The Daily Mirror have taken the 20 teams that have spent the most seasons in the Premier League, and put together a list of who they deem to be their top three strikers from down the years.
Let us know whether you agree with their selections:
20) West Brom – Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Horsfield, Robbie Earnshaw
This poll has arguably come a little too early for Saido Berahino to be included, so instead the trio selected is Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Horsfield, and Robbie Earnshaw. While the Nigerian is the top scorer of the three with 30 goals in the top flight, the other two will hold a special place among Baggies fans. When Bryan Robson’s men pulled off the great escape during the 2004/05 season, Horsfield scored one of the crucial goals against Portsmouth on the final day, while Earnshaw had scored the equaliser at Old Trafford the previous week to keep their hopes of survival alive.
19) Bolton Wanderers – Kevin Davies, Nicolas Anelka, Henrik Pedersen
Although he was only with the Trotters for a brief period of time, Nicolas Anelka was surely the most lethal forward Bolton have ever had in the Premier League. The move in 2006 allowed the Frenchman to rebuild his career, and following a couple of excellent years, he got another shot at the big time when Chelsea came calling.
Meanwhile, Kevin Davies spent a lot longer with the club, and made over 350 league appearances. He would find the back of the net on 74 occasions.
And it’s safe to say that Henrik Pedersen hasn’t made this list on goalscoring alone, having only scored 22 times in 143 games. However, he was part of the side that cemented themselves as regulars in the top flight, as was Michael Ricketts, who surely has more reason to be included than his former teammate.
18) Leicester City – Emile Heskey, Steve Claridge, Tony Cottee
It’s very difficult to dispute the selection of Emile Heskey or Tony Cottee, who both had little problem finding the back of the net at Filbert Street. However, to say that Steve Claridge is one of Leicester’s best in the Premier League era is quite difficult to agree with. Les Ferdinand for example – who scored 12 goals in 29 games during the 2003/04 season – definitely has a claim to be included.
However, Foxes fans will just be delighted that Ade Akinbiyi has not been shortlisted.
17) Coventry City – Dion Dublin, Darren Huckerby, Peter Ndlovu
Although they haven’t been in the Premier League for over a decade, Coventry were once one of the more exciting teams in the top flight, even if that style failed to translate into any kind of success. In the one season that the trio were together – 1996/97 – the Sky Blues narrowly avoided relegation, with Dublin scoring 14 goals. While the other two weren’t as productive in front of goal, they embodied the free-flowing style that helped the club remain in the top flight right until 2001.