The Premier League’s 100 Club is a list that a minimal percentage of elite players have broken into since the Premier League’s inception.
Since 1992 there has been over 3000 different goal scorers in the English top flight and of that number a mere 29 have broken the 100 goal mark.
That’s a staggering statistic when you think about it.
Over the next few weeks I will be taking a look at all the different goal scorers to grace the mega elite list.
Before we dive into the list, at the end of each analysis there will be a grading or level given to each player in regards to just how good they were.
There are five levels in which the players on the coveted list will be given: Ridiculously, Incredibly, Insanely, World Class and Off The Charts.
Ridiculously is Level 5 or the lowest level and Off the Charts in Level 1 or the highest level.
Note: Levels given are purely my opinion, but I’d love to hear what yours are too so let us know in the comments.
Matt Le Tissier – 100 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
Saints legend, Sky Sports Pundit and 100 Club member. Le Tiss spent his entire Premier League career at Southampton after rising through the youth academy.
The former midfielder was a part of the Saints side that were in the ‘Premier League’ in ’92, after playing in the First Division for six years.
Le Tissier scored 15 goals in the debut season before hitting 25 in the 1993/94 season. Two seasons, 40 goals, not a bad haul to start the Premier League era.
19 goals followed in his third season before a lowly seven in 1995/96. That bought his tally to 66 in the league.
Two more double digit seasons, 13 and 11 followed as he continued to work his way to 100 goals, only 10 remained going into the 98/99 season.
In his final three seasons with the Saints Le Tissier scored six, three and one goals, reaching the landmark goal tally of 100 by the end of 2000/01 season.
Le Tissier didn’t just score goals though, as he managed 64 assists in 270 appearances.
Just how good was he? Ridiculously
Jamie Vardy – 101 Goals*Embed from Getty Images
101 goals and counting for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. The former non-league striker has lit the Premier League stage alight since 2014.
In the Foxes debut season back in the top flight Vardy opened his account against Manchester United. Although the Englishman only scored five goals in his first season it got insanely better in his second season.
The then 28-year-old helped himself to 24 goals in a title-winning Leicester side who beat 5000-1 odds to lift a maiden Premier League trophy.
Since the title win, Vardy and Leicester have gone from strength to strength maintaining a high level of quality.
13 goals followed in the 2016/17 season before he hit 20 prior to the end of the 17/18 season. Vardy continued to hit doubled figures for the next two seasons with 18 last season and a further 21 so far this season.
The speed in which Vardy has managed to get to 100+ Premier League goals has been electric and the 31-year-old will most likely add to his tally before the end of this season.
Just how good is he? World Class
Didier Drogba – 104 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
Chelsea’s main focal point in attack for the best part of a decade, Didier Drogba was a menace upfront for most defences.
The Ivorian was part of the Chelsea side that secured multiple Premier League titles (4) and domestic trophies.
In his debut season back in 2004, the Blues hitman struck 10 goals, not bad for his first season.
For the next two seasons, Drogba again hit double figures bettering his first season with 12 goals in 2005/06 and 20 goals in 2006/07.
Drogba surprisingly had a two season blip from 2007 where he scored only eight during the 2007/08 and just five the season after.
However, Drogba’s piste de resistance and legendary status came during the 2009/10 season, where he scored a whopping 29 goals in 32 games. Helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side to Premier League glory.
A further 11 goals came in 2010/11 as Drogba continued to flex his goal scoring muscles and in his final two seasons scored a total of nine goals to round off his Chelsea career with a flourish.
Just how good was he? World Class
Darren Bent – 106 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
Darren Bent had many clubs during his Premier League career, initially playing for Ipswich in 2001/02 in which he scored one goal in five appearances.
Bent then spent four seasons out of the top flight before returning in 2005/06 with Charlton Athletic and upon his return with the Addicks, scored 18 goals in back-to-back seasons and 13 in his final season with the club in 2006/07.
A big move to Spurs then came about in 2007/08, however the striker managed on two seasons in North London. In his first season Bent netted six times before doubling his tally in his second and final season.
Heading into the 2009/10 season Bent signed for Sunderland, scoring 24 goals in 38 games in his debut season before scoring just eight in 20 games during second year with the club, moving in January to Aston Villa.
Bent scored nine goals in 16 games to end the 2010/11 season. In his first full season with Villa managed nine goals in 22 games, taking him to 100 goals.
The goals started to dry up of Bent in his second full season, as he managed just three goals in 16 games. Another move ensued in the 2013/14 to Fulham on loan.
Unfortunately for Bent he again managed a lowly three goals in 24 games for West London club, and subsequently ended his Premier League career by moving to Derby in 2015.
Just how good was he? Incredibly
Paul Scholes – 107 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
A Manchester United regular since 1994, at the club from 1992-2013 – Paul Scholes was the epitome of the Red Devils midfield for two decades.
Probably couldn’t be classed as prolific goal scorer from midfield but was a constant threat with his bullet shot and incredible accuracy.
Scholes scored five goals in the 1994/95 season before netting a further 10 one season later. During the 1996/97 season the maestro added another three.
In 10 seasons, between 1997 – 2007, Scholes netted a total of 87 goals, with his most prolific season being a 14 goal haul in 2002/03.
For his final five seasons Scholes added on average two goals a season to his tally, taking him past the 100 goal mark and beyond to a nice total of 107.
Scholes won a total of 11 Premier League titles over his 21-year United career.
Just how good was he? Insanely
Peter Crouch – 108 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
The human robot, Peter Crouch towered over most defences and goalkeepers and despite his frame was highly mobile and scored goals.
Crouch began his Premier League career with Spurs back in the 1998/99 season, however for three seasons made no appearances. So he made the switch to Aston Villa in 2001/02.
In his first season the 6ft 7in striker scored two goals in seven games, before adding four more goals two seasons later (after failing to score in his second season).
Crouch then made the move to the South coast with Southampton, and in his first, and only, season netted 12 goals in 27 games to secure a big move to Liverpool.
Crouch spent four seasons at Anfield, netting a total of 30 goals in 107 appearances. He then went back down south, this time to Portsmouth, where he spent one season – netting 11 goals before Spurs came calling. After not playing a single game in three seasons in his youth, Crouchy returned for another three years.
2009/10 was his debut season in North London and he scored eight goals in 38 games. During his second season he netted half that in 34 games.
The 2011/12 season bought about another move, this time to Stoke City – the place in which he spent the most time in his career. It was with the Potters that Crouch made it to 100+ goals. During his seven seasons Crouch netted 45 goals, taking his Premier League tally to 108 goals.
Just how good was he? Incredibly
Ryan Giggs – 109 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
The Welsh Wizard, part of the Class of ’92, Ryan Giggs terrorised defences for the best part of two decades. Not unlike Scholes, he became a United Legend in the process.
From 1992 to 2002 Giggs netted a staggering 80 goals, with his highest season tally of 13 goals in 1993/94.
80 goals in 10 years for a winger is extraordinary and the Welshman didn’t stop there. Giggs netted a further 38 in his next 12 seasons to take him well past the 100 goal mark and just short of the 110 mark.
A one club man, Giggs spent his entire career with the Red Devils before retiring in 2014.
Giggs won a phenomenal 13 titles with United in his 22 year service.
Just how good was he? World Class
Emile Heskey – 110 GoalsEmbed from Getty Images
Now I know what you’re thinking, Emile Heskey scored over 100 goals? As much as it might be hard to believe Heskey netted well over 100 goals in the Premier League.
Heskey’s Premier League career spanned almost two decades and five clubs. He began at Leicester City back in 1996, netting 10 goals in his debut season, before scoring another 10 a season later. And 20 goals in two seasons is pretty reasonable for a striker.
Heskey spent a further two seasons with the Foxes netting 13 goals over his final seasons before he got a move to Liverpool.
Now, Heskey didn’t exactly hit the ground running in the 1999/00 season, netting a lowly three goals in 12 appearances. However, hit 14 goals in his second season at Anfield (his most prolific record). Heskey spent three seasons more at the Reds from 2001-2004, where he scored a total of 22 goals before moving to Birmingham.
Heskey spent two seasons with Birmingham, netting a total of 14 goals in 102 appearances. A move to Wigan Athletic then came in 2006/07 and it was at Wigan where Heskey past the 100 goal mark. During his two and a half seasons with the Lactics, he scored 15 goals in total.
Heskey’s Premier League career came to an end in 2012, after he made the move to Aston Villa in 2008. His time at Villa lasted three and a half seasons where he netted nine goals – taking him to a total of 110 goals in the Premier League.
Just how good was he? Incredibly
That concludes the opening list of the 100 Club: Just how good were they.
Next week, we move on to analyse those with goals within the 111-120 tally.