He Scores When He Wants: The Premier League’s Best Ever Goalscorers
September 08, 2015
As Harry Kane plundered the winning goal at Everton on the last day of the season, he celebrated his 31st strike of the season cemented his reputation as England’s great white hope. There are even a number of experts who are predicting that Kane will become the Premier League’s next great goalscorer, following in the footsteps of some of the games’ most illustrious stars.
As Harry Kane plundered the winning goal at Everton on the last day of the season, he celebrated his 31st strike of the season cemented his reputation as England’s great white hope. There are even a number of experts who are predicting that Kane will become the Premier League’s next great goalscorer, following in the footsteps of some of the games’ most illustrious stars. In fact, Harry Kane could well be the man who supersedes Manchester United star Wayne Rooney as the Premier Leagues leading hit-man. But who will Kane join? There are an elite list of superstars he could follow in the footsteps of, and he’s made the perfect start to joining these three unbelievable goalscoring talents…
Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
While Van Nistelrooy’s former Manchester United colleague Andrew Cole is second on the all-time, EPL goalscoring list, the strike-rate and success of the Dutchman gives him an edge in terms of sheer impact. With an incredible 95 goals in just 150 Premier League appearances, Van Nistelrooy took the league by storm despite making the difficult transition from Dutch football and recovering from a career threatening knee injury that delayed his Old Trafford move. The Dutchman also holds the record for consecutive goalscoring in the top-flight, having scored for 10 consecutive games during the 2002-2003 season.
R Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
One of the best players to ever grace the Premier League, it is hard to imagine that the Frenchman was once a winger who was considered to lack a viable end product. This changed during his time at Arsenal, however, where his game was developed by Arsene Wenger and he emerged as the clubs greatest ever goalscorer. He eventually plundered 175 goals in just 254 games, while also winning two league titles, four FA Cups and playing a pivotal role in the Gunners’ unbeaten season of 2003-2004. As quick and stylish as he was predatory, Henry will be remembered as one of the best ever foreign imports into the EPL.
Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)
The Premier League’s leading goalscorer of all time, Shearer bagged 260 goals in an illustrious career representing Newcastle, Southampton, and Blackburn. In his prime, Shearer was quick, powerful and lethal, equally capable of poaching goals from close range or scoring from distance. He was also incredibly strong in the air, while he managed to successfully adapt his game after two career threatening knee injuries. Having also sacrificed the pursuit of honours to represent his boyhood team, Shearer will also go down as a legend on Tyneside.