Premier League teams have a great record of producing young players especially Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton in recent years. The famous Sir Alex Ferguson Class of 92 was entirely academy products natured to become the best. They include David Beckham, Phil and Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt among others. The focus today is goals before they turn 23 years. It is a challenge for the likes of Leroy Sane, Dele Alli, and Marcus Rashford. Let us take a closer look at players who scored the highest number of goals before they turned 23 in the Premier League history;
7.Chris Sutton- Chelsea, Black Burn Rovers
Goals by age 23: 49 goals
Superb result for Blackburn Rovers!! Great courage and character to come back from a goal down and win…nearly there👏👏
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) April 19, 2018
Little is known about Chris Sutton but for those who watched Premier League in the 90’s, you will remember the man who joined hands with Alan Shearer to help Blackburn Rovers surprise everyone to lift the Premier League trophy in 1995. He also had a one year spell at Chelsea in 1999/2000 season. He retired in 2007 at Aston Villa in 2007.
6. Harry Kane- Tottenham Hotspurs
Goals by age 23: 49 goals
Tottenham Hotspur fans must be feeling great to watch Harry Kane play every weekend. He turned 24 on 28 July 2017 but he has already scored 62 goals in only 99 appearances. He has a great goal ratio per match and he can only get better as he matures. By the time he turned 23, he had scored 49 goals. This season, he has netted 26 League goals so far.
5.Cristiano Ronaldo- Manchester United
Goals by age 23: 54 goals
Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Club at the age of 19 years and four years later he had scored 54 goals. He went on to will the Premier League and European golden boots as well the famous Ballon d’Or. He also helped the Red Devils lift UEFA Champions League before leaving in 2009 to join Spanish giants Real Madrid for a record fee.
4. Romelu Lukaku- Everton/West Brom/Manchester United
Goals by age 23: 60
Many football fans and pundits have questioned the age of Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku. However, that did not prevent him from scoring 60 goals before he turned 23 years. A good chunk of his goals came during his days at West Brom on a season-long loan from Chelsea. He scored 20 plus goals per season at Everton to earn himself a transfer to Old Trafford. In his first season, he has netted 27 goals which is a career best for him in a single season.