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Premier League: Top Five bruising strikers

Shearer is the Premier League's leading goalscorer. (©GettyImages)
Shearer is the Premier League's leading goalscorer. (©GettyImages).

Didier Drogba produced a display of brutish brilliance to down Napoli in the Champions League, and send Chelsea through to the quarter-finals.

The Ivorian's bullied the Italian's back-four, netting the first before setting up Branislav Ivanovic for the Blues' extra time winner. It was a performance that was typical of Drogba's career in English football, as he bulldozed his way through, spearheading his side's victory on Wednesday night.

To celebrate Drogba's heroics, GMF thought it an ideal time to look at the Premier League strikers who over the years have used physical strength, rather than pure skill, to succeed at the highest level.
 

Kevin Davies

After failing to succeed with his new style at Blackburn Rovers and then during his second spell at Southampton, Davies became the fulcrum of Bolton Wanderers' attack. His high foul count defined his agricultural approach, but assists and goals came aplenty.

Aged 33, Davies was handed his one and only international cap against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
 

Didier Drogba

As successful a signing as any in the Roman Abramovich era, Drogba has toiled with the best defences the Premier League has to offer.

Often bullying his way through matches, the 34-year-old proved integral to each of Chelsea's Premier League titles. His reign as an uncompromising forward in English football doesn't look like letting up.
 

Duncan Ferguson

Often the focal point of Everton and Newcastle United's attack, while carrying a reputation of breaching the rules on regular occasions.

His punch on Paul Scharner was the tip of the iceberg in terms of his misdemeanors on the pitch, but his strength on the ball proved a real asset, with Manchester United regularly breached.
 

John Hartson

Prolific in his early days with West Ham United, but indiscipline and lack of form threatened to derail his career.

After kicking teammate Eyal Berkovic in the face, the Welshman was soon off to Wimbledon where he endured a torrid spell before his move to Celtic, as he used his 6ft 1in frame to win the Players' Player of the Year in 2005.
 

Alan Shearer

Adapted his game from his early days, to become as fearsome a striker as the Premier League has ever seen. Still the league's record goalscorer and a constant threat with his back to goal.

Worked as an ideal foil for the likes of Craig Bellamy and Michael Owen and is regarded as Newcastle United's greatest player of recent times.

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