Everyone loves goals, and for footballers there is no better feeling than hitting the back of the net.
With over 1,000 goals scored in the Premier League this season, here we look at the league’s top scoring XI.
Goalkeeper: Julio César | QPR | Assists: 1
As no goalkeepers scored a goal this year unlike last season in which Tim Howard scored a 90 yard screamer, Julio César starts in goal courtesy of his one assist, although it is his shot-stopping that has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal - not his goalscoring exploits.
Right-back: Emmerson Boyce | Goals: 4
The Barbados international captained his side Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory over Manchester City at Wembley in May, but he chalked up and impressive four goals in the league too including an outrageous back-heel against Swansea.
Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham | Goals: 4
The Belgian was one of the best new arrivals in the Premier League this season, and was consistently one of Spurs’ best players on the park once he began to start games. With 3 assists as well his return is commendable for a player who was predominantly played as a centre-back.
Centre-back: Branislav Ivanovic | Chelsea | Goals: 5
Ivanovic has a taste for important goals. After scoring his first two goals for Chelsea in the same Champions League semi-final 1st leg match at Anfield in 2009, he scored a 93rd-minute Europa League winner for Chelsea last month as well, to bring home a second European trophy in two years for Chelsea.
Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton | Goals: 5
This season finally saw Baines receive the recognition he deserves. Added to his seven assists he was been directly involved in no less than 12 goals in the league this season, and he whipped in 145 crosses to as he bombed down Everton’s left flank.
Right-wing: Theo Walcott | Arsenal | Goals: 14
Having been moved to the central striker berth for parts of this season, Walcott’s goal-tally has improved. Despite a frustrating injury near the end of the season he still clocked up 14 goals and 13 assists, which represents a good campaign for the England international.
Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard | Chelsea | Goals: 15
Chelsea’s record goal-scorer, Lampard proved many a critic wrong this season as he went from strength to strength in the middle of Chelsea’s gruelling fixture pile-up. For a genuine box-to box midfielder, 15 goals without having started a huge number of games, is a fantastic achievement, but the fact this is a habit is a testament to him and his career.
Centre-midfielder: Michu | Swansea City | Goals: 18
The Spaniard enjoyed a dream start to life in one of the world’s most competitive leagues. Despite understandably fading very slightly after Swansea’s Capital One Cup triumph, he was as responsible as anyone in guiding Swansea to a ninth-place finish.
Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Tottenham | Goals: 21
Spurs face an uphill battle to keep their star man at White Hart Lane this summer. After a glorious season which included several goal of the season contenders, Bale has attracted serious interest from Real Madrid as his performances were reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo’s during his Manchester United days.
Striker: Luis Suarez | Liverpool | Goals: 23
Whilst the cloud of previous misdemeanours looms over the Uruguayan and his team, his achievements on the pitch will always be tainted. Nevertheless, on the pitch he excelled again this year, as he was easily Liverpool’s best player for large parts of the season.
Striker: Robin van Persie | Manchester United | Goals: 26
The Dutchman was as the Premier League’s top scorer for a second consecutive season, as he helped Manchester United to a 20th league title. Van Persie’s contribution is underlined by United’s easy manner of victory this year after narrowly missing out to local rivals City last year.
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