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Ranking the five fastest players to reach 150 Premier League goals

Harry Kane became the tenth player in Premier League history to reach 150 goals this weekend, the Tottenham talisman’s late winner at West Bromwich Albion bringing up yet another goalscoring milestone.

Kane has established himself as one of the greatest goalscorers in the division since coming through the north London side’s academy ranks, becoming the key figure in attack for both club and country in recent years.

Following the Spurs striker’s achievement we’ve decided to look back at some of the most prolific players in top-flight history, here are the five fastest players to reach 150 Premier League goals:

5. Andy Cole – 286 games 

Andy Cole was regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest forwards during the nineties after taking the top flight by storm in the early years of the rebranded division, Cole firing Newcastle to promotion before flourishing at the highest level.

Cole’s first season in the Premier League saw him score 34 goals to win the division’s Golden Boot and the PFA Young Player of the Year award, his incredible individual campaign seeing him become the first player to finish as both the league’s leading scorer and assist provider in the same season.

That haul remains a joint-record for a 42-game season and a similarly prolific start to the following campaign attracted the attention of Manchester United, who signed the forward in a British transfer-record deal.

Cole enjoyed the best years of his career during a seven-year spell at Old Trafford, winning five league titles and the Champions League – as part of a historic treble – amongst a host of major honours with the Red Devils.

He scored over a century of goals for the club before moving on to the likes of Blackburn, Fulham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, reaching the 150-goal landmark in just 286 games.

Cole’s record of 187 goals in the third-highest in Premier League history and comes despite scoring just one penalty in his career, his goalscoring achievements remaining perhaps underrated amongst many of his contemporaries.

4. Thierry Henry – 220 games 

Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer sits fourth in these rankings having taken 220 games to reach the 150 goal mark, Thierry Henry widely acknowledged as the best player in English football throughout much of his time in the Premier League.

Henry arrived in north London as an underperforming winger from Juventus before being transformed into one of the world’s best strikers under Arsene Wenger, overcoming a slow start to become arguably the greatest player in the Gunners’ history.

The Frenchman became the first player in history to score 20+ goals in five successive Premier League seasons and won the division’s Golden Boot on a record four occasions, including three successive triumphs between 2004 and 2006.

Henry’s mix of scintillating speed, fleet footwork and ice-cool composure in front of goal saw him inspire Arsenal to a domestic double in 2002, before being the goalscoring figurehead of the legendary ‘Invincibles’ team that completed an entire league season unbeaten to be crowned as champions two years later.

During that time the forward was named as the PFA Player of the Year twice and won the FWA Footballer of the Year on three occasions, Henry amongst the most iconic players of the Premier League era and a legitimate contender as the division’s best ever.

3. Harry Kane – 218 games

Harry Kane’s late goal against West Brom this weekend saw the Tottenham forward reach 150 goals in the top division, with only two players having ever reached the milestone in quicker fashion than the England captain.

Kane burst onto the scene during a 2014/15 campaign that saw him score 21 league goals, the forward emerging from the north London side’s academy ranks to establish himself as a star.

His prolific form continued the following campaign as he shrugged off ‘one-season wonder’ suggestions, winning a maiden Premier League Golden Boot to fire Spurs into the Champions League.

Kane then became just the third Englishman – after Alan Shearer and Michael Owen – to retain the accolade, his 2016/17 season the finest ever Golden Boot-winning campaign in terms of goals-per-game.

The 30-goal barrier was breached for the first time the following season before two injury-hit campaigns, though his goal record has never wavered despite spells on the sidelines,

Few possess the finishing ability of Kane off either foot and he now stands as the joint-ninth leading scorer in the history of Premier League, the 27-year-old a safe bet to continue climbing the rankings in the coming seasons as he hunts down the illustrious names above him.

2. Sergio Aguero – 217 games

Sitting slightly ahead of Kane in second is Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, a player whose goalscoring exploits have seen him become the highest-scoring non-English player in Premier League history.

Aguero has plundered 180 league goals in 264 league appearances since moving to the Etihad almost a decade ago, part of a haul of 255 in all competitions to establish himself as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

No player has ever scored more than the Argentine’s 12 hat-tricks in the top flight, whilst only Kane can better his goal-per-game ratio amongst players to have reached a century of Premier League goals.

An irreplaceable figure in the Premier League’s most successful side of the past decade, Aguero’s haul of winners’ medals includes four league titles and five League Cups, whilst he formed part of the sides that achieved unprecedented feats in reaching 100 points and winning a domestic treble.

1. Alan Shearer – 212 games 

The greatest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League and the fastest player to reach 150 goals in the division, Alan Shearer took just 212 games to achieve the feat and remains the benchmark for the league’s leading forwards.

At his peak, he was the complete centre-forward package, an uncompromising and physically robust striker who relished battles with defenders and finished devastatingly off either foot.

Shearer signed for an ambitious Blackburn side ahead of the Premier League’s inaugural season and scored 16 league goals despite seeing his season curtailed in December through injury, before bouncing back to set unprecedented goalscoring standards during a sensational spell at Ewood Park.

The Geordie goal-machine scored 30+ league goals for three consecutive campaigns for Blackburn, a feat no player in the history of the division has ever achieved on more than one occasion.

The zenith of that spell saw Shearer fire the Lancashire side to title success during the 1994/95 campaign, before joining boyhood side Newcastle in a world-record deal the following season.

A decade of goals followed for the three-time Golden Boot winner as Shearer became the all-time record goalscorer in the history of both Newcastle and the Premier League, his 260 goals in the division a landmark many feel may never be bettered.

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