Sunday 30 April 2017

Question nobody asked

Who has scored in three premier league decades

A O'Hara

TWO more veterans joined the list this weekend but midfielders lead strikers by seven to five in the tally of those players who have scored in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

In scoring his 100th goal for United to beat Wolverhampton on Saturday, Paul Scholes put his name on the list of players who have scored in three Premier League decades while earlier in the day a goal for Bolton striker Kevin Davies (as well as those he scored at Southampton and Blackburn) put him on the list.

Before being injured and ruled out for the rest of the season, Michael Owen squeezed in a goal against West Ham to join fellow strikers Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea), Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, Southampton, Aston Villa and Birmingham) and Louis Saha (Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Everton) as one of players to score in the three decades.

The other six players on the list are midfielders and include some that you might expect, such as Frank Lampard (West Ham and Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and Gareth Barry (Aston Villa and Man City) and some that you might eventually think of in Ireland's Damien Duff (Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham) and Danny Murphy (Liverpool, Charlton, Tottenham and Fulham).

The final player, however, has scored just 18 goals in 450 games in the Premier League for Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull yet has managed to stretch them across three decades. As Andy Gray might put it, take a bow George Boateng.

Irish Independent

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