He did things other players could only dream of doing. He managed about 1 in 3 for Arsenal but his overall contribution went a lot further than just scoring goals. His best season was undoubtedly the 2009/10 season where he scored an impressive 26 league goals in 32 appearances.
9. Saying that, he still manages to maintain a record of 1 in 2 for the blues and is still regarded as one of the most dangerous forwards in the game.
My number 9 is:
Andy Cole is just behind Shearer in terms of premier league goals scored coming in second.
Picking the strikers was the hardest part of the whole hub. Cole, like Shearer was born to score goals and sniffed out opportunities on a regular basis. When signed from Juventus for £10m he was widely regarded as a winger. He averaged a goal every other game for the whole of his career and is the premier league’s record scorer. Alan Shearer
Thierry Henry is the first to make the shortlist. Arsene Wenger however had other plans, turning him into one of the best strikers in world football. Add that to his lightning fast thinking and finishing ability then you’ve got one top top footballer. His seemingly telepathic partnership with Dwight Yorke was feared throughout europe.
The second nomination is another goal machine who goes by the name of Alan Shearer. Like Bergkamp, Drogba is much more to his team than the goals he scores. Blessed with outstanding pace, superb close control and skill he became Arsenal’s all time leading scorer before moving to Barcelona in 2007. His incredible ball control is as good as you will ever see. I’d actually say he was a creator first and a goalscorer second.
Despite his personal problems Wayne Rooney remains one of the world’s most complete strikers. He burst onto the scene with Everton as a 16 year old, scoring a superb goal against Arsenal. He always seemed to miss a lot of chances but like all top strikers he was in the right positions and put away a hell of a lot of chances too. His incredible strength creates space for his teammates as well as giving opposing centre backs nightmares for weeks. Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Paulo Di Canio, Gianfranco Zola, Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright, Eric Cantona, and Teddy Sheringham could have all made the list.
The last player on the list is Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.
So now we move onto the last position in the team, the strikers. His strength, ball control, aerial ability, and superb football brain makes him an easy choice for the list. It was incredibly hard picking just 6 candidates for the 2 positions but here’s my attempt.. He was an old fashioned number 9, good in the air, strong, a powerful right foot, good at holding the ball up and bringing others into play, but most of all he scored goals, a bucket load.
Has their ever been a more technically gifted player to have graced the premiership than Dennis Bergkamp? I personally don’t think there has