Ex-Newcastle star (Not Shearer!) quickest ever to 50 Premier League goals and assists
If you weren’t around at the time, it is hard to explain just how exciting it was to watch Andy Cole playing for Newcastle United.
Arriving in February 1993 Cole signed from Bristol City in a club record £1.75m transfer deal.
He quickly became a firm fan favourite as his goals and all round play helped ensure Newcastle got promotion and ended up as champions of the second tier.
However, it was that first season in the Premier League when both Andy Cole and Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United overall, were absolutely breathtaking throughout the season.
Finishing third in their first season up and qualifying for Europe was what dreams are made of.
Newcastle in 1993/94 had many great players but the whole focus of the team was built around getting the ball to Andy Cole at the sharp end, just like it would be with Les Ferdinand who followed, then Alan Shearer.
Oh to have one of those three now!
Anyway, Newcastle fans who were around then, know just how good Andy Cole was, but do they really know just how devastating he was in those early days when compared to all other Premier League stars that came before or have followed?
Responding to a question, Martin Tyler has produced a list of the players who reached 50 Premier League goals and assists the quickest.
43 Andy Cole
54 Alan Shearer
54 Eric Cantona
61 Teddy Sheringham
62 Diego Costa
63 Michael Owen
63 Ruud van Nistelrooy
63 Fernando Torres
It gets even better though.
Andy Cole almost reached that 50 goals and assists in only one season, playing 40 of the 42 matches in 1993/94.
However, it only took him the third match of 1994/95 season to reach the 50 mark but that actually came in a game where he scored two and got one assist as Newcastle hammered Southampton 5-1 at St James Park.
That day it took his overall total to 50 and then beyond, as by the time of the final whistle he had 38 goals and 14 assists in those first 43 games. Brilliant.
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