Fresh off the back of the third article about the next four players on the 100 Club list, I return with the fourth instalment of just how good were they?
With the focus this time on those with 131-150 goals to their names.
As before, 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.
Harry Kane – 143 Goals*
It’s 143 goals and counting for Harry Kane. The Spurs goal-machine first burst onto the Premier League scene back in 2012, but the fresh-faced 21-year-old only made a single appearance that season before being sent out on loan to Norwich.
Kane’s early chances came a season later in 2013/14 where he netted three times in a limited 10 appearances. Showcasing some of his prowess.
However, the north London native’s big break came in 2014 where he rose the ranks and showed just how capable he was as the lead frontman for Spurs. 34 appearances that season brought a 21 goal haul and he’s never looked back.
Things kept getting better for Kane in the 2015/16 season, as he improved on his tally by netting 25 goals in 38 games and bagged himself his first Premier League Golden Boot in the process.
Another new season, another improved season from the England captain. 2016 was a great season for the striker, 30 appearances and 29 goals took his Premier League tally to 78 after just three full seasons. Oh and back-to-back Golden Boots.
Kane’s stock continue to rise as he starred both for club and for country. The 2017/18 season was Kane’s best ever. He finally hit the 30 goal mark in a single campaign and broke the 100 goal mark in four seasons with Spurs. No Golden Boot this time but his best statistical season to date.
It’s been business as usual for Kane over the past two seasons scoring 17 goals two years ago and a further 18 last season. That took his tally to an impressive 143 goals in 206 games, that’s an average of 1.6 goals a game.
What will the 2020/21 season bring?
Just how good is he? Off the Charts
Robin van Persie – 144 Goals
The Flying Dutchman. Robin van Persie terrorised defences for the best part of 11 years. van Persie made a name for himself at Feyenoord before he made the move to Arsenal in the summer of 2004.
However, he didn’t hit the ground running in north London and managed only 10 goals in two seasons, five in each. But it seemed to click in 2006/07 season where he scored 11 goals in 22 games.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, 21 goals in three seasons isn’t a great return. And to be fair van Persie suffer from injuries early on his Gunners career.
In the 2007/08 season van Persie’s injuries continued to disjoint his progress. The Dutchman netted just seven times in a 15 appearance season. However, he bounced back with a solid season in 2008/09 adding a further 11 goals to his tally – taking him to 39 goals in the Premier League.
Injuries disrupted his 2009/10 season as he added another nine goals to his tally. But, van Persie clicked into high gear come 2010. The striker showed his class netting an impressive 18 goals in 25 games.
It would get much better for van Persie as he stormed to the Golden Boot in the 2011/12 season with a sensational return of 30 goals from 38 games – taking him within touching distance of 100 Premier League goals.
Eight years with the Gunners came to an end in 2012 as van Persie made the move to Manchester United in a £22.5m move.
In van Persie’s debut season with the Red Devils, he continued his form from the previous season – this time netting 26 goals in 38 games. Granting him back-to-back Golden Boots, passing the 100 goal mark and his only Premier League title.
The 2013/14 season would produce another solid season with 12 goals from 21 games and in his final season in England a year later van Persie netted his final 10 Premier League goals to take him to a total 144 goals in 280 games.
Just how good is he? World Class
Teddy Sheringham – 146 goals
Super Teddy Sheringham. Manchester United and Spurs Legend. Sheringham began his Premier League career back when it all began in 1992 with Nottingham Forest.
Sheringham spent two seasons with Forest, with one partial season in the Premier League, during which time he scored one goal in three games before being sold to Spurs in late August 1992. He hit the ground running in his first spell in north London with 21 goals in 38 games (22 for the season) and his only Golden Boot.
The striker continued his good start to life with Spurs scoring 13 goals in 19 matches in his second season with the club. Sheringham’s third season would boast more goals with 18 in 42 games – taking him past the 50 goal mark in three seasons.
Sheringham’s final two seasons of his first stint would continue to produce more goals, 16 in 1995/96 and seven in his final season.
A move to Manchester United presented itself in the summer of 1997 in a £3.5m deal. Unfortunately for Sheringham he couldn’t hit the ground as hot as he did at Spurs. He managed nine in 31 appearances in his debut season – reaching 85 goals in total in the process.
In his second season Sheringham won the first of his three Premier League titles, contributing two goals in 17 games to United’s 80 goal haul as they pipped Arsenal by one point to the title.
A season later Teddy was a two-time Premier League champion as the Red Devils stormed the league by an 18 point margin, with Sheringham netting five goals in 27 games in contribution.
In his final season and for the third season in a row Sheringham was a Premier League title winner, scoring 15 goals in 29 games – surpassing 100 goals – as United beat Arsenal by 10 points to become champions.
Upon the expiry of his contract with United, Sheringham returned to Spurs in the summer of 2001. His first season back the striker netted 10 goals in 34 games.
His second season back, Sheringham improved on his tally by scoring 12 goals in 36 games before another move was on the cards – this time to Portsmouth on a free transfer.
In his one and only season with Pompey, Sheringham scored nine goals in 32 games as Portsmouth beat the drop in their first season in the Premier League. Sheringam’s contract wasn’t renewed by the south coast club and he went on to join West Ham United on a free transfer in the summer of 2004.
Teddy’s first season with the Hammers was in the Championship as he helped the club to promotion through the Play-Offs. In his first season back in the top flight, Sheringham helped himself to six goals in 26 games.
Sheringham’s Premier League career came to an end in 2006/07 and, in his final season with the Hammers, netted his final two goals to bring his tally to 146 goals in 418 games.
Sheringham was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in 2008, after his retirement that year.
Just how good is he? World Class
Les Ferdinand – 149 Goals
We’ve broken into the Top 10 Goalscorers in the Premier League and at No.10 we have QPR and Spurs legend Les Ferdinand.
Ferdinand began his career with QPR back in 1987 and was a part of the side that was involved in the first season of the Premier League in 1992. During the 1992/93 Ferdinand netted an impressive 20 goals in 37 games helping QPR to fifth place that season.
He didn’t stop there though, 1993/94 brought more goals continuing his fine form with 16 goals in 36 matches. In his final season for the R’s Ferdinand went out in style with 24 goals in 37 games and that earned him a move to Newcastle in the summer of 1995.
Ferdinand’s debut season couldn’t have gone much better as he stormed to a 25 goal tally, missing out on the top of the goal scoring charts by six goals – but he had scored 85 goals in four seasons.
In his second season with Newcastle he partnered Alan Shearer upfront and netted 16 goals in 31 games, surpassing the 100 goal mark in the process, before a summer move to Spurs, the club he supported as a child.
In his first and second seasons with Spurs, Ferdinand a total of 10 goals, five in each season, before added a further two goals in nine games in the 1999/00 season.
Ferdinand hit double digits in the 2000/01 season, as he netted 10 goals in 28 games before scoring nine in 25 games in his penultimate season with Spurs.
During his final season Ferdinand played 11 games scoring twice before a move to West Ham where he would score a further two goals before their relegation in 2003.
In the summer of 2003, Ferdinand signed for Leicester City on a free transfer and netted 12 goals in his one and only season for the Foxes. Ferdinand’s final Premier League goal came in the 2004/05 season as he netted one goal in 12 games for Bolton Wanderers – taking his total Premier League tally to 149 goals in 351 games.
Strangely Ferdinand never won a Golden Boot, despite some great tallies during his career.
Just how good is he? World Class
Michael Owen – 150 Goals
At No.9 we have Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle legend Michael Owen.
Owen burst onto the scene in 1996 as a fresh-faced 17-year-old for Liverpool and despite only making two appearances during the season, netted once.
In his first full season with the club in 1997/98, Owen showed why he was a top young talent – as he netted 18 goals in 36 games – finishing joint top goalscorer with Chris Sutton and Dion Dublin and earning his first Golden Boot.
Owen continued his fine form into his second season, as he once again netted an 18 goal haul and finished as joint top goalscorer alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke – earning him second of two Golden Boots.
There was a slight drop in goals during the 1999/00 season with 11 goals in 27 games before returning to the high teens with 16 goals during the 2000/01 season – this took Owen past the 50 goal mark in four seasons.
2001/02-2002/03 presented another opportunity to impress for the Reds, the striker showed his class with 19 goals in back-to-back seasons and surpassing the 100 goal mark come the end of the 2002/03 season.
In Owen’s final season with Liverpool in 2003/04, he netted a further 16 goals in 29 games to earn himself an £8m move to Real Madrid.
Owen returned to the Premier League after just one season at the Bernabéu after he signed for Newcastle in £16.8m deal in 2005. In his first season back in the Premier League Owen netted seven goals in 11 games in an injury plagued season.
The strikers second season didn’t go to plan as he sustained an ACL injury at the 2006 World Cup which put him out for the majority of the season. Owen managed three appearances with no goals.
Owen rose from the ashes in 2007/08 after his full recovery, he netted 11 goals in 29 games for the Magpies before scoring a further eight in his final season with Newcastle in 2008/09.
Manchester United came calling and signed Owen on a free transfer in the summer of 2009 and went onto score three goals in 19 appearances in his debut season.
Owen became a Premier League champion in his second season with the Red Devils, his two goals helped United on their way to the title win by nine-points.
Another injury plagued season occurred in 2011/12 as Owen failed to register a goal in a single substitute appearance. Owen left United on a free in the summer of 2012 and signed a one-year contract with Stoke City.
Owen’s start to the season was hampered by a hamstring injury before he netted his final Premier League and only Stoke goal in January 2013, prior to retiring at the end of the season. His one goal tally of 2012/13 season brought his total Premier League tally to 150 goals in 326 games.
Just how good is he? Off the Charts
That concludes the fourth instalment of the 100 Club: Just how good were they.
Next time, we move on to analyse those with goals within the 151-170 tally.