Deadly Duos: Best Strike Partnerships The Premier League Has Ever Seen

Matthew OrdContributor IJanuary 14, 2011

Deadly Duos: Best Strike Partnerships The Premier League Has Ever Seen

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    Over the years, there have been some truly great strike partnerships in the Premier League.

    A lot of the time though, people tend to single out individual strikers as opposed to the actual partnership some players have.

    Admittedly, there's been some not-so-great ones as well. But for now, you can decide on those for yourselves because here we're focusing on the best of the best.

    But which one trumped the lot?

    And please, if there's any partnerships you feel should've made an appearance on the list, then do let me know.

10: Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton

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    A partnership a lot of people won't remember and that some people won't even know existed.

    The two scored 58 goals between them the season that Blackburn won the title.

    The partnership didn't last long however, with Shearer scoring 36 the next season, whilst Sutton only managed to find the net once.

    Shearer now works as a pundit for the BBC, while Sutton now longer plays a prominent role in football.

9: Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane

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    This was the partnership that first saw Tottenham sustain a consistent challenge for the fourth spot.

    The pair of them couldn't stop scoring whilst in each other's company and fired their team to Carling Cup glory, beating Chelsea in the final 2-1.

    Berbatov now plays for Manchester United, whilst Keane is still at Tottenham after a brief stint at Liverpool.

8: Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn

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    Sunderland might not be known for challenging for titles or winning trophies, but when these two were on the side, they were a match for any defence in the league.

    Quinn's height and Phillips' speed made for a mammoth amount of goals between the pair, seeing them record their highest ever Premier League finish in seventh at the end of the 1999/2000 season.

    Phillips now plays on for Birmingham City, whilst Quinn is chairman of Sunderland.

7: Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand

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    The Shearer/Ferdinand combination didn't last long: one season. But in that season they managed 49 goals between them as Newcastle finished second in the league behind rivals Manchester United.

    Shearer had a brief stint as Newcastle manager, but now works as a pundit for the BBC. Ferdinand meanwhile, works as a striker coach at former club Tottenham Hotspur.

6: Eidur Gudjonsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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    Arguably the strike partnership that ignited Chelsea's run of success in the Premier League, these two played together for four seasons and help their club to a second-place finish in 2003/04. Merely a sign of things to come.

    Gudjohnsen now plays for Stoke City, whilst Hasselbaink is preparing to get his coaching license.

5: Michael Owen and Emile Heskey

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    After signing from Leicester, big things were expected from Heskey. And he delivered, along with Michael Owen.

    In the three seasons they spent together, they qualified for Europe each year and won the League Cup once. All together, they managed 105 goals between them.

    Owen now plays for Manchester United, whilst Heskey is playing for Aston Villa.

4: Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley

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    This may come as a shock choice at No. 4, but these two were lethal in front of goal. Between them, over the space of two seasons, they scored an amazing 95 goals.

    The team didn't win any trophies and never really challenged for the league title, but that doesn't take away the fact that these two, when they played together, scored for fun.

    Cole is now a football pundit, whilst Beardsley stayed with the club after retirement, coaching the academy.

3: Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler

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    The second Liverpool duo to appear in the countdown, Collymore and Fowler scored 100 times in all competitions two seasons to see Liverpool twice qualify for Europe and finish runners up in the FA Cup.

    Albeit Fowler got the majority of the goals, but Collymore outshone the great Ian Rush by being on hand to set most of them up.

    A shame that the duo only spent two years together, but it was so sweet whilst it lasted.

    Collymore now has a newspaper column and works as a pundit, whilst Fowler is seeing out his playing days in Australia for Perth Glory.

2: Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp

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    These two played alongside each other for six years, notching up a league and cup double along the way, as well as scoring at least 200 times between them. Bergkamp started the move, Henry finished it. Simple.

    Bergkamp did chip in with the goalscoring and, had they won more trophies together, they might very well have been at No 1.

    Henry now plays in the MLS for New York Red Bulls, whilst Bergkamp has worked as a trainee coach at Ajax in order to help him become a coach in the future.

1: Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke

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    The best partnership that not only the Premier League has even seen, but maybe even Europe. These two scored 53 goals in the 1998/99 season to see Manchester United become the first team to complete the treble; Premier League, F.A Cup and Champions League.

    The following season they retained their league title, scoring another 44 goals between them. A third consecutive league title followed, but the partnership came to end a year later when Cole was sold to Blackburn Rovers after the arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    Yorke followed suit a year later and once again partnered Cole at Blackburn, but the pair never found the form that had seen them win countless trophies with United.

    Cole now works as a football pundit, whilst Yorke is pursuing his coaching badges.

The Forgotten Few...

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    So there we have it, the greatest strike partnerships, in my opinion of course, to ever feature in the Premier League.

    Hope you enjoyed it!

    Also, please let me know if you feel as though I have forgotten any partnerships, and I will add them to this page in recognition.