EPL History: Who's the Greatest Striker Ever?

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IMay 18, 2008

The Premier League continues to be called and praised as the "best league in the world." One thing it does guarantee is goals, so which player can call himself the greatest striker in Premiership history?

Since its inception in 1992, the EPL has seen some sensational marksmen. To win the league, you needed a ruthless poacher who would net 20-30 goals a year. So who is greatest forward in EPL history?

10) Ian Wright: He scored 113 goals in the EPL, all but nine of them for Arsenal. His arrival helped bring the Gunners much-needed success. He won the FA Cup twice, League Cup once, EPL once, and the Cup Winner's Cup. He moved on to West Ham in 1998, but never hit the same form.

9) Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: The Dutchman has played with four clubs in the EPL: Leeds United, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, and Charlton. He scored 34 for the Whites, 70 for the Blues, 23 for the Teesiders, and just 2 for the Londoners. He had a rocket shot and recently made the FA Cup final with Cardiff. 127 EPL goals.

8) Ruud Van Nistelrooy: Although not in the Top 10 for goals, his 95 strikes in just 150 appearances is deadly to say the least. A $19 million transfer brought expectations, and how he delivered. Ferguson finally decided he was past his best, despite 24 goals in his last season. He has gone on to terrorize La Liga defenses with Real Madrid.

7) Teddy Sheringham: A journeyman to say the least, playing for nine clubs, of which four were in the EPL. His sensational form at Spurs brought a move to Manchester United, where he racked up 31 goals. He scored and assisted in the dramatic last minute Champions League win over Bayern Munich in 1999. Moves back to Spurs, Portsmouth and West Ham saw him bring his EPL goal tally to 146.

6) Les Ferdinand: Scored most of his 149 goals at Newcastle and Spurs. At St. James's Park, he forged a partnership with Shearer and helped himself to 41 goals. At Spurs he managed 33, spells with West Ham, Leicester, Bolton and Reading saw him continue to bang them in.

5) Michael Owen: The England international is the only player in the Top 10 still playing in the EPL. Led the Liverpool line extremely well, grabbing an amazing 118 goals for the Merseysiders. A brief spell in Spain with Real Madrid, followed by a return to England with Newcastle. Has scored 18 goals with Newcastle to date.

4) Robbie Fowler: The man Liverpool fans simply call "God" was without a doubt one of the greatest forwards in the game's history. Injuries curtailed his career, but he still managed 128 goals in two spells at Anfield. Scored a further 35 with Leeds and Man City.

3) Andrew Cole: A man who has won it all and has scored goals wherever he went. An amazing 55 goals in just 70 appearances for the Toon made Keegan's decision to part with him all the stranger. United didn't complain, as Cole smashed in 93 strikes at Old Trafford. Scored a further 51 goals with Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and Portsmouth to bring his tally to 187.

2) Thierry Henry: The only player on the list to score all his goals for just one club. 174 strikes for Arsenal elevated him to legend status at Highbury. Scored beautiful goals for eight seasons with the Londoners and many neutrals were gutted to see him leave England for Barcelona. The only player who stood a real chance of breaking the goal scoring record.

1) Alan Shearer: The undisputed king of goalscorers with a seemingly unbeatable record of 260 Premiership goals. He averaged 20 goals a season and still missed two whole seasons through injury. 

Widely recognised as the man who won Blackburn the title with 34 EPL goals. His total at Rovers came to 112 strikes. A then world record £15 million move to Newcastle followed and despite his failure to win a trophy, hit 148 goals for the Toon, 206 in all competitions.

Who do you think is the greatest ever EPL striker or who have I wrongly omitted in your eyes?