Ranking the Top 10 Strikers in the 2010-11 Premier League Season

Alex French@alex_frenchCorrespondent IJune 3, 2011

Ranking the Top 10 Strikers in the 2010-11 Premier League Season

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    The 2010-2011 English Premier League season is officially in the books. 

    This season saw new records being formed, with the most goals scored ever during a 38-day match period with 1,063 total goals.  Moreover, a new record of average goals per game was set at 2.8.

    These statistics beg the question, though, who was scoring all these goals?

    It most certainly wasn't the centre-half population; more likely it was their counterpart contingent: the centre forwards.

    A striker's main duty is to score goals, no argument there.  Yet what separates the good from the great is the timeliness of their goals, and both if and how they help their team win.

    With that being said, let's take a look at the top performers from this season.

10. Javier Hernandez

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood park on May 14, 2011 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty
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    Young Hernandez had big shoes to fill this season, especially with Rooney on the sideline for 13 games due to injury.

    He tallied two more goals than his teammate, with a final total of 13 for the campaign.

    Chicharito, as he is more commonly known, scored a number of important goals for the Red Devils in 27 appearances this season, whether he started or came off the bench.

    He became a fan favorite his first season in Manchester, and was recently voted Player of the Year by United's fans on their website. 

9. Clint Dempsey

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Blackpool at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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    Dempsey has had a lasting impact ever since he joined the club in 2007, helping the Cottagers to success in Europe and top-half finishes in the league.

    The American found the back of the net 12 times in Premier League competition this season, leading his team in that category.

    This season's tally saw him become the club's all time leading scorer with 33 goals, surpassing Steed Malbranque and fellow American Brian Mcbride.

    More importantly, Dempsey's goals helped his team to another top 10 finish in the table for the second time in the last three seasons.

8. Andy Carroll

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Andy Carroll of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool  and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 1, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Andy Carroll has gained a large deal of notoriety because of his £35 million transfer fee that sent him to Liverpool in January.

    He also has received much attention because of a thigh injury sustained in late December that delayed his Liverpool debut until March 6.

    Though he only scored two goals for the Reds this campaign, he netted 11 goals for Newcastle in the first five months of the season—leaving his final tally at 13. 

7. Darren Bent

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    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Darren Bent of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the equaliser during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on April 23, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/
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    Bent was the fourth-highest goalscorer in the Premier League this season, netting a total 17 times for clubs Sunderland and Aston Villa.

    He enjoyed similar success with both sides, scoring eight times in 20 appearances for the Black Cats and nine times in 16 appearances for Villa, scoring on his debut.

    Regardless the color jersey the 27-year-old wore this term, he routinely found ways to the back of the net.

6. Peter Odemwingie

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    WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Peter Odemwingie of WBA scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion at Molineux on May 8, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England.
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    West Bromwich Albion surprised many this season with an 11th place finish in the table, and more so was standout Peter Odemwingie and his club record 15 Premier League goals.

    Having signed from Lokomotiv Moscow a day prior to West Brom's first match, he burst onto the English football scene scoring in his debut for the club.

    The Nigerian was the first player in WBA history to score in four consecutive games and was named Premier League Player of the Month twice this campaign

    Only six others have done so since the award's inception.

5. Wayne Rooney

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood park on May 14, 2011 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean
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    Yes, Rooney was limited to only 25 Premier League appearances due to injury this season, but in those appearances he registered 11 goals and 11 assists.

    He continually scores big goals for the Red Devils, and did so on the final day of the season with a penalty that secured their record 19th league title.

    The 25-year-old not only scores consistently but sets up teammates as well, which makes him a constant dual threat and difficult for any defense to contain.

4. Didier Drogba

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea evades Antolin Alcaraz of Wigan Athletic during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on April 9, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty
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    What would a "top 10 strikers" list be with out Didier Drogba?

    It would cease to exist.

    This year Drogba didn't enjoy a 20-or-more goal season he normally records, but his final tally of 12 goals—a few of which being Drogba-esque "screamers"—were enough to crack the list.

    What's strikingly more impressive than his 12 goals were his 15 assists.  He, like Rooney, combines great vision and attacking prowess on-the-ball, forming an offensive nightmare for opponents.

3. Robin Van Persie

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal strikes the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Robin Van Persie is known for two things: constant injuries and scoring goals.

    This season, he was limited to 24 appearances in the league due to minor injuries, but impressively tallied 18 goals for the Gunners. 

    Arsenal's collapse in the later stage of the season had no reflection on Van Persie's goal-scoring, with the 27-year-old scoring eight times in the final 10 Premier League matches.

    When the Dutch frontman isn't fighting the injury bug, he's consistently scoring goals and doing so in world-class fashion.

2. Carlos Tevez

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 10, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Re
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    Carlos Tevez enjoyed a wonderful season in terms of form on the pitch, scoring 21 times and winning a share of the Golden Boot with Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.

    Off the pitch though, was somewhat of a different story.

    Speculation surrounded the Argentine, and reports of him wanting out of Manchester due to a clash with manager Roberto Mancini surfaced.

    Whether or not his had a direct impact on Tevez's play remains to be determined, but one thing is certain: the man can flat out score, and did so quite often this season.

1. Dimitar Berbatov

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Dimatar Berbatov of Manchester United celebrates scoring the winning goal in the dying minutes during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford on March 19, 2011 in Man
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    Dimitar Berbatov's success this season may have come as a slight surprise, considering his first two seasons with the Red Devils were less than spectacular.

    2010-11 saw the Bulgarian find his feet, so to say, netting a total of 21 times and earning a share of the Premier League's Golden Boot.

    Three hat tricks, goal of the season candidate, and the Premier League's best goal-scoring record—in only 24 appearances may I add—see Berbatov top this pretentious list of talent.