Newcastle soared into the Premier League under Kevin Keegan and took it by storm, United finished 3rd top and Andy Cole was a key figure in that success.
The Premier League didn’t know what had hit them as Keegan’s brand of attacking football created chance after chance for Andy Cole and it was exhilarating stuff, with the United striker in goalden (sorry) form.
Cole hit an incredible 34 goals in his Premier League debut season and that record still stands today as the best return in the Premier League ere.
Now however, that record could be under threat.
Luis Suarez has already scored 22 goals so far, he has 16 matches (unless he bites some more people) to get the 13 goals he needs and as he has scored at over a goal a game so far he looks to have every chance.
The excellent Sporting Intelligence website has produced the table below, showing every striker who has hit 25 goals in a Premier League season.
As well as Cole’s stand out debut season, these stats show just why Shearer is the greatest Premier League striker ever.
In the four seasons before he picked up that horrendous pre-season injury at Goodison park in 1997, Shearer scored 31, 31, 34 and 25 in the four seasons, the first three of those at Blackburn and then the fourth one was playing alongside Les Ferdinand at Newcastle.
In those four seasons, Shearer scored an incredible 121 goals in 148 matches.
The table below was put together before last weekend’s matches but Suarez failed to score against Villa, so he now has 22 goals from 17 matches and while his average goals per game has gone down slightly to 1.29 goals per match, you have to acknowledge what a great forward he is – no matter how shocking his other behaviour.