Footballers can come in all shapes and sizes. You can be a success in England’s top-flight regardless of your appearance. Below, we will reveal the shortest football player in English Premier League this season.
The Shortest Football Player (From Smallest To Tallest)
Ryan Fraser – 163cm – 5ft 4in – Attacking Midfielder – (Newcastle United / Scotland)
Ryan Fraser is the shortest football player in the English Premier League. The Scotland football national team international and former AFC Bournemouth attacker has made over 50 appearances for Newcastle United since joining in 2020.
He makes up for his lack of height with unbeatable agility and boundless energy in the attack. Still, his productivity has tanked lately, registering just two goals and five assists to his name at Newcastle United.
The Scottish star is no longer a guaranteed starter at Newcastle United, with the team improving massively in quality following its 2021 takeover.
Tariq Lamptey – 164cm – 5ft 5in – Defender – (Brighton & Hove Albion / Ghana)
At just 5ft 5in, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ghanaian, Tariq Lamptey, is the second shortest footballer in the English Premier League during the 2022/2023 season. Born in Hillingdon, Greater London, Tariq Lamptey was trained in the Chelsea academy when he was eight.
He made his debut and only premier league appearance for Chelsea against Arsenal before signing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2020. In total, Lamptey made three appearances for Chelsea and has played more than 57 times for Brighton & Hove Albion, scoring one goal with zero assists.
Daniel Podence – 165cm – 5ft 5in – Attacking Midfielder – (Wolverhampton Wanderers / Portugal)
One of the most potent attackers for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Daniel Podence, stands at just 5ft 5in, making him the third shortest football player in the league. The Portugal international joined Wolves in January 2020 from Olympiacos in Greece.
He has since made 66 appearances across all competitions, scoring 12 premier league goals and five more assists. Podence made his senior debut for Portugal in 2020, replacing João Félix for the final 15 minutes of a 3–0 home win against Sweden in the Nations League.
Manor Solomon – 167cm – 5ft 7in – Attacking Midfielder – (Fulham FC / Israel)
Manor Solomon is one of the shortest football players in the English Premier League in the 2022/2023 season. The 23-year-old Israeli Midfielder is just 5ft 5in tall and plays mainly as a central attacking midfielder or left winger.
Solomon joined Fulham on loan in the summer 2022 transfer window from Shakhtar Donetsk, his parent club, for whom he has been playing since 2019. Despite his 16 goals in about 70 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk, Manor Solomon has had a slow start to his Fulham career and only made one appearance.
Nampalys Mendy – 167cm – 5ft 6in – Defensive Midfielder – (Leicester City / Senegal)
Nampalys Mendy is a defensive midfielder for Leicester City, the 2015/2016 Premier League champions. The French-born 30-year-old stands at just 5ft 6in, making him the fifth-shortest player in the English premier league.
He joined Leicester in 2016 from OGC Nice and has since made 79 appearances. Despite growing up in France and playing for the reigning world champions at youth international tournaments, Nampalys Mendy represents Senegal at the international level.
In March 2021, Mendy made his Senegal national team debut in a goalless draw with Congo, making 17 appearances for the Lions of Teranga.
Manuel Lanzini – 167cm – 5ft 6in – Attacking Midfielder – (West Ham United / Argentina)
The 29-year-old West Ham United attacking midfielder measures just 5ft 6in tall. This makes Manuel Lanzini one of the shortest players in the English Premier League. This doesn’t seem to have impeded the Argentina international, however.
Since joining West Ham United in 2016 from Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, initially on a one-year loan deal, Lanzini has registered 26 goals in more than 170 club appearances. The attacker came through the River Plate academy in Argentina and has played five times for his country, scoring one goal.
Harvey White – 168cm – 5ft 6in – Midfielder – (Tottenham Hotspur / England)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harvey White stands at just 5 foot 6 inches. The young English midfielder is the shortest player at his club and among the shortest across the entire league. Not only that, he is England’s shortest footballer in the 2022/23 season.
A product of the Tottenham academy, the Englishman has only made two senior appearances for the Lilywhites during the 2020/2021 season. Still, White spent the second half of that season on loan at Portsmouth FC, making 21 appearances and scoring one goal.
The 21-year-old midfielder is yet to play a Premier League game for Tottenham Hotspur. Despite being in the club’s first team squad for the 2022/2023 season, Harvey White has yet to make an appearance. He made two appearances for England’s U-18 team in 2019.
Andrew Moran – 168cm – 5ft 6in – Midfielder – (Brighton & Hove Albion / Ireland)
Ireland’s newest football prodigy, 18-year-old Andrew Moran is one of Brighton & Hove’s cast of diminutive yet agile midfielders. Currently 7th on the 2022/23 shortest football player list, the youngster stands at just 5ft 7in, which has not hampered his progress through the Brighton & Hove academy ranks.
Andrew spent the 2019/2020 season on loan at Bray Wanderers, making three first-team appearances and registering one goal.
The Irishman youth international has not made his debut for the Seagulls yet. However, he has played for all the Republic of Ireland youth teams, from the U15 to the U21, making seven appearances and scoring once.
N’Golo Kante – 168cm – 5ft 6in – Central Midfielder– (Chelsea / France)
N’Golo Kante is regarded as the nicest and toughest midfielder in Europe. The two-time Premier League winner stands at just 5ft 6in tall but has established an unenviable reputation of hard work and supreme quality.
Kante joined Chelsea for £30 million in the summer of 2016 after guiding Leicester City to their maiden Premier League glory. He repeated the fete at Chelsea in his first season and made his senior France debut later that year.
The 31-year-old has made 187 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 11 goals. He’s also played 53 times for France, scored two goals, and won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Julio Enciso – 168cm – 5ft 6in – Striker – (Brighton & Hove Albion / Paraguay)
At 5ft 6in, Brighton & Hove Albion star Julio Enciso is not your typical premier league striker. The 18-year-old is, however, one of the most promising attackers in a youthful team at the Amex Stadium. Enciso signed for the Seagulls on 17 June 2022 from Libertad in his native Paraguay.
The attacker, signed for a transfer fee worth £9.5 million, plus future add-on fees, is tied to an initial four-year contract. Julio Enciso made his debut and only appearance for Brighton debut in August in a 3–0 away win over League One side Forest Green Rovers.
With 18 goals in 55 games for Libertad, Enciso is an exciting talent to watch at the Amex. He is the youngest player on this list and started playing football professionally at 15 in Paraguay.
Fred – 169cm – 5ft 7in – Central Midfielder – (Manchester United/ Brazil)
Frederico Rodrigues Santos, better known as Fred, plays as a central midfielder for Manchester United. The Brazilian, standing at 5ft 7in, signed for Manchester United in 2018 from Shakhtar Donetsk, having played 101 games and scored ten goals for the Ukrainian side.
Since then, the Brazil international has made 110 appearances for The Red Devils, scoring six goals.
Raheem Sterling – 170 cm – 5ft 7in – Forward – (Chelsea / England)
Raheem Sterling joined Chelsea in August 2022 from Manchester City and rounds off our list as the tenth smallest player in the 2022/23 season. When he made his debut for Liverpool in the 2012/13 season, the nippy winger was the 14th shortest football player of that season.
Throughout his career, the 5ft 7in England international winger Raheem Sterling has maintained an excellent productive streak, recording 158 career goals across 476 professional matches.
The winger has been just as influential with the England national team, for whom he’s made 77 appearances and scored 19 goals.
Who is The Shortest Goalkeeper
This season, that record goes to Matthew Cox of Brentford. The young professional player, who recently signed from AFC Wimbledon, is only 182cm (5ft 11.5in). Brentford FC has big ambitions for this young goalkeeper, as they have signed him on a six-year contract, and seems to have a promising career ahead.
Compared to the tallest goalkeeper in the Premier League, Matthew Cox is 19cm (7.5 inches) shorter than Southampton keeper Fraser Forster who stands at 201cm (6ft 7.1in).
Shortest Soccer Player Playing Center Back
With Lisandro Martinez signing for Manchester United, the Argentinian becomes the shortest center-back in the 2023 Premier League, standing at 175cm (5ft, 9in). The World Cup winner is nicknamed ‘the Butcher’ for his aggressive style of play and offers composure on the ball.
Several former players suggested that Martinez wouldn’t be able to handle the physicality of Premier League defenders due to his 5ft 9in height.
Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea is three centimeters taller than Lisandro Martinez at 178cm.
Shortest Player In Premier League History
Over the past 30 years, there have only been a total of seven footballers who have held the record for the shortest football player in England’s Premier Division.
The shortest Premier League player was Dexter Lembikisa of Wolverhampton Wanderers, standing at 160cm tall. The young Jamaican has had a growth spurt and now longer holds the claim as the shortest football player.
Aaron Lennon holds the record for the shortest EPL player for twelve seasons, followed by Alan Hutton with six seasons. Ryan Fraser has reclaimed the title as the shortest soccer player. He held the claim from 2016-2020 but lost it for three seasons.
|1992-93||Alan Wright||Blackburn Rovers||163cm||Defender|
|1993-94||Matty Holmes||West Ham United||162cm||Midfielder|
|1994-95||Matty Holmes||West Ham United||162cm||Midfielder|
|1995-96||Matty Holmes||Blackburn Rovers||162cm||Midfielder|
|1996-97||Matty Holmes||Blackburn Rovers||162cm||Midfielder|
|1997-98||Alan Wright||Aston Villa||163cm||Defender
|1998-99||Matty Holmes||Charlton Athletic||162cm||Midfielder|
|1999-00||Alan Wright||Aston Villa||163cm||Defender
|2000-01||Alan Wright||Aston Villa||163cm||Defender
|2001-02||Alan Wright||Aston Villa||163cm||Defender
|2002-03||Alan Wright||Aston Villa||163cm||Defender
|2003-04||Aaron Lennon||Leeds United||165cm||Midfielder|
|2004-05||Shaun Wright-Phillips||Manchester City||168cm||Midfielder|
|2005-06||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2006-07||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2007-08||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2008-09||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2009-10||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2010-11||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2011-12||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2012-13||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2013-14||Aaron Lennon||Tottenham Hotspur||165cm||Midfielder|
|2016-17||Ryan Fraser||AFC Bournemouth||163cm||Forward|
|2017-18||Ryan Fraser||AFC Bournemouth||163cm||Forward|
|2018-19||Ryan Fraser||AFC Bournemouth||163cm||Forward|
|2019-20||Tariq Lamptey||Brighton & Hove Albion||163cm||Defender
|2020-21||Tariq Lamptey||Brighton & Hove Albion||163cm||Defender
|2021-22||Dexter Lembikisa||Wolverhampton Wanderers||160cm||Defender|
The Shortest Football Player 100 Years Ago
The smallest footballer in the English First Division (1922/23) was 168cm (5ft 6in). The top ten shortest players were either 168 or 169 centimeters tall. As you can see from the table above, it is very similar to the current breed. This was somewhat different when we analyzed the tallest football player in the EPL compared to one hundred years ago.
Although our shortest football player in English Premier League list are not renowned for their aerial influence in set pieces, these players certainly have the talent, ability, and quality to compete in the world’s most competitive league.
Rhett is an Australian-born, globe trotter who is a UEFA ‘A’ Licence Soccer Coach. With his family, he has traveled and coached soccer in more than 30 countries, while attending World Cups, European Championships, and some of the biggest local derbies in the world!