The 10 deadliest strike partnerships the Premier League has ever seen

On the 15th of August 1992, the global football landscape changed forever.

The first-ever round of Premier League fixtures kicked off with Sheffield United’s Brian Dean scoring the competitions inaugural goal in a clash with Manchester United.

Since then, the Premier League has grown in stature and is now the most popular league among football fans all over the world.

Over its 27 year lifespan, we have been treated to football unlike any other, with some of the greatest geniuses to ever kick a ball gracing English pitches.

We really have been spoiled with the calibre of footballer that has chosen to call the Premier League home, but when those footballers chose to combine, it was simply beautiful to watch.

So that got us thinking – what are the ten best striking partnerships to have come out of the Premier League since it’s conception in the early nineties?

Well, we have the answer for you – we went ahead and ranked the deadliest duos based on the number of goals they scored in a single season.

10. Alexandre Lacazette/Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (35 goals 2018/19)

Aubameyang’s goal-scoring prowess saw him secure a share of the Golden boot award while his partnership with Lacazette continued to flourish.

With plenty of time to improve their already special understanding, these two could easily book a spot higher on this list.

9. Dwight Yorke/Andy Cole (35 goals 1998/99)

Cole and Yorke were simply lethal in combination. Their fleet-footed exploits helped guide Manchester United to that unprecedented treble in 1999, scoring 35 goals between them.

Their sweeping strike against Barcelona at the Camp Nou remains one of the most iconic United goals ever scored.

8. Wayne Rooney/Ruud van Nistelrooy (37 goals 2004/05)

The exuberance of a young Rooney set loose to compliment the killer touch of a merciless striker like Van Nistelrooy? How could it get any better?

The proof was in the pudding as the pair notched up 37 goals between them in their first season together.

7. Eidur Gudjonsson/Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (37 goals 2001/02)

Polar opposites in terms of style but we all know that opposites attract.

Hasselbaink and Gudjonnson were simply unstoppable in 01/02, helping Chelsea book a spot in the Champions League before the infamous takeover by Roman Abramovich.

6. Robbie Fowler/Stan Collymore (42 goals 1995/96)

Roy Evans’ attacking style may never have delivered a title, but it did serve up some absolutely scintillating football.

His decision to dovetail Fowler with Collymore proved a stroke of genius as the pair ran riot, netting 42 goals between them – including all four goals in that 4-3 victory over Newcastle.

5. Kevin Phillips/Niall Quinn (44 goals 1999/00)

The fact that Niall Quinn was the last English-based player to win the European Golden Shoe is so often overlooked.

What’s more is that he did it while playing for newly promoted Sunderland, banging in 30 goals while Phillips chipped in with 14 of his own.

4. Alan Shearer/Les Ferdinand (49 goals 1996/97)

You just knew Shearer and Ferdinand were going to pop up somewhere on this list.

There were doubts over whether or not the two would be able to play together but Ferdinand proved to be the perfect foil for the prolific Englishman.

49 goals in one season is no small feat.

3. Alan Shearer/Chris Sutton (49 goals 1994/95)

Remember the time Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title at Anfield?

The Shearer/Sutton partnership was nearly entirely responsible for that. While Shearer may have scored the lions share, Sutton’s contribution of 15 was no less important.

2. Luis Suarez/Daniel Sturridge (52 goals 2013/14)

The driving force behind Liverpool’s breathlessly mad dash towards the Premier League title in 2014, Suarez and Sturridge formed one of the most scintillating partnerships ever seen on English shores.

It could so easily have been more, too, as injuries to Sturridge limited his playing time that season.

1. Andy Cole/Peter Beardsley (55 goals)

Coles’ second appearance on this list surely crowns him as one of the greatest Premier League strikers to have ever lived.

His partnership with Beardsley in 1993/94 propelled Newcastle to a surprise third-place finish in the league with the two simply tearing opposition defenders to shreds.

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