Fresh off the back of the last article where we broke into the Top 10 of the 100 Club list, I return with the fifth instalment of just how good were they?
With the focus this time on those with 151-170 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.
Jermain Defoe – 162 Goals*
Coming in at No.8 on the list is Jermain Defoe. The Spurs legend, began his career back in 2001 when he broke into the West Ham senior side after impressing in the academy.
That season Defoe was the Hammers top goal scorer in the league and cup competitions despite being mainly used as a sub, netting a total of 14 goals in all competitions – 10 in the Premier League.
Defoe continued to prove his worth for the club in 2002/03 season with another eight goals scored in the league but was unable to prevent West Ham’s relegation that season. And wanting to stay in the top flight Defoe requested a transfer and signed for Spurs in the January of 2004 after an early season of ill-discipline with West Ham.
The striker signed for a fee of £6m plus add-ons, and scored seven goals in 15 games to end the season. In the season following, Defoe had his best goal scoring season of his early career, netting 13 goals in 35 games.
Defoe continued his fine form in a difficult season in 2005/06, scoring nine goals in 36 games, with competition from Robbie Keane, Dimitar Derbatov and Mido for a starting place. That took is total to 47 in six seasons.
The 2006/07 season produced another double digit season for Defoe as he continued to find the back of the net. 10 goals in 34 appearances, 14 of which were as a substitute.
The summer of 2007 brought with it speculation of his future due to the arrival of fellow 100 club member Darren Bent. Defoe fought for his place during the opening half of the season, netting four goals in 19 matches (16 as a sub) before he joined Portsmouth on an initial loan deal in January 2008.
Defoe scored another eight goals in 12 games to end the season before making his loan permanent for £7.5m. However, Defoe’s time on the south coast would only last half a season, during which he netted seven goals in 19 games before a move back to Spurs for a reported £15.75m fee in January 2009.
Defoe’s homecoming brought with it three goals in eight games to end the 2008/09 season. In his first full season back Defoe notched his best ever season in the Premier League with 18 goals in 34 games – leaving him three away from 100 mark.
Unfortunately for Defoe he couldn’t match the tally from the season before in 2010/11 where he netted just four in 22 game, but it did take him past the 100 goal mark in the league.
However, Defoe bounced back in the following two seasons with 22 goals in 59 games. 11 in each season. The 2013/14 season bought more tough times for Defoe as he was mainly used as the back-up to new signing Roberto Soldado. He still made 14 appearances but netted just the once in the Premier League.
Defoe left at in January 2014 for pastures new in America as he signed for Toronto Whitecaps for their upcoming season. The Englishman spent just the one season there before another move, this time to Sunderland in January 2015 in an exchange deal with Jozy Alditore.
In the half season following Defoe netted four goals in 17 games, taking his total in the league to 128. In his first full season Defoe netted an impressive 15 goals in 33 games helping Sunderland beat the drop.
Defoe continued his sensational form into the following season, where he netted another 15 goals in 37 games but this time it was not enough to help Sunderland survive another season.
The now veteran striker left Sunderland that summer and joined Bournemouth on a free transfer in June 2017. In his debut season with the Cherries, Defoe netted his last four goals in the Premier League as Bournemouth secured top flight survival, granting him 162 goals in 496 games.
Defoe did make four sub appearances 2018/19 before signing for Rangers on an initial 18-month loan before making it permanent in 2020.
Just how good is he? World Class
Robbie Fowler – 163 Goals
At No.7 we have Robbie Fowler. The Liverpool goal machine began his career back in 1993, one season after the Premier League’s inception.
Fowler broke on to the stage as a baby-faced 18-year-old and impressed in his first season with 12 goals in 28 games, showing glimpse of his potential. It only got better for the striker as in his second season he bettered his debut season with 25 goals in 42 appearances, settling into his rhythm.
Things continued to get better for Fowler as he once again bettered his previous season and notched his best ever goal scoring season of 28 goals in 38 games – taking him to 65 goals in three seasons.
The goals kept on coming for the striker in 1996/97 as he once again hit high double figures, netting 18 goals in 32 games. Fowler showing his potential and fulfilling it. A season later Fowler hit his first single figure season with nine goals in 20 games, taking him within eight goals of 100.
Fowler bounced back in 1998/99 after he netted 14 goals in 25 games to surpass the 100 goal mark in six seasons. The following season Fowler struggled with injury and managed just three goals in 14 games.
The 2000/01 season for Fowler got better than the previous season where he netted eight goals in 27 games. 2001/02 brought misfortune to Fowler’s world at Liverpool, a fall-out with manager Gerard Houllier and the Emile Heskey/Michael Owen partnership upfront left him on the fringes.
Fowler did make 10 appearances, scoring three goals before he made a £12m move to Leeds United. Fowler started well for the Lilly Whites netting 12 goals in 22 games – taking him to 132 goals in the Premier League.
However, Fowler’s time a Leeds would only last the total of a season, netting twice in eight games before making the move to Manchester City in January 2003 for an initial £3m fee. Fowler struggled to hit the ground running at City scoring twice in 13 games.
In his first full season with City, Fowler managed seven goals in 31 appearances before netting double digits in the 2004/05 season, with 11 in 32 games – which took him to 154 goals.
Fowler’s time at City came to an end the following season, netting once in four appearances before re-joining Liverpool on a free transfer in January 2006. During the remainder of the 2005/06 season Fowler netted five goals in 14 games.
In his only full season back at Anfield, Fowler scored his final three Premier League goals, taking him to 163 goals in 379 games. There was a brief spell at Blackburn in 2008/09 but he failed to score in four matches.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, how come this list isn’t as long as the rest?
Well there is good reason for that, in the following weeks I will be producing full player reviews on the Top 6 goal scorers in Premier League history – beginning with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.