James Milner

James Milner
NameJames Milner
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1986



The 2009-10 PFA Young Player of the Year, James Milner is viewed as one of the great hopes for England’s future, even if he is tainted by association following a dismal performance at the 2010 World Cup.

Beginning his career at Leeds, Milner was viewed as a teenage star and became the Premier League’s youngest ever scorer with a goal against Sunderland – a feat that has since been surpassed by James Vaughan. However, after showing he could cut it in the top flight, Leeds’ financial plight led to his sale and he moved to Newcastle in 2004.

Cementing his reputation as a hard-working and skilful midfielder while at St James’ Park, he attracted the attention of Aston Villa (who had taken him on loan in 2005) and he moved for a fee of around £12 million in 2008. Finding his feet in a more central position in the 2009-10 season, he blossomed and made his name as one of the best young players in the league, before Manchester City came calling and signed him for around £18 million (plus £8 million worth of Stephen Ireland going the other way) in the summer.

Strengths: Strong in possession, Milner is able to beat his man with his pace and skill. His willingness to play, versatility and tenacious style make him a useful squad member.

Weaknesses: He does not get on the scoresheet as much as he should and needs to be more consistent with his crossing ability.

Career high: Picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2010.

Career low: Sold by the club he loved to Newcastle United for an initial price of £3.6 million, when financial problems eventually forced Leeds to cash in on him in July 2004.

Style: Skilful, tricky, tenacious, a willing runner.

Quotes: ”He plays with the brain of a 30-year-old.” Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, December 2002.

Trivia: He has a record 46 caps for the England Under-21 side.

James Milner