The year 2012 was one that many football fans will remember for a lifetime, and others would sooner forget. The level of strikers in the Premiership has been, as usual, of a very high calibre with some great goals, assists and all-around play on display throughout the year.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
Robin van Persie was made club captain for his former team Arsenal in the 2011-12 season and managed to score his 122nd goal for the club, making him the 8th highest scorer in their history. Van Persie was the top scorer in his final season with Arsenal with 30 goals and continued his fine form in the first half of the 2012-13 season with his new club Manchester United. He scored many important goals since his move, including his 100th Premiership goal in September when the inform striker netted a hat-trick against Southampton.
Luis Suárez (Liverpool)
The controversial Liverpool Uruguayan international Luis Suárez is loved by some, hated by many but is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of 2012. His goals for his club in the first half of the 2012-13 season have been of the utmost importance, as there is a shortage of others that are doing the same. The former Ajax man once stated that legends such as Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank de Boer and Henk ten Cate taught him and helped him become the player he is; in particular he noted that his excellent movement and technique was handed down to him by Van Basten.
Miguel Pérez Cuesta, otherwise known as Michu, has been a sensation for Swansea since his arrival in July 2012. The Spaniard played midfield for his former club Rayo, but was tried up front and hasn’t looked back since. Riding high on the top scorers list at the end of 2012, Michu’s contribution has been instrumental in seeing his team to a safe mid-table spot even though at the start of the season they were many people’s favourites to go down.
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe scored 17 goals in total in the 2011-12 season, 11 of them were league goals out of 25 appearances for his club, 11 of which he started on the bench. In the 2012-13 season, Defoe has continued his good form, scoring his 200th club goal of his career in October. Soon after, his hat-trick against NK Maribor in the UEFA Europa League made him the club’s all-time top scorer, knocking Teddy Sheringham off the top of the list.
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Rickie Lambert of Southampton has been consistent all year and helped his club to a second consecutive promotion after the 2011-12 season, when he finished top scorer in the Championship. The tall striker from Liverpool has since made the step up to the Premiership and has shown he can mix it with the best of them.
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