Our Guide to The Top Goal Scoring Midfielders
The Premier League has never been in short supply of goal scoring midfielders. Most strikers hang up their boots without reaching 100 goals in the Premier League, so you know you have a special player in your midst when a midfielder approaches or even exceeds that milestone.
The midfield position features a variety of different roles that can spark endless debate about what makes a perfect player. But whether they’re an attacking central player, a midfield maestro or a deadly winger, the goal scoring midfielder is always a favourite with fans, managers and teammates alike.
What Makes a Goal Scoring Midfielder?
The short answer is not surprisingly: goals.
That’s the price of entry to this sought-after club, but the top goal scoring midfielders do come in a few different forms. Super Frank Lampard is probably the first man that springs to mind. The Chelsea legend is the Premier League’s 4th highest goal scorer of all time, with an astounding 177 goals. That’s more than the likes of Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler, Teddy Sheringham and Man City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero.
Lampard could turn a ball into a goal-seeking missile from range, and his ability to read the game and make clever runs into the area were key to his prolific success. His arch-rival Steven Gerrard also broke the 100 goal mark in the Premier League, with long-range net-busters. These two were box-to-box midfielders, heralded by many as the greatest two English midfielders of their generation.
Manchester duo Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs managed 109 and 107 in the Premier League, respectively. Scholes could hit a tree from 250 yards away and his ability to spread the play became a fundamental aspect of United's style of play. His genius was admired by some of football’s modern greats and it was his ability to score from 30-yards, seemingly whenever he felt like it, that made him one of the best goalscoring midfielders of his era. Giggs’ mazy runs and lightning-quick pace was key to his goal scoring success - beating defenders and cutting in from the wing to strike the ball home.
Who’s the Current Top Scoring Midfielder?
The Premier League’s top scoring midfielder in 2017/18 is Raheem Sterling. Man City have been formidable in front of goal and look set to break all sorts of goal scoring records this season. Teammates Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have scored nine and eight goals respectively from up top, while Sterling also has nine from midfield. Not far behind him is Leroy Sané on six.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré follows on five with Kevin De Bruyne just behind on four. The chasing pack, all on three, includes Dele Alli, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba.
Which Midfielder Scored the Most Goals Last Season?
The top goal scoring midfielder in 2016/17 was Dele Alli with a very impressive 18. His Spurs’ teammate Son Heung-Min was just behind on 14, while Eden Hazard separated the two with 16 goals to his name. Liverpool's Brazilian magician Philippe Coutinho bagged 13.
Which Midfielder has Scored the Most Goals in Premier League Football?
Frank Lampard’s record of 177 Premier League goals is unlikely to be beaten any time soon.
Steven Gerrard is the man with the second highest goals from midfield. Liverpool’s star man over a 17 year career bagged 120 goals in 504 appearances.
Ryan Giggs was still playing at the top level at 40 years old, and the Welshman won 13 Premier League titles over the course of 20 seasons, scoring 109 goals in the process.
Paul Scholes is quite possibly your favourite player’s favourite player, and it’s clear to see why as the ginger ninja hit the back of the net 109 times in the Premier League.
Matt Le Tissier completes the exclusive club of midfielders who reached 100 goals in the PL. The Southampton star had a serious lack of pace or stamina, but more than made up for it with his technique, intelligence and goal scoring ability. He scored 100 exactly.
Our Best Midfielder Goals
David Beckham was the undisputed king of free kicks at Manchester United, but his successor in the number 7 shirt scored a goal that changed the way we would view free-kicks forever. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the original ‘knuckleball’ against Portsmouth in 2008, smashing the ball with ferocious pace, but with topspin so that it quickly dipped and flew past a helpless goalkeeper into the top corner.
Four touches of pure football genius against Newcastle in October 1993. A backheeled volley to flick the ball over his own head, a couple of perfectly timed lobs to beat two defenders, and an inch-perfect side-foot into the bottom right-hand corner. Matt Le Tissier’s greatest ever football creation? We think so.
By no means was this Frank Lampard’s most important goal, but it surely is one of the finest examples of the nonchalant way he used to ripple the back of the net from 30 yards. Take a bow Frank.
Our midfielder goal scoring predictions.
This season we expect the Man City duo of Sané and Sterling to run away with the top two spots as Pep’s side continue to thrive in front of goal. They have the best supply of any other midfielders in the league and the early signs suggest they will be in rampant form all season, providing they can avoid injury.
If Dele Alli can find that magic touch we saw on so many occasions last season he’s likely to make his way well into double figures, while Hazard and De Bruyne are also expected to reach the 10-goal mark. Watford’s Doucouré is the surprise package this season, but don’t count him out of keeping pace with the usual suspects.