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Who is the best striker in the Premiership?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

While having a read through the papers this morning, reading about Fernando Torres' hat-trick against Hull and Robbie Keane's four goals against Burnley, I asked myself, who is the best striker in the Premiership?

The premier league is regarded as one, if not the, best leagues in the world, so of course some of the best strikers in the world play their football in England. I thought long and hard of who I would think is the best, and I came to the following conclusion. Here are my top five striker in the Premier League.

5. Robin Van Persie - The Dutch man arrived at Arsenal in 2004, but his first years at Arsenal were plagued by injury. However, after the departure of Thierry Henry, it was time Van Persie lived up to his potential, and in my opinion, he has. He was Arsenal's best player by some distance last season and was top scorer too. Some say he is a one foot player, and although he does prefer his left boot, both of his goals this season were with his 'weaker' foot. An excellent player with good pace, finishing, vision and a handy free-kick.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor - The Togo international came to Arsenal in 2006 and was relatively unheard of, but like Van Persie, the departure of Thierry Henry gave the lanky striker a chance to show his true potential, and he certainly delivered. 24 goals in the Premier League and made it into the Team Of the Year. Next season he was rather subdued, half to injury, half because his mind was in other places after being linked away during the summer. His move to Manchester City rekindled his career, scoring three goals is his first three Premier League games for his new club, before his antics against Arsenal got his suspended. Despite this, his scoring ability, heading ability and basically overall ability makes him one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

3. Didier Drogba
- One of the most feared strikers in the world, no defender wants to play against Drogba. Pure power and speed makes him almost impossible to mark. It was a tough choice not to give him the number 2 spot, he only just lost out due to his tendency to dive. Arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and had scored 100 goals, the latest against Wigan last Saturday. Probably the best footballer to come out of the Ivory Coast in decades.

2. Wayne Rooney - Burst on to the scene as a 16 year old, scoring a belter against Arsenal is his Everton playing days. A £30 million move to Manchester United signalled Rooney was destined for great thing. A fiery temper gave critics a chance to criticise him, but there was nothing to criticise about the way he played. Even when Ferguson persisted in playing Rooney wide right, he still looked menacing and since getting his chance up front he has looked even better. Recently scored his 100th goals for United, against Wigan. Considering his age, 23, there is certainly much more to come from this man.

1. Fernando Torres - A no-brainer really. In my opinion, the best striker in the world. Captained Athletico Madrid at the age of 19, then moved to Liverpool in a record deal. Immediately he burst on to the scene and even broke records, becoming the first Liverpool player to score more than 20 goals in the Premier League in one season. Strength, power, pace and probably the best finish in Britain, if not the world. In my opinion, Torres is second to none and the best striker in the Premier League.

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