Who has scored the most headed goals in Premier League history ? If you’ve ever woke up in a cold sweat wondering about what the answer to this question is, fear not we’re here to put your mind at ease.
As this list will prove English football might not be able to produce the type of technically gifted players that Spain or South America does, but when it comes to producing strikers who are lethal in the air their really are few countries better.
With the emergence of tiki taka, high pressing and counter attacking football over the last decade the art of heading is becoming less and less important for modern day strikers, so its very possible that this list of the top five players with the most headed goals in Premier League history will remain unchanged for many years to come …
Dwight Yorke – 38 goals – Aston Villa, Man United, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland.
Yorke made his name in English football with Aston Villa in the mid nineties, before going to enjoy a hugely successful period with Manchester United.
The Trinidad and Tobago international had a superb leap for a relatively small striker, and scored some memorable headers from crosses supplied by David Beckham during United’s 1999 treble winning season.
Later in his career he dropped back into midfield which showcased what a top all-round footballer he was.
Les Ferdinand – 40 goals – QPR, Newcastle, Spurs, West Ham, Leicester City and Bolton.
Sir Les as he was known to his team-mates (on account of his massive slong) was a wonderful striker renowned for how he powerfully attacked and finished off crosses.
His prime years came between 1995-1997 when he netted 41 goals in 68 games for Kevin Keegan’s hugely entertaining Newcastle side that came within a whisker of claiming the Premier League crown.
Ferdinand formed one of English footballs best ever striking partnerships with the brilliant Alan Shearer during his time at St.James Park, before going on to enjoy to win the EFL Cup with Spurs.
For our younger readers, it is no exaggeration to say the powerful hitman was right up there with Didier Drogba in terms of his ability as a target man striker.
Dion Dublin – 45 goals
Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson signed Dublin in 1992 to spearhead his attack, although a broken leg would mean he would only go on to make 12 appearances for the Red Devils.
Despite many people writing him off after the serious injury he suffered at Old Trafford, the big striker would go on to forge an excellent Premier League career for Coventry(yes they were a EPL club), Aston Villa, Leicester City and Norwich.
Dublin was an old school English centre-forward who thrived off balls into the box, and once the delivery was good, he used his superb heading ability to smash it home more often then not.
Alan Shearer – 46 goals
It’s no surprise to see the Premier Leagues all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer on this list.
The former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle man scored a whopping 260 EPL goals, and exactly 17.69 % of those finishes came with his head.
Shearer was obviously a top class header of the ball, but he is probably the only man on this list capable of scoring every type of goal; tap ins, one-on-ones, long rangers, penalties, and free kicks, you name Super Al scored it.
Peter Crouch – 53 goals – QPR, Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke.
Beanpole striker Peter Crouch became the first player ever to score 50 headed goals in the Premier League when he scored in a 1-0 win for Stoke against Southampton at the end of last season.
The 6ft 7in frontman has had a journeyman career. One constant however no matter which club he has represented, has been his talent at finding the net with his head, and when your as tall as the Crouch man, its hardly surprising that aerial ability ranks at the top of his talents.
We’re big fans of Crouchy here at the Football Faithful because he seems to be a genuinely top bloke, and we will never, and we mean never, be able to dislike a man so adept at doing the Robot.