Top 10 big-boned Premier League stars
Showing that chunky lads can cut the mustard in the top flight
1. Grant Holt (Norwich)
He’s a big unit. When he had his moustache he looked more like a rogue DC from a 1970s police drama than a top footballer. Nonetheless, he’s proved he can score in the Premier League.
2. Jonathan Walters (Stoke)
Looks like a lazy lower league poacher, but he does some serious running for Stoke and is a much better player than his frame would have you believe. He’s what the big-boned list is all about.
3. Yakubu (Blackburn)
Rovers might be a sinking ship, but Yakubu is one bulky sandbag they won’t want to throw overboard. They would be in even more of a quandary without his goals.
5. Kevin Davies
The Premier League’s archetypal big lad for some time now. He carries a bit of weight and he’s not afraid to throw it around.
6. Andy Carroll (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s Jägerbomb-fuelled benchwarmer is undoubtedly a sizeable unit. At Newcastle he used his height and weight to excellent effect, but he hasn’t quite found a way to do that under Kenny Dalglish as yet.
7. George Elokobi
Yes, it’s pure muscle but Elokobi had to make the list for body shape alone. You don’t get too many square footballers.
8. Paul Robinson
Since Paddy Kenny has slimmed down, Robinson is probably the closest thing the Premier League currently has to a school playground goalie.
9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Often deemed to be ‘fat’, Rooney is far more at home on our big-boned list. His fitness levels prove he’s not carrying too much flab, but he certainly fills out his kit.
10. Danny Shittu (QPR)
The QPR defender weighs in at 15st and is 6ft 3in tall. Some would argue his physique isn’t conducive to modern top-flight football. Other would argue his football isn’t conducive to modern top-flight football.
Which well-built players have we missed?