We started writing a series on the Premier League’s greatest strikers last week, starting with the best from the 90s. Here’s the second part of the series, with our focus shifting to the greatest Premier League strikers from the 2000s. If the 90s had a huge list to choose from, the 2000s was even tougher.
Before we begin with our list, here are some factors we adhered to while choosing the greatest Premier League forwards of the 2000s:
The striker’s prime years have had to be between 2000 to 2010. For this very reason, you will not find Robin Van Persie on the list, as his best years came after 2010.
The player has had to have primarily played as a striker or supporting forward during these years. Cristiano Ronaldo mainly operated as a winger for Manchester United, so he was not considered for this list.
While ranking the strikers, we considered their goal-scoring exploits, the goal-scoring rate, trophies won, and most importantly the legacy they left on their respective teams and the Premier League in general.
As a precursor to our list, here are some honorable mentions; strikers who were great in their own right, but not enough to make it to the Top 10.