From the start, the premier league was the place to see goalscorers. The way the league has evolved has brought a huge variety in the styles of strikers, from the likes of Les Ferdinand and Andy Carroll who were always ready to get their heads on the end of a cross to poachers like Owen and Fowler.
Here we pick our top 6 Premier League strikers of all time. We've used a number of stats from last season to quantify our rankings, as well as a player's overall contribution to the game in recent times. So who makes it into our top 10?
6) Robin van Persie
Van Persie possesses exceptional ball control and is also a talented forward of the ball. He was bought by Arsenal as a long-term replacement for Dennis. Former Coach Arsene Wenger planned to convert Van Persie from a left-winger to a Striker as he had successfully done with star player Henry.
The Dutch international is also a set-piece specialist and a vast number of his assists come from both corners and free-kicks, He is also a proven direct free kick taker scoring regularly for his club and country.
5) Eric Cantona
Regarded as one of the best players of his generation, one of the greatest Premier League players of all time, and as one of France's and Old Trafford greatest players ever, Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans as "King Eric". A large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious player, Cantona was a world-class forward, who combined technical skill and creativity with power and goalscoring ability.
4) Wayne Rooney
A prolific goalscorer in his prime at Old Trafford, The British star was a powerful striker of the ball and an accurate finisher, who was capable of scoring goals both inside and outside the penalty area, as well as from volleys. He was praised for his work rate and stamina by players, managers and the media, and was highly regarded for his dedication and willingness to press opponents.
3) Sergio Aguero
Only Manchester neighbours Andy Cole and Wayne Rooney on this list can match Sergio Aguero for the number of Premier League champions medals.
A prolific goalscorer, Agüero's playing style is characterised by agility, acceleration, excellent movement off the ball, and strength, being described as "sharp and clever" by former Argentine player Osvaldo, a view which is shared by his international captain Lionel Messi, who believes Agüero possesses "immense power, strength and an incredible work ethic.
2) Didier Drogba
Voted Chelsea's greatest ever player in a poll of 20,000 fans by the Blues Magazine, Didier Drogba’s performance in the 2012 Champions League final retains its place in Blues lore. Scoring Chelsea’s equaliser against Bayern Munich then despatching the winning penalty earned the Ivory Coast striker the nickname the Lion of Munich.
1) Thierry Henry
Henry is occasionally known to move out wide to the left-wing position, something which enables him to contribute heavily in assist: between 2002–03 and 2004–05, the striker managed almost 50 assists in total and this was attributed to his unselfish play and creativity. Ranking Henry the greatest player in Premier League history.
Content created and supplied by: Osho123 (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More