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Top 10 Premier League strikers of all time - #9

Sports Mole's countdown of the top 10 Premier League strikers of all time continues with number nine - Didier Drogba.

Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

Didier Drogba celebrates after winning the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014-15© Reuters

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Chelsea spent £24m on a player with less than three years of top-flight experience in France back in 2004, but now Didier Drogba's name is mentioned in the argument of the club's greatest ever players.

The Ivorian's debut season saw Chelsea end a 50-year wait for the English title, and he won a second Premier League crown one year later.

Both campaigns saw fairly modest goal returns for the striker, though, and it was not until 2006-07 that Drogba really began to establish himself as one of the league's best frontmen, scoring 33 times across all competitions including 20 in the Premier League.

Drogba's best season came in 2009-10 when he plundered 37 goals in 44 games - including 29 in just 32 league outings - to help Chelsea to another Premier League title.

The ultimate big-game player, scoring nine goals in as many finals for the club, Drogba forever sealed his place in Chelsea history with the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League showpiece - having equalised in normal time too.

A brief return to Chelsea in 2014-15 saw him add a fourth Premier League title to his honours list and take his final tally up to 104 Premier League goals.

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Didier Drogba celebrates after winning the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014-15
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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