Top five: Premier League goalscoring defenders
John Terry, William Gallas & David Unsworth have all featured on the scoresheet on numerous occasions over the years
When looking at the top goalscorers in Premier League history, you will struggle to find any defenders. Therefore, we have taken care of that with this list of the top five goalscoring defenders.
Three of these defenders are still currently active footballers. No defender has scored more than 40 goals since the initiation of the Premier League era, which may come as a surprise for some.
Statistics are according to Premierleague.com.
5. Julian Dicks | 24 goals | 134 appearances
Along with being the defender with the best goals-to-games ratio on this list, the former West Ham and Liverpool man is also the only individual among them to have recorded double figures for goals in a particular season. That particular season was in 1995/96, when he became the club's joint top scorer of the campaign.
4. William Gallas | 25 goals | 321 appearances
Being the first player to have appeared for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, the Frenchman has had a decent goalscoring history at the first two of his English clubs. The two-time Premier League winner had scored in each season up until he had joined the Spurs in 2010. The 35-year-old had scored the majority of his career goals at the Blues after making the move from Marseille in 2001.
3. Ian Harte | 28 goals | 238 appearances
Another player to have played at three different clubs over the course of his Premier League career, the Irishman has only scored at one of those teams - Leeds United. Ever since departing from Elland Road for another Premier League contestant, the 35-year-old failed to register any goals. The left-back currently plies his trade at Reading, who he had helped promote back into the top flight.
2. John Terry | 32 goals | 387 appearances
Having only ever played for one top-flight club in his career, the Chelsea captain currently ranks behind just one player in this chart.
He has also maintained a record of scoring in each of the past 13 seasons for the Blues. The 32-year-old experienced his greatest goal scoring season in the 2011/12 season when he netted six goals in an unsuccessful league campaign. The London-born centre-back may rank first in the future if he decides to remain at the club he joined over 15 years ago in his youth.
1. David Unsworth | 38 goals | 365 appearances
Having enjoyed 33 of his Premier League goals at Everton, the current Sheffield United assistant manager had played for five other clubs in his top-flight career. The 39-year-old played his last Premier League game in 2007 for Wigan, but is known as the highest scoring defender in its history.
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