The Best Strikers In The Premier League Era

Posted By Peter Taberner on January 18, 2020

Sergio Aguero celebrated a huge milestone after scoring a Premier League record-breaking 12th hat trick in Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa last weekend.

The Argentinean is one of the elite strikers in the history of the Premier League. But is he the best?

Here is a look at the six best at putting the ball in the back of the net during the Premier League era.

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SERGIO AGUERO

Aguero’s exploits at Villa Park has made him the most prolific overseas goalscorer in Premier League history.

The 31- year-old has hit the back of the net a hugely impressive 177 times in 255 league games since his £36 million move from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He has also weighed in with a further 53 assists over the past eight and a half years.

Aguero’s best scoring total was 26 goals in 33 matches in the 2014/15 season. Yet his time in England will always be defined by his strike on the last day of his first season in the Premier League in 2012. On that day, Manchester City took the title away from neighbours Manchester United with Aguero’s last gasp iconic winner against QPR. AgUERROOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Aguero plans to call time on his career at the Etihad when his current contract expires in 2021, as he wishes to return to his first club Independiente.

ALAN SHEARER

No one comes close to Shearer’s Premier League record of 260 goals in 441 games.

Shearer was the ultimate classic number nine striker, with the ability to score goals for fun. In the inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93, Shearer made a British record £3.6 million move to the Jack Walker funded Blackburn Rovers from Southampton. He quickly repaid that faith with 16 goals in 21 matches before a knee injury cut short his first season at Ewood Park.

Shearer won the Premier League title with Rovers in the 1994/5 season, surprisingly his only major honour. Predictably, he was a vital cog in that title winning team, scoring 34 goals in an ever present season appearing in all 42 games.

Shearer moved to his hometown club Newcastle for a then world record £15 million in 1996. He then became the Premier League’s top scorer for the third time in a row in his first season at St James’ Park.

THIERRY HENRY

Henry was one of the most elegant and technically gifted players to ever play on UK shores.

The Frenchman benefited from the astute decision from Arsene Wenger to convert him from an out and out left winger to a central striker when he arrived at Highbury in 1999 following an unsuccessful spell at Juventus.

Henry scoring tally reached 175 goals on 258 games. While not eclipsing Shearer, his goal ratio per game was comfortably better.

His goals were often spectacular rather than tap ins. He managed 24 league goals in Arsenal’s double winning season in 2001/2. He netted a further 30 goals on 37 appearances in Arsenal’s “invincibles” unbeaten year of 2003/04.

ERIC CANTONA

Manchester United were struggling for creativity and inspiration in the first ever Premier League season, as they looked to end a 25 year title drought.

Then Sir Alex Ferguson wrote down the name of Eric Cantona on a piece of paper, as Leeds United enquired about the availability of Denis Irwin.

A deal for £1.2 million was soon completed.

The charismatic Cantona transformed United, adding a whole new dimension and panache to their play. He helped build a new found confidence to a team that was agonisingly pipped by Leeds to the last First Division title.

United eventually won their first league championship for over a quarter of a century with Cantona a pivotal factor.

The Frenchman went on to win three more title medals, including two doubles in the 1993/4 and the 1995/6 seasons. The latter double happened after he came back from suspension following the infamous kung fu kick on a spectator at a game at Crystal Palace.

Cantona scored 70 goals in 156 games before his retirement in 1997. More tellingly, he was credited with 50 assists.

His influence was as great as any player in the Premier League era.

DENNIS BERGKAMP

Bergkamp made a huge impact after his £7.5 million move to Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1995.

The Dutchman was on fire in the Gunners’ double winning season of 1997/98, scoring 16 goals with a further 11 assists. He went on to be awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the year award that season,.

Bergkamp went onto to win two more Premier League title medals in 2002 and 2004 as part of the “invincibles” season.

Overall, Bergkamp scored 87 goals and provided 67 assists in ten years with Arsenal. His silky style of play and footballing intelligence will live long in the memory of Arsenal supporters.

WAYNE ROONEY

Rooney burst onto the scene as the age of just 16 as his stunning strike gave Everton a 2-1 won over the champions Arsenal in 2002.

Two years later, after a superb Euro 2004 tournament for England, Sir Alex Ferguson was persuaded to spend up to £27 million on the teenager to take him to Manchester United.

Rooney enjoyed a highly successful 13 years at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles.

In 2007/08 he was a huge figure in the Premier League and Champions League double winning team, combining superbly with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yet his best spell came in the 2009/10 season. However, Rooney hit his highest goal tally of 27 in 2011/12.

In total, Rooney scored 208 goals in 491 Premier League appearances, with only Shearer hitting the back of the net more times since 1992. Rooney is now the highest goalscorer in Manchester United’s history with 253 goals in all competitions, taking over Bobby Charlton’s record.

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