Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United legends feature.
On this day in 1997, Sunderland signed Kevin Phillips from Watford.
It was a move which turned out to be one of the most successful pieces of transfer business for the Black Cats, as he netted 33 goals in his debut campaign – despite costing just £350,000.
He then scored 23 goals in 26 games the following season, as Sunderland won promotion to the Premier League, and his record scoring feats did not end there. Forming a formidable partnership with Niall Quinn, he netted 30 goals in the top flight, leading the English scoring charts – and being the only English player to date to win the European Golden Boot.
His partnership with Quinn was vital to his success, as the duo fulfilled the classic ‘little and large’ striking team of a 4-4-2.
Considered one of the best strike partnerships seen in the Premier League, to celebrate the anniversary of Phillips signing for Sunderland, we take a look at five other duos to have wowed English audiences.
Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole – Manchester United
The duo arrived at Old Trafford as impressive Premier League level strikers, but no one would have imagined how well they would do for United. In the treble winning season of 1998/99, they hit an incredible 53 goals between them, and are arguably the best partnership the Premier League has ever seen.
Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand – Newcastle United
A one-season wonder partnership, Ferdinand and Shearer combined at St James’ Park in the 1996/97 season, following Shearer’s arrival from Blackburn. They shared 49 goals between them, Shearer won the Golden Boot, but it would not lead them to the league title – as Manchester United finished above them
Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal
Arguably the most stylish partnership ever to grace the Premier League, the plus-200 goal tally reached by the duo was even more impressive considering netter Bergkamp or Henry were poachers. They scored a lot of goals, a lot of high quality goals, and helped lead the Gunners to the Premier League title as ‘Invincibles’ in 2004.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen – Chelsea
As the Blues started to become a force in English football, they were aided in their rise to the top of the Premier League by Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen. They netted 51 goals between themselves in the 2001/02 season, as their opposite styles of play worked wonders together.
Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley – Newcastle
Another Newcastle pair, and another place for Andy Cole. Young poacher Cole excelled next to the ageing Beardsley, wracking up 55 goals for the Magpies during their first season back in the Premier League. The duo only remained together for one year, as Cole went off to join United – and making his partnership with Yorke.