Everton: Legendary Hardnut Duncan Ferguson Names Three Toughest Defenders He Played Against

Chris Wright

10th, February 2017


Having attained legendary status at Everton by pummelling his way to the top, Duncan Ferguson has now settled into a more sedate coaching role at the club.

During a chat with The Times about his new, mellower professional persona, Big Dunc (a self-confessed “big softie” these days) was asked to name the three toughest opponents he came up against during his playing days.

While it shouldn’t come as much of a turn-up that two of Ferguson’s picks were of the archetypal ‘big, ugly centre-back’ ilk, his final choice might just raise your eyebrow a sliver.

First up was ex-Liverpool bastion Sami Hyypia:

He was so big and so good in the air for Liverpool. He wasn’t the quickest, but he read the game brilliantly.

Then, perhaps predictably, came Tony Adams:

A tough, hard, old school defender. There was him, Martin Keown, Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce — players who used to get their head in.

And last but by no means least, one Rio Ferdinand:

From those I have named, he was the best in terms of being a “footballer”. He had a bit of everything. He wasn’t a soft touch either.

Of course Ferdinand was an upper echelon centre-back, but he was also a namby pampy ‘continental-style’ ball-player for crying out loud!

We’re just a little surprised that Rio’s languid talents would register with a seasoned elbow-chucker like Ferguson the Barbarian.

Maybe he is going a bit soft in his old age after all!

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