Ollie Watkins, a striker for Aston Villa who is currently in fantastic form with six goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, recently offered his list of the top five Premier League strikers in the history of the league.
Watkins, who has been called up to the England team on multiple occasions, spoke about the players who have been an inspiration to him during his career.
Watkins has established himself as a dangerous adversary in the English premier league thanks to his total of 11 goals scored throughout all competitions. In the course of his football career, he has played for Exeter City, Weston Super Mare, Brentford, and, ultimately, Aston Villa. He has also played in the non-league for Weston Super Mare.
In a recent interview with BT Sport, Watkins revealed his top five picks, beginning with Jermain Defoe, who formerly played forward for the Spurs. Watkins’s fifth pick is Defoe.
Before calling it quits last year, Defoe amassed a career total of 302 goals while playing for Tottenham, West Ham, and Sunderland, respectively.
Watkins later acknowledged that the talented Robin van Persie occupied the fourth best striker position in the Premier League.
The Dutchman, who had a legendary career at Arsenal before moving on to Manchester United, played a crucial role in the latter club’s 13th Premier League championship victory.
The former striker for Manchester United, Ruud van Nistelrooy, managed to sneak his way into third place in Watkins’ rankings, which came as a complete surprise.
Van Nistelrooy left an indelible impact on Old Trafford with his astounding 95 goals scored in the Premier League while appearing in 150 games for Manchester United.
Alan Shearer, who scored an incredible 260 goals during his stint in the Premier League, was honored in second place by Watkins. Shearer still retains the record for most goals scored in the Premier League.
Thierry Henry, a legend for Arsenal and a player that Watkins openly “idolizes,” is at the top of the list that Watkins compiled. Henry is still revered as a famous character in Arsenal’s history, as evidenced by the fact that the club has erected a bronze statue of him in front of the Emirates Stadium. Henry led Arsenal to two Premier League titles and scored 175 goals for the club.
The impact that some of the game’s most prolific goal scorers have had on the sport is reflected in Watkins’ enthusiasm for these strikers, who he looks up to as he continues to carve out a name for himself in the Premier League.