There’s something satisfying about a headed goal and throughout the Premier League era we’ve seen headers of all different styles.
Flicked headers, towering powerful nods and delightful diving efforts, there are plenty of players who have truly specialised in the art of the headed goal.
But which players have scored the most? We’ve listed the players with the most headed goals in a single campaign.
Les Ferdinand – 8 goals (1995/96)
Les Ferdinand signed for Newcastle ahead of the 1995/96 season, as the Magpies sought a replacement for the departed Andy Cole. Ferdinand had scored 60 league goals across three Premier League seasons at Queens Park Rangers and made an immediate impact in the north east.
He scored 25 league goals as Newcastle ended the season as runners-up, form which saw the forward named as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year. Eight of his return came via his head, as Ferdinand fed on the service from Peter Beardsley and David Ginola in Kevin Keegan’s free-scoring side.
#OnThisDay in 1995, Les Ferdinand moved to @NUFC ⚫️⚪️
He went on to score 41 goals in 68 #PL games with the Magpies 👏 pic.twitter.com/qQI4p0INpF
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 7, 2017
Dion Dublin – 8 goals (1995/96)
For readers of a younger age, that towering presence presenting Homes Under the Hammer may be unfamiliar as a Premier League goalscorer.
Rewind just over two decades however, and Dion Dublin was a battering ram of a player comfortable at both centre-back and centre-forward. After an underwhelming two-year spell at Manchester United, Dublin moved to Midlands outfit Coventry City and began to score goals at a prolific rate.
In the 1995/96 season, Dublin scored 14 goals for the Sky Blues as they narrowly avoided relegation by virtue of goal difference, with a remarkable eight coming from his head.
Dwight Yorke – 8 goals (1995/96)
Incredibly, the 1995/96 saw three different players score eight headed goals. Alongside the aforementioned Ferdinand and Dublin was Aston Villa’s Dwight Yorke.
The Trinidad and Tobago international established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest forwards during a nine-year spell at Villa Park, before winning multiple honours at Manchester United.
Yorke’s goals propelled Villa to fourth and UEFA Cup qualification, as he scored 17 times in the Premier League. While not necessarily thought of as one of the Premier League’s finest headers, he nodded home an impressive eight goals.
Roque Santa Cruz – 8 goals (2007/08)
Perhaps injuries took their toll, but Roque Santa Cruz will almost certainly always be remembered alongside the likes of Michu and Amr Zaki as a member of the Premier League’s ‘one-season wonder’ club.
The Paraguayan arrived in English football with impressive pedigree after spending seven years at German giants Bayern Munich and made an immediate impact in Lancashire at Mark Hughes’ Blackburn Rovers.
Santa Cruz scored 19 league goals in his debut season, eight with his head, but never again hit those heights.
He signed for Manchester City in a big-money deal, but ended a disappointing spell at the Etihad before departing for Malaga in 2012.
Dwight Yorke – 8 goals (1999/2000)
A second appearance for Yorke on our list, with another eight headed efforts in a single campaign.
Yorke signed for Manchester United in a then-club record deal ahead of the 1998/99, one which saw the forward inspire the Red Devils to a historic Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble. He was finished as the Premier League’s leading scorer and was named as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.
Yorke entered the following campaign in similarly prolific form and scored 20 league goals in 1999/2000 as United retained the title, eight of which came from his head.
Duncan Ferguson – 9 goals (1997/98)
‘Big Dunc’ was a defender’s nightmare during a 12-year spell in the Premier League.
Standing 6ft 4in, the Scottish striker was a formidable physical presence and headed efforts became almost a trademark.
In 1997/98, the Everton legend top-scored for Howard Kendell’s side with 11 league goals as the Merseyside club narrowly avoided relegation to the second tier, finishing above Bolton Wanderers on goal difference.
💪🏻 | #OnThisDay in 1994, Duncan Ferguson joined #EFC… pic.twitter.com/rj7kPUHAdS
— Everton (@Everton) December 11, 2018
Incredibly, nine of those strikes coming via his head, a remarkable 81% of his season’s tally.
Harry Kane – 9 goals (2022/23)
Harry Kane levelled Ferguson’s 25-year record this week, as the Tottenham forward headed home his ninth goal of the Premier League season against Southampton.
Kane has been in brilliant form for Spurs this season and moved past Jimmy Greaves’ record as the club’s all-time leading scorer last month.
The 29-year-old also became just the third player, after Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney, to reach 200+ goals in the Premier League and is chasing down the former’s divisional landmark.
Trademark @HKane header 👊
🎬 @MonsterEnergy pic.twitter.com/NwyvbCZjf3
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 12, 2023
Next in his sights will be claiming the record for Premier League headers in a single season outright, as Spurs chase a place in next season’s Champions League.
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