Brian Deane for me mate. He had absolutely everything. Don't just take my word for it:
Pep Guardiola : "Out of everyone at Sheffield United, I would pick out Deane - he is the best striker of his generation, I would have loved to have played alongside him."
Glenn Hoddle : "There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere else in the world."
Terry Venables : "He’s the best finisher in the country. He sees the game unlike any other player."
Edgar Davids : ""Every one of us is just trying to become as good as him. Everyone can learn from Brian Deane."
Edgar Davids : "I'm not the best, Brian Deane is."
Tony Adams : "I really rate Brian Deane, because he hasn't got the high profile of many of the Sheffield United players, he doesn't get too much attention, but he is one very good player. He is an intelligent player, he works hard and he scores some great goals. He is not flamboyant and is a quiet lad off the pitch but he is a tremendous asset to Sheffield United and to England. He has already got my vote as player of the year."
Cesc Fabregas : "He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League."
Patrick Vieira : "The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy - Deane."
Thierry Henry : "I can't understand why Deane has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it's because he doesn't seek the limelight like some of the other 'stars'."
Zinedine Zidane : "My toughest opponent? Deane of Sheffield. He is the complete striker."
Zinedine Zidane : "Deane is undoubtedly the best striker of his generation."
Sam Allardyce : "There is not a better striker in the world."
Kevin Keegan : "What Sheffield United have got that Barcelona haven't is Brian Deane. I think he is different to anything else in World football."
Marcello Lippi : "Brian Deane would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team - that goes to show how highly I have always rated him. Deane is a player I have always liked, because he combines great talent and technical ability with mobility, determination and a superb shot. He is an all-round striker who possesses character and quality in abundance. In my opinion, he's been one of the most important players for Sheffield United under Dave Bassett."
Ray Wilkins : "I'm saddened because I think we as spectators, not only in this country but right through out Europe and the rest of the World, will be missing one hell of a footballer."
Gordon Strachan : "Brian Deane has been the best England midfield striker for 30-odd years. You'd probably have to go back to Bobby Charlton to find someone who could do as much as Deane. When the ball arrives at his feet he could tell you where every player on that pitch is at that moment. His awareness is superb."
Veron while at Chelsea being asked in an interview who's the best english player : "Brian Deane."
Peter Schmeichel : "People say he is a great player, but you have to define what a great player is, For me, it is a player who has a bottom level that means his worst performance is not noticed.If he is having a bad game, a team-mate might feel Brian Deane is not quite on his game, but a spectator wouldn't notice. Deane, of all the players I have played with, has the highest bottom level. His reading of the game is unsurpassed.He has an eye for a pass, for what the play or the game needs at that precise moment, that I have never seen anyone else have. He controls and distributes the play and the game better than anyone I have ever seen."
David Beckham said that, among his teammates at Real Madrid, which included Zinedine Zidane, Raúl, Ronaldo, Luís Figo and Roberto Carlos, Deane was the most admired opponent : "He's always one of those people others talk about. Even playing at Real Madrid, the players always say to me 'what's he like'? They respect him as a footballer, and to have that respect from some of those players is great."
Brian Kidd : "Brian Deane had the best football brain I'd ever seen in a kid. Let's face it. Brian Deane is in a class of its own."
Rio Ferdinand : "I can honestly say Brian is the best player in the England squad. For me he is the complete player."
Rio Ferdinand : "For me, it's Brian Deane. He'll do ridiculous things in games like say, "You see that tree over there?" - it'll be 40 yards away - "I'm going to hit it". And he'll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best."