These legendary figures are popular for their goalscoring and chance creating ability.
The Premier League is one of the most competitive football leagues in the world. Since its inception in 1993-94, the league has seen several legendary footballers play in it. The English top division’s rebranding into the Premier League was a major step in English football which has become a global powerhouse in football today.
In terms of the financial strength of the football teams, the Premier League leads others by a big margin. Each team in the division is capable of attracting top talent and has done so for many years. As a result, only the best of the best ply their trade in the league and create goalscoring benchmarks every other year.
Having a lot of goal involvement is a sign of a player’s attacking prowess. Being able to score and create scoring opportunities for teammates is a hallmark of a world class footballer. Below are five players that have the most goal involvement in a single Premier League season:
5. Mohamed Salah – 42
Liverpool FC’s Mohamed Salah recorded 42 goal involvements during the 2017-18 season. He scored 32 goals and won the golden boot in his first Premier League season with the Reds. On top of that, the Egyptian also had 10 assists.
Since joining the club in 2017, Salah has helped Liverpool win a Premier League title after multiple decades. Furthermore, the winger also helped the team win the UEFA Champions League for a sixth time.
4. Luis Suarez – 43
Luis Suarez was in devastating form for Liverpool FC during the 2013-14 season. The Uruguayan scored a massive 31 goals, winning the golden boot in the process. Interestingly, he could only play 33 matches after serving a ban and did not score any goal from the penalty spot. Adding to his 31 goals, Suarez provided 12 assists too.
That particular season is famous for Liverpool’s debacle in the final few games of the season. The title went towards Manchester City’s way and Suarez’s individual effort was not enough to hand the title to the Reds.
3. Thierry Henry – 44
Arsenal club legend Thierry Henry holds the second-highest tally in terms of most goal involvements in a single Premier League season. The Frenchman made 44 goal contributions during the 2002-03 season. Surprisingly, Henry did not win the golden boot with 24 goals during that season. Ruud Van Nistelrooy had 25 goals for Manchester United.
However, Thierry Henry created the Premier League record for most assists in a single season. He provided 20 assists, a feat which still stands today. Furthermore, he became the first and only player to score and assist 20+ times each in a single league campaign.
2. Andrew Cole – 47
Andrew Cole was one of the most prolific strikers back in his playing days. The forward is tied at the top with 47 goal involvements in a single Premier League season. The 1993-94 season was also his debut season, which saw Cole rip the competition apart.
While playing for Newcastle United, he scored 34 goals and won the golden boot. In addition to 34 strikes, Cole also made 13 assists for his teammates. Despite his valiant effort, the league title went to Manchester United, a team he would later end up joining.
1. Alan Shearer – 47
Alan Shearer is a legend in English football. He is the outright leader in terms of scoring the most goals (260) and having the most goal involvements (324) overall. The forward single-handedly guided Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title with 34 goals, winning the golden boot too.
Apart from his goals, Shearer was crucial in helping the team become champions. After all, he made 13 assists, replicating Andy Cole’s numbers from a season ago. This was the highest number of assists Shearer would go on to post in a single season ever.