Date of birth: 20/3/68
Club: Aston Villa
Notes: Paul Merson is one of the best playmakers in the Premier League who is capable of turning games by himself. He has had problems with drink, drugs and gambling. A popular crowd figure who left the club he had been at for a decade, Arsenal, to join Middlesbrough in the 1997 close season in a £5m deal. Merson inspired Middlesbrough to promotion back to the Premiership and won a place in England's World Cup squad in France 98. He moved to Aston Villa in a £6.75m fee early in September 1998. He has played well since this move and is one of Villa's best players.
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