The life of a striker is a strange one.
A run of goals can take you from obscurity into the Premier League record books- see Jamie Vardy- but a barren spell can see you cast aside quicker than you can say ‘Fernando Torres’.
The following strikers hit the ground running. They were signed by their clubs to score goals and did exactly that, winning the Premier League golden boot at the first attempt.
Teddy Sheringham (1992/93)
Sheringham holds the honour of being the Premier League’s very first top scorer, after picking up the honour in 1993.
Teddy started the season with Nottingham Forest, scoring their first Premier League goal, but was sold to Spurs a week later.
Twenty-one goals followed to secure Sheringham personal accolades but Spurs finished a distant eighth, 25 points behind league winners Man United.
Dwight Yorke (1998/99)
Yorke was no stranger to scoring goals in the Premier League when he joined Man United in 1998, having reached double figures in the previous three seasons with Aston Villa.
But his game went to another level surrounded by Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and, of course, Andy Cole.
Yorke finished joint-top scorer in this first season, despite having to share striking roles with Cole, Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He now shares trophy-sitting duties with Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who both scored 18 goals as well.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2000/01)
In 2000 Hasselbaink signed for Chelsea after spending a year at Atletico Madrid terrifying the life out of La Liga goalkeepers with his cannon of a left-foot.
It was business as usual in England, with the Dutchman scoring 23 goals under Gianluca Vialli and, after the Italian was sacked, Claudio Ranieri.
The highlight was a four-goal haul against Coventry, in which poor Chris Kirkland was so worried for the safety of his wrists that he got himself sent off 22 minutes into the game.
We’d have done the same, Chris.
Robin van Persie (2012/13)
What was Arsene Wenger thinking when he sold the Premier League’s top goalscorer to Arsenal’s arch-rivals?
Van Persie moved to Man United for £6million less than the 30 goals he’d scored in his previous campaign, and instantly made Arsenal regret it.
United finished as Premier League champions and, in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season, Van Persie was crowned top scorer.
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