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Appreciating the last five Premier League players to score four times in a game

Michail Antonio made headlines last weekend with a four-goal destruction of Norwich at Carrow Road, the forward becoming the first West Ham player in Premier League history to score four times in a single game.

Antonio’s haul was not unique to England’s top tier, however, with several players having achieved the feat throughout the years and we’ve decided to look back the most recent stars to score four.

Here are the last five Premier League players to score four times in a single game:

Michail Antonio vs Norwich (a) – 2020

The most recent inclusion on this list, Antonio’s four-goal showing edged West Ham closer to Premier League safety last weekend and relegated an overwhelmed Norwich in the process.

Antonio has been excellent since the Premier League’s restart and has thrived as the focal point of David Moyes’ side, the 30-year-old’s pace and muscular frame perfectly suited to a lone role in the forward line.

Antonio has proven somewhat of a utility man for much of his five-year spell with the Hammers, operating on either flank and as a wing-back on occasion. Against the Canaries, however, he showed all the predatory instincts required to be the club’s main man in attack, reacting first to turn home Issa Diop’s flick from close range before glancing home Mark Noble’s free-kick for his second.

He raced onto the same player’s pass to make it three at the second attempt, before getting across his man to turn home Ryan Fredericks’ cross for his history-making fourth. West Ham seem to have hit form at just the right time to survive, with Antonio key to their success.

Mohamed Salah vs Watford (h) – 2018

Mohamed Salah’s debut season at Liverpool must rank amongst the greatest individual campaigns in Premier League history, the Egyptian enjoying a prolific season to break a whole host of goalscoring records.

Salah’s sensational season saw him score 44 goals in all competitions to be named as the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, whilst his 32 Premier League goals broke the record for a 38-game season and won him the first of two successive Golden Boot accolades.

Amongst that haul came a dismantling of Watford at Anfield, Salah the star of the show with four goals and an assist in a comprehensive 5-0 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men on Merseyside.

His first came after twisting and turning in typical style before firing low with his right-foot, before turning home Andy Robertson’s superb cross from close range to make it two.

Salah’s hat-trick was perhaps the most special of the night, evading four Watford challenges with a jinking run before squeezing the ball home. The Egyptian international made it four after reacting first to Danny Ings’ spilled effort, an incredible individual display amidst the most memorable of seasons for Salah.

Sergio Aguero vs Leicester (h) – 2018

No player has ever scored more Premier League hat-tricks than Sergio Aguero, who has also scored more than three goals on three occasions, including becoming one of just five players to have scored five times in a Premier League fixture.

Aguero’s most recent four-goal showing came during a home clash against Leicester City in 2018, the Argentina international at his clinical best in a rampant display for Pep Guardiola’s side who moved 16 points clear at the top of the division.

The forward had Kevin De Bruyne to thank for his first two goals of the evening, the Belgian providing a brilliant cross for Aguero to tap home his first before slipping him in to score a second with a powerful finish.

Aguero sealed his hat-trick with a chipped finish following a poor clearance from Kasper Schmeichel, before making it four with a thunderous effort from distance, receiving a pass from Phil Foden before unleashing a dipping effort that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Harry Kane vs Leicester (a) – 2017

Harry Kane secured a second successive Premier League Golden Boot courtesy of a 29-goal campaign during the 2016/17 season, finishing the year with a flurry of goals including a four-goal performance to sweep aside Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Kane opened his account with a predatory finish before adding a second with a close-range header, his double added to by a brace from Son Heung-Min as the north London side ran riot against the Foxes.

He claimed the match ball with a rifled finish from just outside of the penalty area, before another driven effort from distance made it four in stoppage-time and put the gloss on a 6-1 victory.

Kane made it back-to-back hat-tricks with a treble against Hull on the final day of the season, finishing as the league’s leading scorer and winning the PFA Fans’ Player of the Season award after 29 goals in just 30 appearances – the best goal-per-game ratio of any Golden Boot winner in Premier League history.

Romelu Lukaku vs Bournemouth (h) – 2017

Romelu Lukaku finished as the runner-up to the aforementioned Kane in the race for the 2016/17 Golden Boot, the forward enjoying a prolific campaign in what proved to be his final season at Everton.

The Belgium international finished the season with 25 Premier League goals, including scoring four times against Bournemouth in a nine-goal thriller at Goodison Park

Lukaku opened the scoring with a superb curling effort after just 30 seconds, before netting his second of the afternoon following a calamitous back pass from Bournemouth defender Simon Francis.

The forward confidently volleyed home Seamus Coleman’s cross to seal his hat-trick and make it 4-2 to Everton in a topsy-turvy contest on Merseyside, before racing home to net his fourth and the Toffees’ fifth of a pulsating clash.

Lukaku’s second hat-trick of the season secured a 6-3 victory for the home side and extended their unbeaten run to seven Premier League games, his impressive form attracting the interest of Manchester United who secured his signing in a £75m deal at the end of the season.

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