The news of Sergio Aguero’s impending departure from Manchester City has reminded former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher of the top 10 strikers to ever play in the Premier League.
Aguero will go down as one of the greatest players ever in the Premier League era – as he prepares to leave the Etihad Stadium, he is the club’s all-time top scorer with a remarkable 257 goals in 384 games.
Carragher is up against some of the world’s best forwards in the Premier League, with a whopping 737 appearances for Liverpool between 1996 and 2013.
Jamie Carragher has placed Mohamed Salah over Harry Kane in his top 10 forwards, although he admits the Liverpool star has ‘never been a typical number 9’.
Kane is 10th on the list of the former Liverpool center-back, while Salah is fourth in sixth place
JAMIE CARRAGHER’S TOP 10 PL STRIKERS
10 – Harry Kane
9 – Dwight Yorke
8 – Luis Suarez
7 – Andy Cole
6 – Mohamed Salah
5 – Wayne Rooney
4 – Didier drogba
3 Alan Shearer
2 – Sergio Agüero
1 – Thierry Henry
And now the former England international has expressed his opinion, via the Telegraph, about the Premier League’s 10 best ever forwards based on three strict criteria: how many goals they have scored, the number of trophies won and finally the timing of goals and how valuable they are to a successful trophy search.
At number 10, Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has already scored 175 goals despite his lack of silverware in North London.
Carragher argues that if injury permits, Kane could break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record (260) and beat Wayne Rooney’s England (53).
Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke comes in ninth, while Carragher’s former teammate Luis Suarez comes in eighth and Andy Cole seventh.
Just ahead of them is Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah – and this is where the debate gets interesting.
In Carragher’s column in The Telegraph, he admits, “ Salah stands out on this list because, unlike everyone else on it, he is not and never has been a typical number 9.
Deep strikers like Eric Cantona and Dennis Bergkamp were therefore not in my consideration, but Salah must be an exception as his primary goal during his career at Anfield was to score, and his stats have been off the scale since joining Liverpool. ‘
Salah scored a whopping 119 goals in 192 games for the Reds, winning the Golden Boot, the Champions League or the Premier League in each of his three seasons at Merseyside.
Eric Cantona and Dennis Bergkamp were excluded because they played as ‘deep strikers’
Carragher then named United, the great and former England teammate Rooney, to fifth place on his list after becoming the Red Devils and England’s greatest ever goalscorer while winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba comes in fourth and Carragher labels him as the ‘ultimate big-game player’ who always ‘performed at the critical moments and secured big accolades’ for the Blues.
Shearer takes third place for guiding Blackburn to their fairytale Premier League triumph in 1995 before moving to Newcastle, where he would go on to become the Premier League’s top scorer with 260 goals.
Carragher said: “Shearer’s 260 Premier League goals – including three Golden Boots – remain the benchmark for future generations. It should never be beaten. ‘
Wayne Rooney came in fifth thanks to his heroic goals for United and England
Alan Shearer takes third place with his Premier League goals record (260) still intact
But he argued he missed the top two due to a trophy shortage, with outgoing City legend Aguero taking second place.
Carragher picked Aguero second for scoring the ‘most iconic Premier League goal ever’ against QPR in 2012, earning City their first-ever title and helping change the form of the top flight forever.
So far, the Argentinian has won four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cups during his ten-year stay with Etihad.
And at number 1 comes Arsenal icon Thierry Henry – with Carragher insisting there isn’t even a discussion about it.
Sergio Aguero leaves Manchester City as one of the greatest players of all time in the Premier League
Carragher claims, ‘There is only one winner on this list. I’m surprised anyone would ever argue about it. It’s not even close. Not only is Henry the best Premier League forward, he is also the best Premier League player.
At his peak, he was unstoppable. He has won the Golden Boot four times and won two Premier League titles with Arsenal. In the year of “The Invincibles”, he scored 39 in 51 appearances. Between 2001 and 2006, he scored at least 30 goals in every campaign, and no player has scored that spectacularly so often.
Henry has more goals per game than anyone on this list, and he also shares the record number of assists in a season. That goes to show that he was the complete striker, changing the modern perception of what is expected from a typical number 9. ‘
Thierry Henry (left) is Carragher’s number 1 and hailed as the ‘best Premier League player’