2007-08 Premier League Team Of The Year: The Strikers

Tim YuSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2008

Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

When Fernando Torres was initially acquired for a club transfer record £26 million from Atletico Madrid, Liverpool supporters were expecting big things. And although there were no trophies to show for their efforts this past season, nobody could complain about El Nino's contribution to the Reds of Merseyside.

After netting 33 goals in all competitions, Torres broke Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record for most goals scored by a foreign player in their debut season.

There's few in the world that can slide away goals the way Fernando Torres can, and with his goalscoring ability, a lot of pressure is taken off the shoulders from the likes of Steven Gerrard, Ryan Babel, and Dirk Kuyt to produce goals.

As long as Torres can keep up his goalscoring pace, there's no reason why Liverpool can't at least challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal)

At the beginning of the year, a lot of pundits questioned Arsene Wenger's decision to offload Thierry Henry to Barcelona. Robin Van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Nicklas Bendtner were all young, promising strikers with potential.

But all three of them lacked one crucial thing—experience.

Nobody on the Arsenal squad had the pedigree of Henry, but after another season under his belt, Emmanuel Adebayor stepped up with a world-class season and racked up 30 goals for the Gunners.

With an almost-unstoppable aerial presence, and a predatory instinct that is second to none, Adebayor's potent play up front is a big reason why Arsene Wenger was justified in letting go his former skipper.

Honorable Mentions:

Roque Santa Cruz's (Blackburn) season at Ewood Park has been nothing short of phenomenal. Cruz cracked 23 goals across all competitions. Brought in for a modest £3.5 million from Bayern Munich, the Paraguyan's style of play is a perfect fit for the system that Mark Hughes is trying to implement at Blackburn.

Considering the fact that Ayegbeni Yakubu (Everton) is the first Blues' striker to score more than 20 goals since Peter Beardsley, the record transfer of £11.5 million splashed by David Moyes is more than justified. Producing crucial goals when called upon, in both the Premier League and the UEFA Cup, Yakubu's strong form throughout the season is a big reason why Everton finished in a respectable fifth place in the Premier League.

While Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez (Manchester United) haven't received all the glamour and attention that Cristiano Ronaldo has this season, United's duo up front enjoyed a fine season under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Both players have demonstrated an excellent work ethic and determination throughout this season—and more importantly, they've proven to be absolute terrors when given an opportunity in a dangerous position.

Another striking partnership in Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur) demonstrated a high level of consistency, and put forth another strong season in the Spurs' kit. Both ended up netting 23 goals across all competitions.