The Premier League has long been home to some of the best strikers in world football. Cantona, Zola, Van Nistelrooy, Hasselbaink – the list is long and distinguished.
Just 23 though have joined the illustrious 100 Club and while goals ultimately make strikers there are other factors to take into account.
As such Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler, the fifth highest scoring striker in Premier League history with 163 goals, doesn’t make the cut in the Ladbrokes News top five.
Read on to see who kept Red Robbie from making the grade.
5 – Teddy Sheringham – Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Manchester United, Portsmouth, West Ham
“Oh Teddy Teddy – he went to Man United and he won f**k all” the Spurs fans sang when Sheringham left White Hart Lane.
The Premier League’s first Golden Boot winner netted a total of 147 league goals and unlike title-less Fowler remained a star attraction in his forties. They say the first few yards are in your head and Teddy was always two yards in front of everyone else.
4 – Wayne Rooney – Everton, Manchester United
Continually accused of underperforming by England and even some United fans, many could be surprised that at 28 Rooney is already fourth on the all-time scorers list with 173 Premier League goals and a good few years ahead of him.
In the PFA’s Team of the Year three times and counting, Rooney has already won five league titles, two league cups and a Champions League crown since bursting on the scene as a 16-year-old Toffee.
Could move to second on the all-time scorers list this year and is the only real threat to the man currently at number one.
3 – Andrew Cole – Newcastle, Manchester United, Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth
Eventually resembling a journeyman striker, Cole was unplayable in his pomp at Newcastle and Man United.
The majority of his 187 Premier League strikes came for those two clubs and a return of five league titles, one FA Cup and that famous 1999 Champions League highlight his devastating knack for scoring during his Old Trafford reign.
He may have failed to deliver on the international scene but remains one of the best forwards the Premier League has ever seen.
2 – Thierry Henry – Arsenal
With 175 strikes Henry trails Cole in the goal stakes but the majestic way with which he played the game sees him edge the United man.
Arsene Wenger was criticised for bringing a failed Juventus winger to the league to play as a central striker but the former Monaco pair silenced their critics in emphatic fashion as Henry quickly became the league’s most feared forward.
Named in the Team of the Year every season from 2001 to 2006 Henry helped Arsenal break Manchester United’s stranglehold on the league title in 2001 and added another win in 2004.
1 – Alan Shearer – Blackburn, Newcastle
Long before he was boring Match of the Day viewers to tears Shearer was scoring for fun in the Premier League and while he won the title only once his Blackburn side’s triumph is perhaps the most notable.
Shearer was named as a striker in six Team of the Year line-ups from 1993 to 2003 and his stonking record of 206 Premier League goals may never be bettered.
Could have won more titles if not turning down Man United’s advances but Shearer is content with being a Newcastle, and indeed Premier League, superstar!
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