Barclays Premier League's Top Strikers/Attackers - 2010-11 Season
Alan Shearer remains the Premier League's greatest ever goalscorer, netting 260 goals in the top flight with Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton, and while nobody approached Shearer's most prodigous tallies this season, a number of attackers still put in recognition-worthy seasons. FOX Soccer's Jamie Trecker apicks his top strikers - nay, attackers - from the 2010-11 season.
Javier Hernandez, Manchester United
The steal of the season. The former Chivas man signed by United for a pittance (reportedly $10m and some exhibition games!) has been United's most dynamic player down the stretch. An absolutely lethal poacher, the Mexican starlet could be the next great player in world football. United States national team fans should be very nervous.
Carlos Tevez, Manchester City
The unhappy Argentine is City's best and most valuable player. When he's not on the field, City lack cut and creativity. He won the FA Cup with City and scored plenty of goals, but it’s unlikely he’s sticking around next season. He loathes Manchester and is expected to sell for nearly $80m.
Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United
Last season the Bulgarian was vilified, but this year he has finally shown United fans what we all thought he could produce. The result? He's a golden boot contender and arguably carried his side early in the season thanks to his hot form. Twenty big goals in the league will do that.
Darren Bent, Sunderland/Aston Villa
How important is Darren Bent? When Sunderland sold him, the team sat sixth in the league. By the end of the season, they were flirting with the drop. Unfortunately even his seven goals to date at Villa hasn’t stopped the rot there.
Didier Drogba, Chelsea
How good is he? Well, ask yourself what the Blues might have done if they hadn't unsettled their key player by wasting money on the biggest bust in transfer history. Ask yourself how many goals Drogba might have had had he not been stricken by malaria. Then ask yourself who the one man Chelsea has to start with if they want to win games.
Charlie Adam, Blackpool
Blackpool may well be heading back down to the Championship. If they do dive, it won't be for lack of trying. Their attack-only mentality isn't enough to win games in this league, but it was thrilling to see a player with the quality of Adam, essentially a midfielder with a licence to roam. Liverpool wanted him in the January transfer window and he's certain to be heading to a bigger club.
Andy Carroll, Newcastle/Liverpool
As Sunderland did with Bent, Newcastle lost a lot when they unloaded one of the best pure young strikers in the game. Some wondered if Carroll could rise to the level required at Liverpool. He has and looks set to continue alongside Luis Suarez up top.
Clint Dempsey, Fulham
The American broke Fulham's all-time scoring record this year when he scored twice against Bolton in April, taking him past fellow Yank Brian McBride. He's got 12 Premier League goals to date to make him his club's most prolific marksman and solidifying the Deuce as the best American playing abroad.
Kevin Davies, Bolton
The Bolton captain isn't his team's leading scorer (that would be Johan Elmander) but he’s been a major reason the club has excelled this season. More than almost any other striker in the league, Davies leads by example, more than once picking Wanderers up and carrying it.
Robin van Persie, Arsenal
A bright spot for a team that collapsed in spectacular fashion, van Persie remains one of the league's best marksmen, scoring some big, big goals for the Gunners. How long he wants to hang around a team that clearly can’t win any silverware remains an open question. As it is, right now, he's essentially irreplaceable to a club gasping for air.
Peter Odemwingie, West Bromwich Albion
The Nigerian (by way of Uzbekistan) was integral to WBA's late revival, and for a time was the hottest striker in the Prem. He has 15 for the club at press time, but his biggest contribution might well have been the assist he notched Sunday in the club's win against Everton to ensure WBA's safety.
Can you do better?
We've picked out the best strikers in the Barclays Premier League this season, but maybe you don't agree. Is there a player you think deserves to be amongst the elite? Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt has been in the goals since Kenny Dalglish since he took over as manager, but is he worth a place at the top table? Let us know. Cast your vote in the poll (below) and share your choices in the comments. And who knows? The strikers our readers select might be better than our own.