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Every Premier League club’s top goalscorer of the decade

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:54, 30 December 2019

There we have it, the Premier League is over for another decade.

The 2010s have flown by, with some great moments including Leicester City’s fairytale title win, Manchester City‘s record-breaking domination under Pep Guardiola and the revival of Liverpool.

Man City lead the way for titles in the decade with four, one ahead of Chelsea and two clear of Manchester United – the only other sides to win more than one in the 2010s.

But those are team accomplishments. Which players have thrived individually between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019?

We’ve taken a look at the top scorers of each Premier League club, currently in the top flight, over the decade with some surprising names still leading the way.

Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

Goals: 73
Appearances: 180

Arsenal had a number of good goalscorers in the 2010s including Robin van Persie, Alexis Sanchez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But it is current Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud who takes the crown for most goals scored, netting 73 in the Premier League between signing in 2012 and leaving in 2018.

Aston Villa (Christian Benteke)

Goals: 42
Appearances: 89

Christian Benteke spent three years with Aston Villa between 2012 and 2015 before leaving for Liverpool. In that time he managed 42 goals in 89 Premier League appearances, earning him the move to Anfield although it didn’t work out. Villa’s time out of the Premier League between 2016 and 2019 helped secure Benteke as the club’s top scorer of the 2010s.

Bournemouth (Joshua King)

Goals: 45
Appearances: 151

Although Callum Wilson has made a name for himself as Bournemouth’s main goalscorer in the Premier League, the Englishman’s injury-hit start sees Joshua King as the club’s top scorer of the 2010s. The Norwegian grabbed 45 in 151 games across the past decade including three in the first half of the 2019/20 season.

Brighton & Hove Albion (Glenn Murray)

Goals: 25
Appearances: 82

Glenn Murray hasn’t played much for Brighton this season but he remains clear as Brighton’s top Premier League goalscorer in past decade. Brighton only entered the top flight in 2017 and Murray scored 12 in their maiden campaign before adding 13 the following year to help them fight off relegation.

Burnley (Ashley Barnes)

Goals: 38
Appearances: 154

Ashley Barnes was in good goalscoring form in the first half of the 2019/20 season and it secured his spot as Burnley’s top scorer for the 2010s. Five of Barnes’ 38 came in the 2014/15 season as Burnley were relegated but he returned with them a year later and has caused Premier League defences problems since.

Chelsea (Eden Hazard)

Goals: 85
Appearances: 244

Eden Hazard left Chelsea in the summer of 2019 with a host of trophies and the spot as the club’s top goalscorer of the 2010s. The Belgian outlasted the likes of Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba to spent seven years with the Blues which brought a good return of 85 – even though his 2015/16 campaign was one to forget.

Crystal Palace (Wilfried Zaha)

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Goals: 35
Appearances: 183

Wilfried Zaha was at the heart of Crystal Palace over the past decade so it is no surprise to see him as the club’s top scorer. Even with a year out at Manchester United, Zaha stands above the rest at Palace with the club having struggled for goalscorers in the 2010s.

Everton (Romelu Lukaku)

Goals: 68
Appearances: 141

Everton really haven’t had a striker like Romelu Lukaku for some time, and they certainly miss his goals. In four seasons with the Toffees, including one on loan, the Belgian was one of the best strikers in the Premier League scoring 68 goals in 141 appearances before eventually joining Manchester United.

Leicester City (Jamie Vardy)

Goals: 97
Appearances: 195

When Leicester were promoted ahead of the 2014/15 season, not many could have expected what would happen next. With Jamie Vardy leading the line, the Foxes won the 2015/16 Premier League title and the former non-league striker earned a regular spot in the England squad. Even now Vardy continues to score and is closing in on 100 Premier League goals.

Liverpool (Luis Suarez)

Goals: 69
Appearances: 110

Although Liverpool have been enjoying their goals recently, no one was able to dethrone Luis Suarez as the club’s top scorer of the 2010s. The Uruguayan joined in 2011 and quickly set the Premier League alight with his ruthless scoring, particularly against Norwich City. Three years later he left with 69 Premier League goals to his name.

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Manchester City (Sergio Aguero)

Goals: 174
Appearances: 254

The Premier League‘s top scorer of the decade, Sergio Aguero will go down as one of the division’s best ever strikers. Since joining Man City in 2011 he has been key to their success and is the club’s all-time top scorer while also working his way up the Premier League‘s list.

Manchester United (Wayne Rooney)

Goals: 104
Appearances: 217

The Premier League‘s second highest goalscorer of all time, 104 of Wayne Rooney’s tally came at Manchester United between 2010 and 2019. Rooney started the decade as the star striker at Old Trafford but slowly moved back the pitch as the likes of Van Persie arrived.

Newcastle United (Papiss Cisse)

Goals: 37
Appearances: 117

Forever remembered for his wondergoal against Chelsea in 2012, Newcastle fans may not be happy to see Papiss Cisse as their top scorer for the decade. A good goalscorer in his time, the Senegal forward only spent four seasons with the Magpies – who have been unable to replace his goals with a regular scorer in recent years.

Norwich City (Grant Holt)

Goals: 23
Appearances: 70

Norwich’s time in and out of the Premier League sees Grant Holt end the decade as their top scorer in the division. The striker managed 23 goals in 70 games at the start of the 2010s as Norwich’s favoured striker.

Sheffield United (Lys Mousset)

Goals: 5
Appearances: 17

Sheffield United spent the large part of the decade out of the Premier League, only returning for the 2019/20 campaign. As such, current top scorer Lys Mousset is their best marksman of the decade.

Southampton (Rickie Lambert)

Goals: 28
Appearances: 75

One of Southampton’s most interesting players in their initial return to the Premier League, Rickie Lambert scored 28 goals in 75 games, earning him a move to Liverpool. Unfortunately for Saints, no player has managed to better his record for the decade, although some stars have gone close.

Tottenham Hotspur (Harry Kane)

Goals: 136
Appearances: 197

Tottenham were struggling in the striker department until Harry Kane broke into the first team, blowing away all those before him. The Englishman made almost 200 Premier League appearances for Tottenham in the decade, scoring a ridiculous 136 goals.

Watford (Troy Deeney)

Goals: 40
Appearances: 145

Mr Watford, Troy Deeney is unsurprisingly the Hornets’ top scorer of the decade. Leading the line with aggression, the Englishman gave Premier League defences something different to think about in the 2010s and would have had more goals in injury hadn’t hampered his career at periods.

West Ham United (Mark Noble)

Goals: 33
Appearances: 277

Despite being an ever-present, West Ham fans will not be happy to see Mark Noble as the club’s top scorer for the 2010s given that it speaks volumes of their failure to nail down a long-term striker. The midfielder managed 33 goals across the decade which saw him outscore West Ham’s failed striking experiments, with the club unable to settle on one forward.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Steven Fletcher)

Goals: 22
Appearances: 50

Raul Jimenez has been brilliant for Wolves since signing but his 21 Premier League goals were not enough to topple Steven Fletcher for the decade. Fletcher was Wolves’ main man in their previous Premier League spell, although his goals could not keep them up.