Who Are The Top Ten Highest Goal-Scorers In A Single English Premier League Season?
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The Top 10 Highest Scoring Goal-Scorers In A Single Season In EPL History
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Since the English top flight became the Premier League in the 1992-93 season, fans across the pond have seen their fair share of prolific goal-scorers and in this list we take a look at some of their respective campaigns. These are the top ten goal-scoring seasons by a single player in Premier League history.
#1 (tie). Alan Shearer, 34 Goals, 1994/95 season for Blackburn Rovers – Shearer, who is the Premier League’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 260 goals, saw the Geordie finish with a league-high 34 goals, starting all 42 games in the final year that the Prem would play 42 games before reducing to 38 games in the 1995-96 season. Shearer’s banner year led the Rovers to their first top-flight title since 1914 and their first piece of actual hardware since winning the FA Cup back in 1927-28. The stellar season also helped earn Shearer the PFA Player of the Year award, the first of two during his illustrious career.
#1 (tie). Andy Cole, 34 Goals, 1993/94 season for Newcastle United – Cole also takes his place atop the mountain alongside Shearer after scoring 34 goals of his own the year prior, helping cap off a dream season for Newly-promoted Newcastle United finish in 3rd with 77 points and qualifying for the following season’s champions league after having played in the English championship (the division below the Premier League) and having earned promotion to the top flight just one year prior. As gifted as Cole was in finding the back of the net on his own that year, Cole also led the Premier League in assists with 6 helpers as well at just 22 years old at the time.
#3. Mohamed Salah, 32 Goals, 2017/18 season for Liverpool - Much was made from the Kop about Liverpool’s £36 million decision to bring Mohamed Salah back to the Premier League, acquiring Salah from Roma after spending the better part of 2015-2017 with the Italian side. The scepticism came from Salah’s disappointing form with Chelsea, scoring just two goals in 13 appearances from 2014-2016 with a couple of loan spells thrown in there. Those doubts were erased quickly as Salah produced the best 38-game season in League history, also playing a part in Liverpool’s run all the way to the Champions League final that season, resulting in a sweep of the Player of the Year awards for the Egyptian at season’s end.
#4 (tie). Luis Suarez, 31 Goals, 2013/14 season for Liverpool – The Reds make another appearance on this list as the Uruguayan found the back of the net 31 times as part of a dynamic tandem with Daniel Sturridge, propelling Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, but falling just short of the title. Manchester City would edge out Liverpool by two points, but Suarez would still earn the Golden Boot and did so in impressive fashion as all 31 goals came in just 33 games as Suarez missed time due to suspension to start the year following the biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic the season prior.
#4 (tie). Cristiano Ronaldo, 31 Goals, 2007/08 season for Manchester United – Now heralded as one of the best players to ever lace up a pair of boots, it wasn’t always sunshine and roses for Ronaldo as he was viewed as a “problem child” for the lack of a better word, showing off and getting bad publicity for clashing with teammates and playing undisciplined football. But by 2007, Ronaldo finished his transformation into one of the world’s elite players, potting 31 goals to earn the Premier League Golden Boot and the European Golden Shoe, becoming the first winger to win the latter award.
#4 (tie). Alan Shearer, 31 Goals, 1995/96 season for Blackburn Rovers - Shearer is back for the 2nd time on this list, logging 31 goals in just 34 games in his final season in a Blackburn kit. Shearer would score 30 goals in each of his last three seasons with Blackburn, becoming the only Premier League player to score 30+ in three consecutive seasons which was also a big part of his all-time high 260 Premier League goals that we mentioned earlier.
#4 (tie). Alan Shearer, 31 Goals, 1993/94 season for Blackburn Rovers – There’s not much more that can be said for Shearer who makes his 3rd appearance on the list, but the 1993/94 campaign was Shearer’s first 30-goal season, and because of the aforementioned Andy Cole and his 34 goals in the same season, it was the first season that a player scored 30 goals in the league and didn’t win the Golden Boot.
#7 (tie). Harry Kane, 30 Goals, 2017/18 season for Tottenham Hotspur – Kane would see his name in headlines after scoring 21 goals for Spurs in his first full season with the club at age 21, and many wondered if Kane would just be a flash in the pan. He proved to be anything but, logging 25 and 29 goals respectively in the next two years before finally breaking through with 30 goals in the 2017-18 season, but once again, like Alan Shearer in 1993/94, if it wasn’t for Mo Salah having such a stellar season, Kane would’ve won the Golden Boot, but instead, Kane became the 2nd 30-goal scorer to not win the award.
#7 (tie). Robin van Persie, 30 Goals, 2011/12 season for Arsenal – van Persie had his ups and downs in a Gunners uniform, but the Dutch Destroyer would have his best statistical year in his career in his final season for Arsenal in 2011/12 scoring 30 goals, winning the Premier League Golden Boot and PFA Player of the Year award as well as becoming just the second player in Premier League history to score against 17 clubs in a 20-team season. All of this coming before doing the unthinkable and departing for rival Manchester United that summer.
#7 (tie). Thierry Henry, 30 Goals, 2003/04 season for Arsenal – Back-to-back Gunners on this list and this one takes us back to the storied “Invincibles” season for Arsenal as the French striker potted 30 goals as Arsenal secured a historic unbeaten campaign, finishing with 26 wins and 12 draws in their 38 game season. The season also saw the first of three straight Golden Boot awards for Henry in the Premier League and his four total awards in that category are the most in the history of the English top flight.
#7 (tie). Kevin Phillips, 30 Goals, 1999/2000 season for Sunderland – Phillips may be the most surprising name on this list and could be the answer to a Jeopardy! Question or a question at your local bar trivia night after his stellar season for then newly=promoted Sunderland, pushing the Black Cats to a shock 7th-place finish, winning the European Golden Shoe as the top scorer in Europe and to this day, Phillips remains the only Englishman to have won the award.