Premier League: Ranking the 11 greatest individual seasons in history


There have been some memorable seasons put together by individuals in the Premier League era.

Alan Shearer was incredible for Blackburn in 1994/95, while Thierry Henry had an incredible 2002/03 season.

More recently, Luis Suarez and Yaya Toure both put together record breaking campaigns in 2013/14.

But what was the best ever individual season in the Premier League?

We’ve decided to try and answer that question. We’ve looked through the history books and listed the best 10 individual seasons below:

11. Didier Drogba (2009/10)

Drogba had an extremely disappointing season in 2008/09. The Ivorian striker had an injury riddled campaign and notched just six Premier League goals.

But he earned redemption the following season.

The Chelsea striker made 32 appearances in 2009/10, scoring 29 times. His hat-trick on the last day against Wigan clinched the golden boot and helped his side win the title by one point against Manchester United.

Drogba also recorded 10 assists that season.


10. Alan Shearer (1994/95)

Shearer scored over 30 goals in three consecutive seasons from 1993-1996.

Any of those individual campaigns could have made it on to this list, but we’ve chosen his 94/95 season.

The Englishman, who formed one of the Premier League’s greatest strike partnerships with Chris Sutton, scored 34 Premier League goals as Blackburn won the title.


9. Robin van Persie (2012/13)

Sir Alex Ferguson managed to win the Premier League title in his last season in charge at Man United.

That was made possible due to the signing of Robin van Persie in the summer of 2012.

To say he was good in his first season at United would be an understatement.

The Dutchman was absolutely terrific. He netted 26 goals that campaign, with the most important being his last-minute free-kick against Manchester City.

Without Van Persie, there is no chance United would have won the title.


8. Frank Lampard (2009/10)

The second Chelsea player to make the list from their performances in the 2009/10 season.

Just two centre midfielders have managed to score 20 or more goals in a Premier League season.

Lampard was one of those, notching 22 times in 09/10. He also managed 14 assists.


7. Thierry Henry (2003/04)

Arsenal produced the only invincible season in Premier League history in 2003/04 – with Henry playing a starring role.

The legendary Frenchman had his best season in front of goal, scoring 30 times. He also contributed six assists.

This wasn’t even his best Premier League season…


6. Yaya Toure (2013/14)

Toure put together an absolutely incredible campaign in 2013/14.

The box-to-box midfielder was borderline unstoppable as he almost single-handedly dragged Manchester City to their second Premier League title.

The Ivorian notched 20 goals and became just the second centre midfielder to score over 20 or more goals in a Premier League season.

A graphic of his ridiculous stats from that season has been shared online recently and you can view it below:

However, it wasn’t enough to be named PFA Players’ Player of the Year…


5. Gareth Bale (2012/13)

The Welshman was unstoppable in the 2012/13 season.

Blessed with blistering pace, he frightened the life out of any Premier League defender.

It also seemed like Bale could shoot from anywhere and he would find the top corner.

He was the definition of a one-man team. Spurs finished 5th that season but, without Bale, they may have struggled to make it into the top half.

He finished the campaign with 21 goals and that tally helped him earn a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million to Real Madrid.


4. Mohamed Salah (2017/18)

There were question marks surrounding Liverpool’s purchase of Salah in the summer of 2017.

Yes, the Egyptian had shone for Roma, but he had a very poor stint with Chelsea earlier on in the decade.

So, when Liverpool brought him for a fee worth up to €50m, they were mocked.

Salah proceeded to silence his haters as he shattered record-after-record.

He managed to score 32 times that season and record 10 assists. What makes his goal tally even more impressive is the fact he only scored one penalty.


3. Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08)

Ronaldo truly emerged into one of the best players in the world in 2007/08.

To say he was unstoppable for Man United is an understatement.

He notched 31 goals and recorded six assists as United won the title by two points from Chelsea.

The Portuguese was rewarded for his scintillating form as he picked up his first Ballon d’Or trophy at the end of the year.


2. Thierry Henry (2002/03)

Scoring 20 goals in a season is good going. Recording 20 assists in a season is a huge feat.

But to do both in the same season?!

Henry became the first – and still the only player – to do just that in 2002/03. In total, he notched 24 goals and 20 assists. That’s ridiculous.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to drag Arsenal to the title.


1. Luis Suarez (2013/14)

Suarez actually missed the first five games of this season through suspension.

But he was absolutely unplayable for the rest of the campaign after making his return.

In total, he scored 31 times – with none coming from the penalty spot. He also recorded 12 assists and created 22 big chances.

It’s also worth mentioning that Suarez did this playing alongside the likes of Aly Cissokho, Jon Flanagan and Joe Allen on a weekly basis.

Yes, this season ended horribly for Liverpool and Suarez. They infamously ended up losing the title to Man City.

But that doesn’t take away from anything that the Uruguayan achieved. It can be said that without him, they wouldn’t have even have finished in the Champions League spots.

And that’s exactly what happened the following season.


Honourable mentions

It was hard to narrow the list down to just 10.

Some incredible individual seasons that came close to making the list but just missed out include:  Kevin Phillips (1999/20), Cesc Fabregas (2009/10), Wayne Rooney (2009/10), Riyad Mahrez (2015/16), Virgil van Dijk (2018/19) and Eden Hazard (2018/19).

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