9 forwards who fell agonisingly short of 100 Premier League goals
Ask any cricketer and they’ll tell you that getting out in the 90s is unbearably frustrating.
The same goes for a select group of footballers.
These nine players fell agonisingly short of a century of Premier League goals.
Although, one of them is still playing and may yet pass the milestone…
1 Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer — 91 goals
Man United’s baby-faced assassin was selfless team player through and through.
When other players of his quality would have left in search of regular first team action, Solskjaer was happy to play the role of super sub for a decade at Old Trafford.
A superb finisher with predatory instincts who would have easily passed 100 goals were it not for his commendable loyalty.
2 James Beattie — 91 goals
Prone to streaks of goalscoring form, Beattie always made the opposition centre-back work for their wages.
The former Southampton forward earned an England call-up in 2003 and made his debut in the infamous defeat to Australia Upton Park.
Speaking of which…
3 Mark Viduka — 92 goals
WARNING: The following sentence contains tired football cliche…
Viduka had a great touch for a big man.
Led the line for a talented Leeds team in the early noughties, famously scoring four goals in one game against Liverpool.
After a decent spell at Middlesbrough he struggled at Newcastle; his poor form on Tyneside ultimately cost him his century of Premier League goals.
4 Kevin Phillips — 92 goals
Some people call Super Kev a one-season wonder but that’s simply not true.
The Sunderland favourite was always a reliable finisher it’s just that in 1999/00 he discovered superhuman form.
His 30 goals in 36 games won him the European Golden Shoe!
5 Dimitar Berbatov — 94 goals
Who cares that he didn’t track back?
The Bulgarian forward had a first touch bordering on the orgasmic and was capable of breathtaking moments of brilliance.
6 Ruud van Nistelrooy — 95 goals
The prolific Dutchman is probably the most deserving of 100 goals out of all the players on this list.
His 95 goals came in just 150 games and he held the record for most consecutive Premier League games scored in (10) for 16 seasons until Jamie Vardy’s heroics last year.
A high-profile move to Real Madrid in 2006 put an end to his reign of terror, much to the relief of Prem defenders across the land.
7 Yakubu — 96 goals
Feed the Yak and he will score.
If only he had been fed four more times.
The powerful Nigerian remains one of the Premier League’s most likeable cult heroes to this day.
8 Emmanuel Adebayor — 97 goals
Often a figure of ridicule it’s easy to forget that the Togolese target man was a frequent scorer in his Arsenal days.
His records at Man City and Spurs aren’t to be sniffed at it either.
It seemed certain he would notch up his 100th Premier League goal in Crystal Palace colours last year but things didn’t work out and he his contract was allowed to expire in June.
At 32-years-old there’s a chance he could join the 100 club yet… although we get the feeling he cares more about wages than prestige.
9 Peter Crouch — 99 goals… and counting
Only bastards with hearts made of the coldest stone aren’t willing Crouchy towards 100 Premier League goals.
Always self-deprecating and humble, the lanky 35-year-old is just one back-post header away from joining the likes of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney in the exclusive group elite goalscorers.
Time is against him but surely he’s got one more top flight goal in him?
Come on, Peter, we’re all with you!