Who is the Tallest Player in the Premier League?

Liam Bewsher

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Who is the Tallest Player in the Premier League?

There are many generic statistics that go around the internet and world of social media these days such as goals, assists and more, but, here we are looking at who the tallest player in the Premier League is, as well as looking at some of the tallest players to feature in the top flight of English football from down the years.

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Lucas Bergstrom - Chelsea

This one will surprise many, as in truth, mainly as we’re yet to see Lucas Bergstrom play for Chelsea’s first team as the Finnish goalkeeper is just 19-years-old. However, he is the tallest player at a Premier League club, with a height of 205cm, which equates to 6ft 8.75in.

Bergstrom will face fierce competition such as Edouard Mendy if he is to make any appearances for the Blues in the Premier League, although he is contracted until June 2024 at Stamford Bridge.

Kjell Scherpen - Brighton & Hove Albion

The Netherlands Under 21 international goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen is the second tallest active Premier League player, although, unlike Bergstrom, he has featured for Brighton & Hove Albion, doing so in the Seagulls 2-1 FA Cup victory against West Bromwich Albion in January, before being sent out on loan to Belgian Pro League outfit KV Oostende.

Scherpen has featured on this list since he signed from Ajax for an undisclosed fee back in the summer of 2021, as he is 204 cm tall (6ft 8.3in). In his time at the Johan Cruijff Arena, Scherpen managed to win the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup in 2020/21 having made two appearances as cover for Maarten Stekelenburg late on it that campaign.

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Dan Burn - Newcastle United

Newcastle United defender Dan Burn is the tallest outfield player in the division at 201 cm (6ft 7.1in) tall.

The 30-year-old Blyth-born centre-back moved to his boyhood club Newcastle back in January for just £7m having started his trade at local side Darlington all the way back in the 2009/10 season, before working his way up the leagues with the likes of Fulham, Yeovil Town, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic.

Burn has made 99 Premier League appearances and played a crucial role in Newcastle’s rise up the table last season as they finished 11th place, having been bottom of the league at the start of December.

Fraser Forster - Tottenham Hotspur

Fraser Forster, who recently found himself signing for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Southampton is exactly the same height as Burn himself and also comes from the North East, having started his career off at Newcastle.

The 34-year-old made 134 Premier League appearances for the Saints having signed from Celtic back in 2014, where he had four spells, culminating in him winning four Scottish Premiership titles, as well as two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup.

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Which Former Premier League Players Would Get Into the Current Top 3?

Costel Pantilimon

Former Manchester City, Sunderland and Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was a giant between the sticks, with the 203cm tall shot-stopper making 54 Premier League appearances.

The 35-year-old former Romania international memorably managed to pick up a Premier League and League Cup winners medal at City back in 2013/14, as well as winning the Community Shield in 2012 against Chelsea.

Lacina Traore

Lacina Traore, formerly of Everton was also 203cm tall, which equates to 6ft 8in worth of height.

The 32-year-old striker currently plies his trade at Portuguese third-tier side Varzim and made just one Premier League appearance for the Toffees during the 2013/14 season whilst on loan from AS Monaco, having suffered a hamstring injury in the warmup of a game against Chelsea, ruling him out until the final game of the campaign against Hull City.

He did, however, manage a goal on his Toffees debut which came in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Swansea City in February 2014.

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch is the obvious name when thinking of a tall player, due to his notoriety, having made 44 caps for England, scoring 22 goals, as well as playing for the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 41-year-old finished his playing career back in 2019 after a short spell at Burnley, ending up with 145 league goals to his name, with his eight-year spell at Stoke City yielding the most, with 46 in 225 games.

During his career, Crouch’s only major honours were the 2005/06 FA Cup and the 2006 Community Shield with Liverpool, although he does unsurprisingly hold the record for most headed goals in the Premier League, with 53 to his name.

Nikola Zigic

Ex-Birmingham City forward Nikola Zigic is also the same height as Crouch at 6ft 7in.

The Serbian forward was famously part of the Birmingham City side that beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup final, scoring the opener for the Blues. The 41-year-old had a decent career, despite only netting five times in 25 Premier League appearances, as he managed to score 20 in 57 caps for Serbia and even won the Copa del Rey with Valencia in 2007/08.

Stefan Maierhofer

The final player to be included in this list was perhaps a little less memorable in the shape of Stefan Maierhofer (6ft 7in) who made just nine Premier League appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers between 2009 and 2011, scoring one goal which was in a 3-1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers.

Maierhofer, who is now 38 years of age played for his 20th and final club last year, Wurzburger Kickers in the 3. Liga, having also had spells at the likes of Bayern Munich, Red Bull Salzburg and FC Koln.

Other Notable Mentions

Other notable mentions are three goalkeepers who were all 6ft 7in, including former U.S international Ian Freur who played three times in the Premier League for West Ham in 2000.

Meanwhile, ex-Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, Lars Leese, who featured for Barnsley in the Premier League during the 1997/98 season was also of the same height, as was Dutch shot-stopper Stefan Postma who made 13 appearances for Aston Villa between 2002 and 2006.

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