Debate over which striker was the best in terms of natural finishing ability, during the Premier League’s epic 25 year history has raged for many years now between supporters of rival top-six club’s.
Blackburn and Newcastle’s Alan Shearer is out on his own in terms of the most amount of Premier League goals with 260.
Although, many fans believe other players had better predatory instincts than the former England international, they just didn’t play as many games as he did.
Chelsea fan’s think its Didier Drogba, Arsenal fans say it’s Thierry Henry, Man City fan’s argue it’s Sergio Aguero, Man United fan’s scream it’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and many Liverpool fan’s believe it was Robbie Fowler.
Even Spurs fans will argue that the Premier League’s current top scorer Harry Kane, is just as good as any strikers that have gone before him, and believe that he has a serious chance of matching Shearer’s record after recently notching his 100th goal at the age of just 24.
However, the man who currently sits second in the list of EPL goal scorers with 208 goals Wayne Rooney, recently made his punditry debut on Sky Sports MNF, and when asked who he believed was the best finisher to have played in England over the last 25 years he said:
“Ruud van Nistelrooy was the best finisher I have seen in the Premier League. Even if we won by four or five goals, he would just sit there on his own, gutted. He was fantastic.”
Van Nistelrooy played for United between 2001-2006 and was renowned for his devastating ability to find the net – especially in one-on-one situations. The Holland international banged in an impressive 95 goals in just 150 appearances during his time in England, before leaving to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Rooney is his former club’s record goalscorer after finding the net 253 times and winning five EPL titles during his time at Old Trafford, so he certainly knows a thing or two about finishing off chances in the Premier League.
The former England captain rejoined boyhood club Everton this summer, and is enjoying something of a renaissance at Goodison Park, were he has found the net 10 times so far this season.
Despite Rooney’s claim the his former Red Devil’s team-mate Van Nistelrooy was the best finisher the Premier League has ever seen, debate is sure to rage on amongst supporters who will all feel that their own team’s striker was, or in Harry Kane’s case is the best ever.