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Tuesday 20 Jan 2004

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Two of English football's most prolific performers, Thierry Henry and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, are closing in on their 100th Premiership goals.

Hasselbaink is just two short of the ton while Henry has a goal fewer, however the pair are down in ninth and 10th respectively on the list of Premiership goalscorers still playing.

The vast majority of the Barclaycard Premiership's all-time top scorers are still active, with just Ian Wright, who scored 113 goals, and the 101-goal Matt Le Tissier having hung up their boots.

Here 4thegame takes a look at the 10 highest scoring current Barclaycard Premiership stars.

ALAN SHEARER (237 goals, 365 appearances) - The Premiership's undisputed goalscoring king, with a massive 78 more to his name than his nearest challenger. His time at Blackburn and Newcastle may have only yielded one major trophy, but the former England captain finished top scorer in three consecutive seasons despite a string of serious injuries. Games per goal: 1.54.

ANDY COLE (159 goals, 231 appearances) - Prolific in his time at Newcastle, Cole lost his touch slightly after his move to Manchester United. The top scorer in 1993-94 season, Cole has a better goals-per-game ratio than Shearer, although unlike his eventual replacement at Newcastle he never translated that into England goals. Switch to Blackburn in 2001 brought another drop in goals. Games per goal: 1.45.

LES FERDINAND (144 goals, 327 appearances) - A veteran of five Premiership clubs, Ferdinand has hit the back of the net with regularity wherever he has played. His pace and power gave him the edge earlier in his career when he made his name at QPR, subsequent spells with Newcastle and Tottenham saw him mature as a player and scored the Premiership's 10,000th goal. The goals still flowed and West Ham and Leicester have benefited late in his career. Games per goal: 2.27.

ROBBIE FOWLER (140 goals, 298 appearances) - Hailed as the best natural goalscorer the Premiership has ever known during his Liverpool days, Fowler never fulfilled that potential. The flow of goals continued when he left Anfield for Leeds, although fitness troubles meant he never played regularly. Current club Manchester City are yet to get the best out of him, something England became familiar with. Games per goal: 2.12.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM (137 goals, 364 appearances) - A steady goal-every-other-game striker at Tottenham before capping his career with a spell at Manchester United, who he helped with the European Cup in 1999. His return to White Hart Lane never reached the heights of his first spell but he is still going strong at Portsmouth. Arguably more effective in international action than domestic, his clever forward play alongside Shearer in Euro 96 almost took England to glory. Games per goal: 2.65.

DWIGHT YORKE (120 goals, 326 appearances) - Nine years at Aston Villa saw the Trinidadian established as one of the top flight's deadliest marksmen and a move to Manchester United beckoned. His goals there were the mainstay of United's treble-winning season but a fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson, rather than a lack of end product, saw him leave Old Trafford. Has never hit top gear at Blackburn. Games per goal: 2.71.

DION DUBLIN (110 goals, 304 appearances) - A move to Manchester United brought him to the public's attention but it was not until Coventry shelled out £2million on him in 1994 that the top flight saw his true goal-scoring touch. Almost single-handedly kept the Sky Blues in the Premiership for four years before moving across the midlands to Aston Villa where more goals steadily followed. Games per goal: 2.76

MICHAEL OWEN (110 goals, 200 appearances) - Easily the youngest member of the top 10 at 24, Owen has been the lynchpin of Liverpool and England's hopes for five years now. Has had his troubles with injury but always bounces back with more goals. His pace has terrified the best defenders in the world and there are no signs of him easing the flow of goals any time soon. Games per goal: 1.81.

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JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK (98 goals, 193 appearances) - Established himself as one of the most clinical strikers in England during his two years at Leeds, with a powerful and accurate shot his trademark. Following his spell at Atletico Madrid he returned to England with Chelsea and become top scorer in his first season. Prior to Roman Abramovich's takeover, Chelsea relied heavily on the Dutchman and even after the investment, he is still their top scorer. Games per goal: 1.96.

THIERRY HENRY (97 goals, 157 appearances) - A winger when he arrived at Arsenal for £10.5million, Henry adapted seamlessly to the striker's role. His goals have allowed Arsenal to keep pace with Manchester United over the last five years and he has bagged World Cup and European Championship winners medals for France to add to his 2002 Premiership and FA Cup Double. Along with Ruud van Nistelrooy he can claim to be the striker in England and among the absolute elite in the world. Games per goal: 1.61.

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