5 Best Foreign Strikers to Have Played In the Premier League
Ever since its revamp and resurgence in the early 90s, the Premier League has been graced with some exceptional footballing talents from all around the world.
Though, initially, the focus was primarily on English footballers, the Premiership gradually became more welcoming and content with foreign talents displaying their prominence in the league. Since then, there has been a plethora of great footballers who have enriched the league with their supreme skills and innate consistency.
As it is the case in modern football, the striker is the most pursued and followed player in the whole team and similarly, the EPL has been privileged to have witnessed some of the best forwards in Europe throughout the course of last few decades.
Whilst some of them played in slightly different positions at times too, but majority of them has the responsibility of leading the team’s attack and they managed to do with aplomb.
Here we list five of the best foreign strikers to have played in the Premier League:
5 Didier Drogba:
Didier Drogba is certainly the pioneer of Chelsea’s resurgence under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho in the mid-2000s. The Ivorian international might also be the greatest ever African player to have enhanced the quality of the Premier League with his insane talent.
Drogba played for Chelsea in two spells, but it was his first term over there that made him one of the greatest ever strikers to have played in the Premiership. He scored 104 goals in 254 Premier League appearances.
It should be noted that Drogba played the initial years of his career at Chelsea in the pragmatic setup of Mourinho, where he was the focal point of the attack and the team usually sneaked through with 1-0, 2-0 victory. Drogba also notched 54 assists in the Premier League, which is an impressive number for an out-and-out striker.
He scored 17 headed goals, which underlines his aerial dominance, something that was a vital aspect of his overall gameplay. Moreover, Drogba propelled his team to four Premier League titles.
He had a knack of scoring goals on the big occasion, which earned him a cult status amongst the Chelsea faithful. Drogba won the Golden Boot on two occasions; 2007/08 and 2009/10. He had an enigmatic, infectious influence over others, and that rubbed off on his teammates too.