Oliver Giroud has scored more goals than anyone in the Premier League since his 2012 debut after netting his 31st against Norwich … but how does he compare to the top kings of yesteryear?
- Since his debut, Olivier Giroud has scored more headers than any other player
- He scored with a dive header against relegated Norwich to reach a total of 31
- Of the 84 goals that Giroud has scored, 37 percent came from memory
- That puts him in the top 10 of the Premier League goalscorers
- They include Peter Crouch, Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and many more
Olivier Giroud has scored more headlines than any other Premier League player since his 2012 debut, having won his 31st against Norwich on Tuesday.
Giroud scored a staggering header against relegated Norwich to give Chelsea a pivotal three points in their attempt to reach a top-four finish this season.
He has scored six goals and has started ten times this season for Frank Lampard’s side in the Premier League – delivering important goals against Aston Villa, Watford, Crystal Palace and now the Canary Islands since the Premier League restart.
Olivier Giroud has scored more headers than any other player since his 2012 debut
He scored with a diving header against relegated Norwich, reaching 31 heads in total
Of the 84 goals scored by Giroud in the Premier League, 37 percent of those came out of their minds, placing him at the top of the charts with some of the all-time greats.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch became the first player in Premier League history to take home 50 goals.
The 6ft 7in striker hit the record by nodding home during Stoke’s 1-0 win over Southampton on the last day of the season in 2017.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch became the first person to score 50 goals in the Premier League
He tops the list of 10 rated players and powerful air threats from the Premier League era
The half century accounts for nearly half of its 103 Premier League goals during a career that spans most of England’s top flight for 15 years.
He tops the list of esteemed Premier League headers, with the best goalscorer of all time, Alan Shearer, in second place.
Shearer scored a staggering 260 goals in spells in Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle with 18 percent.
Shearer was clearly an accomplished header, but his options didn’t end. The other 82 percent of his goals were tap-ins, one-on-one matches, long range shots, penalties and free kicks.
Alan Shearer, the all-time top scorer in the Premier League, is in second place with 46
Top 10 main scores in Premier League history
- Peter Crouch – 53
- Alan Shearer – 46
- Dion Dublin – 45
- Les Ferdinand – 40
- Dwight Yorke – 38
- Duncan Ferguson – 36
- Teddy Sheringham – 36
- Olivier Giroud – 31
- Tim Cahil – 31
- Robbie Fowler – 28
The turn-of-the-century Manchester United duo – Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham – is also in the top 10 air threats during the early Premier League era.
Yorke had a remarkable spring in his stride for a relatively small striker, who scored iconic headers on the back of David Beckham’s crosses during United’s treble-winning season in 1999.
While former Everton talisman Duncan Ferguson scored 36 headers during his career and colleague Toffee Tim Cahill scored a total of 31.
Despite being ninth in the list of all-time top scorers, Cahill was known for scoring with his head.
He scored 27 goals in 170 Premier League games, meaning he would score with his head every 6.3 games on average.
Dublin is its closest rival at 6.93 and fellow Toffee Ferguson came in third with 7.1.
While Giroud may be eighth on the list of all-time top scorers, his head on these coasts has been one of the best in recent years.
And now that Giroud looks like he might still have a future at Chelsea, he still has time to climb higher on the list.
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke is also in the top 10 with 38 headers
Former Premier League record scorer in the Premier League, Duncan Ferguson, headed 36 goals