Youngest players to score 50 Premier League goals
If there’s one thing a football fan loves, it’s getting excited about a young player.
There is a long list of footballers who made their Premier League debut as a fresh-faced teenager, with fans labeling them as the future of their football club, before they fell into obscurity.
However, some are living up to the hype and pressure and are hitting the ground at the high end. Here are the ten youngest players to score 50 Premier League goals.
Chris Sutton started his Premier League career with Norwich in 1991, scoring his first 30 top-level goals with the Canaries.
In 1994 he became the most expensive player in the history of English football, with Blackburn paying £ 5million to get him away from Carrow Road.
Sutton scored 15 goals en route to Blackburn, winning the Premier League title in his first season with the club, and notched his 50th top goal against Southampton in November 1996.
Andy Cole’s Premier League career began at Newcastle, scoring 43 goals in just a season and a half as part of the Kevin Keegan revolution in the North East.
However, in January 1995, the Magpies surprised the footballing world by selling Cole to Manchester United for a record British £ 7million.
It was at United that the forward would complete his 50th Premier League goal – scoring his fifth in the Red Devils’ record 9-0 victory over Ipswich in February 1995 to complete his top half-century.
Emile Heskey would score more Premier League goals in his first seven full seasons as a professional footballer (59) than in his last 13 (51).
The forward started his top-flight career with Leicester, making his debut at 17 and scoring 33 Premier League goals for the Foxes.
Heskey moved to Liverpool in a record £ 11million transfer in 2000 and scored his 50th top-flight goal against Tottenham in April 2001.
Marcus Rashford lived quite the 2020; his campaign resulted in two government u-turns on free school meals, he received an MBE and he scored his 50th Premier League goal.
The United striker burst onto the scene in 2016 and became the club’s third youngest goalscorer in the Premier League as he hit a brace on his top-flight debut against Arsenal.
Rashford’s 50th goal came against Leicester on Boxing Day 2020, making him the third youngest United player to strike half a century in the Premier League.
Harry Kane has already been on loan four times and was three months away from his 21st birthday when he scored his first Premier League goal against Sunderland in April 2014.
He scored his 50th just over two years later, winning Spurs’ fourth in a 4-0 win over Stoke in September 2016.
Kane went on to score more than 150 top-level goals for the North London side as he eyed Alan Shearer’s Premier League scoring record. Not bad for a one-season wonder.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a skinny little teenage winger who loved to take a step when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2003.
He would leave the most expensive player on the planet for six years, after scoring 84 Premier League goals.
Ronaldo first came against Portsmouth in November 2003 – at the age of 18 – and he scored two goals within two minutes against Blackburn in November 2007 to complete his half-century in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku started his Premier League career at Chelsea, but he never scored a Premier League goal for the Blues.
The forward opened his high-flying account during his loan spell at West Brom, and he went on to score 17 goals for the Baggies during the 2012/13 season.
Lukaku scored his 50th Premier League goal in his third season at Everton, scoring in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in November 2015.
Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene at the age of 16 when he scored his first Premier League goal – an incredible solo effort for Everton against Arsenal – in October 2002.
Rooney scored 15 top-level goals for his childhood club, before winning £ 25million at Manchester United in 2004.
The forward completed his top half-century with the Red Devils, opening the scoring in a 3-1 win in the Manchester derby in December 2006.
Michael Owen scored on his Premier League debut for Liverpool at 17 against Wimbledon in May 1997.
He scored his 50th top-flight goal just over three years later, the England striker netting a brace against Southampton in August 2000 – a game in which Liverpool had led 3-0 in the final 20 minutes but would end by drawing 3- 3.
Owen missed out on being the youngest player to 50 goals in just three days – but made up for that by becoming the Premier League’s youngest player in a century aged 23, four months and 12 days.
It is a pair of Liverpool academy products that dominate the young Premier League rankings, with Robbie Fowler and Owen the only two to have reached half a century when they were still just 20 years old.
Fowler opened his top-flight account against Oldham in October 1993, at the age of 18.
The striker hit his 50th top-flight goal against Manchester United in December 1996, scoring a brace in a 2-0 victory. He is also the second youngest player in Premier League history to reach 100 goals.