Newcastle Strikers All Time Top Premier League Duo
There is much talk at the minute about the formations Premier League clubs are playing at the minute without traditional strikers a lot of the time, a trend Spain took to extremes in this era’s Euros.
A look back over the modern history of the Premier League shows that when it comes to strike partnerships, Newcastle United had the very best in terms of goals.
At the very top of the tree you have the Andy Cole/Peter Beardsley link-up that produced an incredible 55 Premier League goals in the 1993/94 season, Cole was outrageously good and hit 34, with Peter Beardsley weighing in with another 21.
This is easily the best in Premiership history but there are some familiar faces in the next best list (from the 1995/95 season each team played 38 matches as compared to the previous 42);
1994/95 – Alan Shearer (34) and Chris Sutton (15) scored 49 for Blackburn.
1999/2000 – Kevin Phillips (30) and Niall Quinn (14) combined with 44 for the mackems.
1995/96 – Robbie Fowler (28) and Stan Collymore (14) hit 42 for the red half of Merseyside.
1996/97 – Alan Shearer (25) and Les Ferdinand (16) memorably teamed up for only the one season in black & white, scoring 41
Last season Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse hit 29 between them, with Demba Ba on 16 and Cisse with 13 in just under half a season. One of Alan Pardew’s biggest jobs is of course how to get the best out of BOTH strikers but that is proving elusive so far this season, with Ba in great goalscoring form but Cisse failing to fire.
Most fans seem to believe that playing a more traditional front two isn’t the way forward for Newcastle but maybe the real truth is when you look at the goalscoring records of players like Alan Shearer and Andy Cole, there is still a long way to go before either of our current forwards is mentioned in the same breath as either of those two past United heroes.
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