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Five of the Premier League’s greatest left-footed strikers

The Premier League’s fabled 100 club now has 32 goalscoring centurions among its membership, but just five have been left-footers and only three of those lefties are recognised as out-and-out centre-forwards.

High-class lefties have been a rarity when it comes to the Premier League’s greatest strikers, but we’ve decided to celebrate five of the very best.

Here are five of the Premier League’s greatest left-footed strikers.

Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler leads the Premier League rankings for left-footed goals scored, with the former Liverpool forward the only player to have racked up over a century of goals on his left side.

Fowler burst onto the scene at Liverpool in the early nineties and wasted little time in making an impact, winning back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year accolades in 1995 and 1996.

He became the youngest footballer to reach 50 goals in the Premier League and reached 30+ goals in all competitions in each of his first three full seasons in the Reds’ first-team.

Fowler’s returns slowed over the following seasons, but he hit 17 goals as Liverpool won a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble in 2000/01, before moving on to Leeds.

Spells at Elland Road and Manchester City followed before a return to Liverpool, where he departed a second time as the Reds’ leading scorer in the Premier League era. He remains the eighth highest scoring player in the division’s history.

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie evolved from a talented but troubled winger into one of the Premier League’s great centre-forwards at Arsenal, a footballer who combined technique and audacity to score some truly stunning goals in North London.

His finest season with the Gunners came during the 2011/12 campaign as he hit 30 goals and provided 10 assists in 38 league appearances, winning the Golden Boot and a Footballer of the Year double.

Van Persie departed that summer to sign for Manchester United in a controversial £24m deal, inspiring the Red Devils to the Premier League title during a debut campaign that delivered a second successive Golden Boot.

Van Persie scored 144 goals in 280 appearances in the Premier League, making him the highest scoring Dutch player in the division’s history, ahead of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dennis Bergkamp and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Interestingly, Van Persie also scored 39 goals with his weaker right foot, a joint-record for weaker foot goals alongside Harry Kane.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku might be going through a testing period in the Premier League at present, but the big Belgium has been a menacing presence for the division’s defences.

Lukaku has scored 118 goals in the Premier League, with only Fowler and Van Persie having outscored the Chelsea forward among left-footed stars.

Lukaku began his career with Chelsea before departing in search of regular first-team football, enjoying prolific periods at West Brom and Everton to earn a £75m move to Manchester United.

He scored 42 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, but signed for Inter Milan after two seasons and enjoyed huge success in Italian football.

Lukaku’s role in Inter Milan’s 2020/21 title success persuaded Chelsea to bring the Belgium international back from Serie A in a record-breaking £97.5m deal, with the 28-year-old hopeful of climbing upwards in the Premier League’s all-time goals chart.

He sits 20th at present, with Steven Gerrard (120) next in his sights.

Daniel Sturridge

Fitness problems prevented Premier League fans from seeing the best of Daniel Sturridge on a consistent basis, but his finest football was excellent.

Sturridge scored Premier League goals for Manchester City, Chelsea and West Brom, but his best period came in the colours of Liverpool after making a £12m move to Anfield.

The England international formed a scintillating partnership with Luis Suarez on Merseyside, as the dovetailing duo came close to firing Brendan Rodgers’ side to the Premier League title in 2013/14.

Suarez and Sturridge scored a combined 52 league goals to finish first and second in the Golden Boot standings, with the latter a forward capable of impudent finishes that embarrassed Premier League goalkeepers.

Sturridge scored 50 goals in just 71 league starts for Liverpool, averaging a goal every 136 minutes across his six-and-a-half seasons with the club.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud scored regular goals across spells at Arsenal and Chelsea, compiling a fruitful return despite often being chased by a narrative that his talents have been under appreciated.

Despite failing to command an automatic role for much of his time at the two London rivals, Giroud scored 90 goals in just 152 starts in the Premier League and has excelled on the international stage with France.

Giroud’s work-rate and ability to bring others into the game helped Les Bleus to World Cup success in 2018, whilst he is fast closing in on Thierry Henry’s all-time goal record for the national side.

Winner of four FA Cup winners’ medals, the Champions League and Europa League in English football, alongside that World Cup triumph in Russia, Giroud has proven time and time again his ability to impact teams at the highest level.

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