All-time Premier League XI based on most goals

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Former Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, Leeds United, Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle United players feature in this team full of goals.

Following on from my article on the Premier League XI based on most appearances, I now look at the XI who have the most goals since its inception.

There have obviously been a lot of high scoring strikers in the league since 1992 but only the top two feature in this team as it follows a 4-4-2 formation again. So it includes the highest scoring goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, and two strikers. These eleven players between them have scored 1056 goals so far in the Premier League with a few of them still playing. 

It would be one hell of a team if they were to play together, and I doubt they would ever draw blanks. 

Goalkeeper:

There are four Goalkeepers to have scored in the Premier League. I'm going to go with the first who managed the feat. See if you can name the other three. Answers at the end of the article.

Peter Schmeichel - Goals- 1

On 20th October 2001, Schmeichel became the first goalkeeper to score in the Premier League. He scored for Aston Villa in their game against Everton. They were losing 3-1 at the time and from a corner he scored a great volley past Paul Gerrard. Villa then went on to get another corner straight after, the Great Dane was up again but this time Gerrard caught the ball. It wasn't Schmeichel's only goal in Football he also scored for Manchester United in a European game against Rotor Volgograd, and scored a few more back in his homeland too earlier in his career. 

Defence:

David Unsworth - Goals - 38

There are many penalty takers that feature in this team and Unsworth is one of them. His penalty taking ability helped him score 38 goals in the Premier League overall. His most crucial penalty came in the 2006-2007 season. He moved from Sheffield United to Wigan in January of that season, and on the last day he scored a penalty for Wigan which effectively sent the Blades down, and kept Wigan up. Earlier on in the season he missed a penalty whilst still at Sheffield United that could have made the difference to them staying up.

John Terry - Goals - 32

Perhaps a surprise to see the former England captain in this team. John Terry has been a key player for Chelsea when it has come to attacking set-pieces. His most prolific season came in 2011-2012 when he scored 6 goals in 31 games, an impressive one goal in five games ratio. He has scored six goals for England, and 56 overall in his career.

Ian Harte - Goals - 28

Certainly not a surprise to see this left-back in the eleven. A superb free-kick and penalty taker. He has scored all 28 of his Premier League goals for his first club Leeds United. He didn't add to that total despite playing for Sunderland and Reading too in the top flight. Whilst at Carlisle, Harte was the club's top scorer in the 2009-2010 season scoring 14 goals. He has scored 97 goals in his career. He is currently playing in the Championship with Bournemouth where he will try and reach the 100 milestone.

William Gallas - Goals - 26

Gallas scored 26 goals in his 319 Premier League games. 13 goals for Chelsea, 12 for Arsenal and just the one for Tottenham Hotspur. Despite having a good record in England, Gallas had previously only scored two goals in 118 appearances in France. The centre-back remains the only player to have played for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, he is currently without a club however.

Midfield:

Frank Lampard - Goals - 166

Lampard has an incredible goalscoring record and has consistently scored goals in the Premier League. Another player with a great attribute for penalties. He scored 24 league goals for his first club West Ham before moving onto Chelsea where he scored a further 142. He has become Chelsea's all time record goalscorer in the process and from 2003-2004 onwards had reached double figures in each of those seasons. He has at least the rest of this season with Chelsea, and will surely add a few more to his total. Frank has also scored 29 goals for England.

Ryan Giggs - Goals - 109

Given that Giggs has featured in all of the Premier League seasons, it is no wonder he has a decent amount of goals. His most prolific season came in the second year of the Premier League where he scored 13 goals. He has only reached double figures once more since then, in the 1995-1996 season when he scored 11 goals. The Welshman has scored in all the Premier League seasons to date bar the current one. If you were to total his assists in that time too, I'd imagine that would be an incredible figure.

Paul Scholes - Goals - 107

Another one-club player, Scholes scored 107 goals in the league for Manchester United which helped United to 11 league titles whilst at the club. His best tally for a season was 14 in the 2002-2003 season. He scored one of the best goals in the Premier League a scorching volley from the edge of the area from a corner against Bradford City. Scholes scored in 19 consecutive seasons, an achievement only surpassed by Giggs (21). In his last game before he retired for the second time, against West Brom, he picked up his 99th yellow card. He never did quite master the art of tackling.

Matt Le Tissier - Goals - 101

Le Tiss scored some of the more stylish goals in the history of the Premier League. His 40-yard lob against Blackburn Rovers secured him the goal of the season in 1994-1995. Le Tissier was the first midfielder to reach the 100 goal milestone. This was helped by the fact he had an astonishing penalty record. In his career he scored 48 out of 49 spot kicks. Glenn Hoddle chose not to take him to the 1998 World Cup. If he had, the match against Argentina could have ended oh so differently. The Guernsey-born midfielder spent his whole career at Southampton, making this midfield a very dedicated one; playing at just four clubs between them.

Strikers:

Alan Shearer - Goals - 260

Shearer is the all-time leading goalscorer in the Premier League, head and shoulders above the rest. He scored 23 goals for his first club Southampton before the Premier League had even begun. Following that he scored an incredible 112 league goals in 138 games for Blackburn Rovers. After this he moved to Newcastle United for a then world record fee of £15 million, turning down Manchester United in the process. He scored a further 148 goals for him hometown club which allowed him to overtake Jackie Millburn has the highest goalscorer for the Magpies. Also a penalty taker, but he did score some great volleys over the years. No matter whether it was a scrappy goal or great one it would still be celebrated in the one hand in the air manner.

Andy Cole - Goals - 188

Andy Cole is the second highest scoring player in the Premier League, but is still a huge 72 goals down from Shearer. Despite also playing for Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, Cole and Shearer never played with each other apart from on the international scene. Cole scored 55 league goals for Newcastle before joining Fergie's boys. At United he scored 93 league goals. The rest were spread between spells at Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City and Portsmouth. His son Devante Cole is now on the books at Manchester City. 

Well there we have the all-time Premier League XI based on most goals. A great bunch of players, but it leaves just one pressing question....... Who would take the penalties?

The answers to the goalkeeper teaser before are.....

Brad Friedel (Charlton Athletic 3–2 Blackburn Rovers, 21 February 2004)

Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Watford, 17 March 2007)

Tim Howard (Everton 1–2 Bolton Wanderers, 4 January 2012)

So out of the four goalkeepers to score in the Premier League, only one led to his side's victory.

 

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