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Best Striker Partnerships in the Premiership

wayne rooney2 Best Striker Partnerships in the Premiership

In today’s transfer news, it looks like Hernan Crespo wants to return to Italy while Bayern Munich are inching closer to signing Ruud Van Nistelrooy. The question it leaves in my mind is this: Who are the strikers that’ll be banging in the goals this upcoming season?

At Liverpool, the team has Craig Bellamy, Robbie Fowler and Peter Crouch available. Quite a bunch of misfits, but all three of them could achieve goals if they’re in-form. However, for me, they’re all too inconsistent.

Manchester United, meanwhile, has Wayne Rooney, Van Nistelrooy (for now), Louis Saha, Ole Solksjaer, Giuseppi Rossi and Alan Smith. Rossi has failed to net any goals in the friendly matches in South Africa. Smith, when not injured, is a better midfielder than striker. Solksjaer can be clinical in his finishing but is too injury prone. So, Saha and Rooney would be their best bets but they need adequate service from midfield.

Chelsea have the pick of the bunch with Shevchenko and Drogba up front, with Crespo probably on his way out, but Kalou (from the Ivory Coast) as a back-up. He scored 15 goals last season for Feyenoord in the Dutch league, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs in the Premiership. It’ll be fascinating to see how Drogba and Shevchenko link up, unless Mourinho decides to stay with a 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation.

Looking at Arsenal, the team has the most number of dangerous striking options with Thierry Henry, Adebayor, Robin Van Persie and Antonio Reyes. Van Persie and Reyes, though, need to step up their goalscoring output.

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5 Responses to Best Striker Partnerships in the Premiership

  1. The Mod says:

    Arsenal do have the best although i am a man utd fan. Liverpool have prob the worst. Crouch is an overrated player and will always be through out his career. Robbie Fowler is god of the bench now, and bellamy is a wife beater. Whats next? Lets add Xavier the steroid master!
    Chelsea have to many opinions and it wont work.

  2. The Scout says:

    Arsenal’s youth have potential but the difference in goal production between Henry and his fellow forwards is staggering.

    There are a couple of new potential partnerships that could make things interesting. Bent-Hasselbaink, Johnson-Beattie and Samaras-Vassell will be worth keeping an eye on early in the season. Of those the Bent-Hasselbaink is the most intriguing. Hasselbaink bagged 10 goals in a sporadic Premiership role for Middlesbrough and Bent nabbed 18 goals for Charlton. Can they improve as a pairing?

  3. riocharlie says:

    Add Rosicky to the wealth at arsenal, but what r they gonna do on the back line? No more Cygan please.

  4. Aussie says:

    Forget Arsenal and there tired forward lineup of showponnies .. the hard working team of Dafoe and Keane along with Zokora will bring it all home to Spurs

  5. The Scout says:


    The Keane-Defoe-Berbatov trio will also be interesting to watch. Berbatov has been hot in pre-season so far so will one of Keane or Defoe be on the bench again?

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