forward initially struggled for form with the Seagulls but rediscovered the goalscoring form he showed in Spain and finished that season as Brighton’s top scorer with 17 goals.
Now 31-years-old, Hemed signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2019 but has fallen behind Glenn Murray in the pecking order.
Burnley – Ashley Barnes
Burnley manager Sean Dyche bought Ashley Barnes for around £750,000 in 2014 and often relies on the 28-year-old to lead the Clarets’ front line.
Barnes scored 42 goals in 141 appearances for Brighton prior to his move to Turf Moor and has proven his worth in the Premier League, notching ten goals last season and finishing as the club’s second top goalscorer.
The forward started his career with non-league club Paulton Rovers before making the move into professional football with Championship club Plymouth Argyle in 2007.
Cardiff – Kenneth Zohore
Cardiff signed Kenneth Zohore from Belgian club K.V. Kortrijk in 2016 for around £1million following a successful loan spell in Wales.
The Danish striker, 24, scored nine goals and contributed five assists in the Championship last season as the Bluebirds pipped Fulham to second place and automatic promotion.
Zohore, whose dad is the second cousin of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, has represented Denmark at youth level but is yet to break into Age Hareide’s senior side.
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Chelsea – Eden Hazard
Chelsea beat off competition from the biggest names in world football to bring in promising talent Eden Hazard from Lille in 2012.
The 27-year-old cost the Blues £32million, a snip in today’s market, and has gone on to become one of the outstanding players in the club’s recent history.
Hazard has won two Premier Leagues with the Blues under different managers, picking up the FWA Footballer of the Year and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards in 2015.
Crystal Palace – Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend joined Palace from Newcastle in Janaury 2016 after the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.
The winger, 27, scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle and was a regular for England under Roy Hodgson before his £13million switch back to his native London in the summer of 2016.
Townsend began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and endured a number of loan spells in the Championship and League One before his move to St James’ Park.
Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Everton paid a staggering £45million to sign Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer but the midfielder is yet to fully justify his hefty price tag.
Sigurdsson started his Everton career with a sensational 50-yard wonder goal in a Europa League tie against Hajduk Split on his full debut.
The ex-Swansea captain, 27, previously had spells with Reading, 1889 Hoffenheim and Tottenham.
Fulham – Tom Cairney
Fulham captain and talisman Tom Cairney, 27, joined the club for just £3million from Blackburn Rovers in 2015.
Cairney scored six and assisted five as Fulham narrowly missed out on automatic promotion last term before claiming Premier League status via the play-offs.
Known for his astute passing and ability on the ball, the midfielder has chipped in with 25 goals in his 118 appearances for the west London club.
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Huddersfield – Aaron Mooy
Huddersfield secured the signature of Aaron Mooy on a permanent deal last summer following a successful loan spell in Yorkshire.
Manchester City were reluctant to part with the talented 27-year-old before the Terriers broke their transfer record to sign Mooy for £10million, albeit with a buy-back clause reportedly in place.
The Australian international was heavily involved in his country’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign, appearing in all three of the Socceroos’ Group C games before their exit.
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Leicester City – Andy King
Leicester’s No.10 Andy King spent half of last season on loan at Swansea City in the hunt for first team action.
The Welsh midfielder, 29, has been with the Foxes since signing his first professional contract in 2006 and has made more than 300 appearances for the club, scoring 55 goals.
Despite being born in Barnstaple, King qualifies to play for Wales through his grandad and has gone on to earn 47 caps for his country.
Liverpool – Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane claimed the No.10 shirt at Liverpool after Phillipe Coutinho’s mega money switch to Barcelona, having previously worn the No.19 shirt.
Mane, 26, signed for Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 and has gone on to more than justify his £34million the Reds paid for him.
The Senegalese forward formed a formidable attacking line with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah last season, scoring 20 goals and providing eight assists in the Premier League.
Manchester City – Sergio Aguero
Manchester City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero has worn the No.10 shirt since the start of the 2015/16 season following Eden Dzeko’s switch to Roma.
The Argentinian, 29, scored his 200th Manchester City goal in their 2-0 Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday, with 143 of those goals coming in the Premier League.
Beginning his career with Independiente, Aguero signed for Atletico Madrid in 2006 where he scored 74 goals in 175 appearances before his £38million move to City five years later.
Manchester Utd – Marcus Rashford
Promising youngster Marcus Rashford claimed the No.10 shirt at Manchester United after it was vacated by Swedish maverick Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The switch marked the third time Rashford has had his squad number changed. Mourinho handed the 20-year-old the No.19 shirt in 2016 after he wore No.39 under Louis van Gaal.
A product of the United youth academy, the forward has gone from strength to strength since breaking on to the scene with a brace against Arsenal at Old Trafford in 2016.
Newcastle – Mohamed Diame
Senegalese international Mohamed Diame made the switch to St James’ Park in 2016 and played a huge part in Newcastle’s Championship winning campaign.
The Magpies agreed to trigger Diame’s £4.5million release clause to sign the powerful midfielder from Hull and he has gone on to make 68 appearances for them in all competitions.
The 31-year-old arrived in England in 2009 and has also had spells with Wigan Athletic, West Ham.
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Southampton – Charlie Austin
The Saints’ No.10 Charlie Austin arrived at St Mary’s with a reputation for goals after a breakthrough season with QPR in the Premier League.
However, the English forward, 29, is yet to rediscover his prolific form for Southampton, scoring just 14 goals in 46 games since his £4million switch in 2016.
Austin improved on his 42 goal-haul in 82 appearances for Burnley when he signed for QPR in 2013, netting 45 times in the same number of games.
Tottenham – Harry Kane
Prolific marksman Harry Kane has firmly shaken off the label of ‘one-season wonder’ since breaking through in 2014, continuing to score goals for fun.
Famously ‘one of their own’, Kane progressed through the Tottenham youth academy after being released by Arsenal as a youngster and has gone on to score 108 goals in 150 games for Spurs.
Despite being beaten to the 2017/2018 Premier League Golden Boot by Mo Salah, Kane, 25, became only the second ever English player to win the World Cup Golden Boot after scoring six goals in Russia this summer.
Watford – Isaac Success
Watford broke their transfer record to secure the signature of Isaac Success in 2016, paying Granada around £12.5million.
The 22-year-old Nigerian is yet to make an impact at Vicarage Road and was loaned out to Malaga in January 2018.
The striker attracted the attention of Watford when with La Liga side Granada, making just under 50 appearances for the first team after a season with Malaga B.
West Ham – Manuel Lanzini
Argentinian playmaker Manuel Lanzini joined the Hammers on a permanent deal in 2016 after impressing when on loan from Al Jazira.
The 25-year-old became a key part of the West Ham midfield during the 15/16 campaign, helping them reach 7th in the Premier League and qualify for the Europa League.
Lanzini has been capped four times for Argentina and was named in their World Cup squad for Russia 2018, but was forced to watch from the sidelines after suffering a serious knee ligament injury.
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Wolves – Joao Moutinho
Premier League new boys Wolves pulled off one of the signings of the summer when they agreed a £5million deal to bring in Joao Moutinho from Monaco.
The experienced midfielder, 31, joins a number of Portuguese players brought in by Head Coach Nuno Espírito Santo.
Moutinho appeared in six out of seven of Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign to help his country win the competition for the first time and has earned over 100 caps for his country.
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