Plenty of teams down the years have relied on a single forward to get the bulk of the goals.
Here we look at the seven players who have scored at least half of their team’s total tally at the end of a Premier League season.
Starting with the most recent…
Jermain Defoe (2016/17)
If there’s one player who didn’t deserve to finish bottom of the league it’s Defoe.
For the second season in a row the veteran finisher scored 15 goals from 33 games in a poor Sunderland side.
The rest of the Black Cats managed just 14 between them this term.
Darren Bent (2009/10)
Bent banged in 24 of Sunderland’s 48 goals; that’s exactly half for all the maths fans out there.
This impressive haul would have hurt Spurs who sold him two seasons after they forked out a club record fee.
Controversial selection given that a beach ball technically provided the deft finish past Pepe Reina at the Stadium of Light.
Andy Johnson (2004/05)
Only Thierry Henry scored more league goals than Crystal Palace’s dome-headed forward in 04/05.
Unfortunately Johnson’s 21 goals weren’t enough to spare the Eagles (with a total goal tally of 41) tasting the bitter taste of relegation.
Yes, a lot of them were penalties but they all count.
James Beattie (2002/03)
Beattie’s 23 goals from Southampton’s 43 means he officially the most relied upon goalscorer in Premier League history.
Only Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy outscored the Saints forward who rightfully earned a handful of England caps off the back of his sensational form.
One of those forwards who used to hit all his shots with unnecessary power; good man.
Kevin Phillips (1999/2000)
Hang on, another Sunderland player?
The Black Cats’ Premier League history has revolved around having one forward do over half the work.
Phillips won the Golden Shoe thanks to a return of 30 goals (out of Sunderland’s 57).
Special mention to Niall Quinn who probably assisted every single one of them with a clever knock down.
Alan Shearer (1995/96)
Before Chelsea and Leicester, Blackburn were known as the worst title defenders in Premier League history.
Shearer slotted into the onion bag 31 times, one more goal than the rest of his team-mates put together.
The title-holders finished 7th and Shearer was left to choose between Newcastle and Man United for his next destination.
You know the rest…
Matt Le Tissier (1993/94)
Southampton were the Premier League’s original ‘one-man team’ thanks to the brilliance of Le Tissier.
Xavi’s childhood hero scored 25 of the club’s 49 goals.
Le God helped his beloved Saints avoid relegation time after time, scoring 60 goals in the first three Prem seasons.
It is one of football’s greatest outrages that he only played eight times for England.