Over the years, the English Premier League has had many world-class strikers grace the league from all over the world. Shortening the list down to five was no easy task, and there are likely to be may different opinions to who should and shouldn’t be on the list.
I’ll start off with some honourable mentions of players who did not make my top five.
Despite all the goals he scored, he was no way near as technically gifted as other players on my list, but was an excellent finisher Considering he lacked the pace that the few top strikers do now, he would definitely hold his own in the modern day era.
Similarly to Fowler, a top player on is day but not as technically string as others, and could arguably have scored a lot more goals for the amount of games that he played.
A hard choice to leave him out, but unlike the other players on this list he was not as good all round as he relied largely on his pace. He was not as technically or physically strong as other players, and although he won the Ballon D’or je never really went on to fulfil the potential that he had a a young teenager, but that was down to the injuries that he sufered. Never the less, Owen will always be regarded as a top class player, and will be the onlt English player to win the Balon D’or for a very long time.
Michael Owen was hampered by injuries throughout his career and his big money move to Real Madrid never really worked out for him, but on his day he tormented defenders.
Robin Van Persie
Single handedly carried Man United to the title in 2013, but due to injures only had three seasons at the top of his game, and after 2013 became injury prone and was subsequently moved onto Fenerbahçe.
An outstanding finisher and poacher who formed a great partnership with Dwight Yorke at Manchester United, but he was not as technically good as other players on my list
The Top Five
5). Didier Drogba
There was a time when £24 million for Drogba seemed like madness, but over ten years later we look back at it as an absolute bargain. In two spells at Chelsea the prolific Ivorian centre forward scored 104 Premier League goals in 254 Premier League games, a fantastic record to say the least. The centre forward was a physical striker who used his strength and aerial ability to get the best out of defenders, and was the ultimate big game player, often scoring against the big sides and in particular Arsenal and dominating the best of defenders. The Ivorian changed the way we looked at centre forwards, especially under José Mourinho at Chelsea, where he reinvigorated the role. Drogba won four Premier League titles in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015 and won the Golden Boot in 2007 and 2010, as well as getting in the PFA team of the year in the same seasons. A truly outstanding player, who sealed his final spells at Chelsea winning the Champions League with his penalty kick, and winning the Premier League three years later upon his return.
Drogba will always be an icon at Stamford Bridge.
194 goals in 438 games puts Wayne Rooney as the second all time top goals scorer in Premier League history, and he is six goals away from hitting the 200 landmark which only Alan Shearer has reached. Lacking pace, Rooney uses his football brain and strength to get the better of opponents and win matches for his side. England’s all time top scorer was the last English player to be names in the 2011 FIFAPro Team of the year, the same year as his standout overhead kick goal against Man City in 2011. Despite this, it is widely believed that having played 14 seasons in the Premier League, he should have surpassed the 200 mark and possibly Alan Shearer’s record by now, and his poor form over the last seasons has see him moved into a deeper role where he has still under performed. He has been dropped by both club and nation, and although Rooney has been a great striker he has not lived up to his full potential by any means, only scoring over 20 goals in a season twice in the 09/10 and 11/12 seasons, without winning a single Golden Boot. With 5 Premier League titles to his name and what is likely to be 200 goals plus, Rooney will always go down as a Premier League legend, but people will always wonder what more there could have been from him.
Rooney has won one Champions League and several Premier League titles, and is closing in on 200 league goals.
The little Argentine has become one of the best forwards in premier league history for what seems to be a bargain fee of £38 million. Agüero is statistically the most efficient scorer in Premier League history scoring 110 Premier League goals in 159 Premier League games. In fact it took Agüero to score the same amount of goals as Drogba (104) in 102 less games. Notably Agüero has the best minutes to goal ratio of any player in Premier League history, averaging a goal every 109 minutes, and Agüero also holds the joint record of scoring five goals in one match for which is the quickest to do so in only 23 minutes and 34 seconds, and is the highest scoring South American in Premier League history. The little Argentine is the second quickest player to reach 100 Premier League goals only behind Alan Shearer and has scored over twenty goals in three of his five full Premier League seasons, having missed 35 Premier League games in total, 15 of which in one season where he still managed 17 goals in 23 games. Jamie Redknapp said that he believes only Thierry Henry is better in Premier league history, which is the highest praise most players can get. Agüero is technically gifted and undoubtedly a Premier League great with one Golden Boot and two Premier League titles to his name so far! It is criminal that with his sensational goal scoring record even with injuries, winning the Golden Boot by a five goal margin and having two titles to his name, that he had never been in the PFA team if the year!
Agüero is easily one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history, his record alone speaks for itself!
What is there left to say about Thierry Henry? The most technically gifted striker there has ever been in Premier League history and arguably the best striker in the world in his prime. Converted from a left inside forward/winger to a striker by manager Arsene Wenger proved to be a masterclass, as in his eight years at Arsenal from 1999-2007 the incredible Frenchman scored 175 goals in 258 games in two spells for the Gunners, racking up three Football Writers Player of the year award, as well four Golden Boots, of which three of them in 2004, 2005 and 2006 were in consecutive seasons, showing his dominance in the Premier League. His electrifying pace, dribbling and ability to score from almost anywhere was something the Premier League had never seen before. He formed an exceptional partnership with Denis Bergkamp (who it has to be said i didn’t place on this last as he was more of a number ten than a striker) and in one season scored 30 goals in a season where he only missed one game and Arsenal went unbeaten. Henry was in five UEFA Team of the Years and was runner up in the 2003 Ballon D’or to Pavel Nedved. As well as being in the FIFAPro World XI in 2006, Henry also won the 1998 FIFA World cup. He is the highest scoring Frenchman in Premier League history and helped Arsenal win the Premier League in the 2003/2004 season without losing a single match, an achievement no team has ever repeated. Henry will always be dubbed as one of the greatest player to ever play the beautiful game, and is for sure a Premier League legend.
Thierry Henry was the most technically gifted striker that the Premier League has ever seen. His minutes to goals ratio is second only to Sergio Agüero.
In my opinion, the greatest striker of his generation, one must wonder what Alan Shearer in his prime would cost in todays market? The man could do everything; he could score with his left foot, his right foot or his head, and he could use his sheer strength and brutality to beat the best of defenders. If truth be told for a player of his quality it’s farcical that he only has one Premier League title to his name, which came in 1995 with Blackburn Rovers for whom he scored 112 goals in 138 games for in a four season spell at the club, an exceptional record. Shearer moved onto Newcastle his boyhood club with whom he spent ten seasons with before retirement for a world record fee at the time, scoring 148 goals in 303 games. Shearer’s record of being the first player to score 200 goals plus will always remain and he is the quickest player to reach 100 goals in Premier League history. Shearer also came third place in 1996 Ballon D’or, as well as winning three Premier League Golden Boots, and winning the Football Writers Tribute award in 2001 and being inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Shearer also has the record for most Premier league goals scored in a 42 game season scoring 34, and most goals scored in a 38 game season scoring 31, a record shared with Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Englishman also got the accolade of being named in the PFA Team of the Century which was from 1907-2007. Shearer is in my opinion the greatest striker to have ever graced the Premier League, and considering the two major injuries he got, imagine how many more goals he would have scored if he remained injury free. One thing that must be said is that although his record isn’t as clinical as other players, he had two major injuries that made him miss two years. If he had avoided those injuries and especially if he had joined Manchester United, who at the time were the best team in England, he would easily have smashed the 300 goal barrier. An unbelievable player, and in my opinion the greatest striker in Premier League history.
Alan Shearer (left) is the first player to reach the 200 goal mark, and will always be the quickest to do it.
Do you agree with my list, if not what changes would you make?
This article was written by Ben Tipper. Twitter – @bentippermcfc