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If there’s one thing a soccer fan loves, it’s getting too excited about a young player.
There’s a long list of footballers who have made their Premier League debut as teens with a fresh face, and fans label them the future of their soccer club, before they fade into obscurity.
However, some rise to the hype and pressure and start racing at the top flight. Here are the ten youngest players to have scored 50 goals in the Premier League.
Chris Sutton began his Premier League career with Norwich in 1991, scoring his first 30 top flight goals for the Canaries.
In 1994, he became the most expensive player in the history of English football, as Blackburn paid £ 5 million to take him off Carrow Road.
Sutton scored 15 goals en route to Blackburn to claim the Premier League title during his debut season with the club, and scored his 50th goal in the top flight against Southampton in November 1996.
Andy Cole’s Premier League career began in Newcastle, scoring 43 top flight goals in just one and a half seasons as part of Kevin Keegan’s revolution in the Northeast.
However, in January 1995, the Magpies stunned the football world by selling Cole to Manchester United for a record British fee of £ 7 million.
It was at United that the forward completed his 50th Premier League goal, scoring his fifth goal in the Red Devils’ 9-0 win over Ipswich in February 1995 to complete his top-flight half-century.
Emile Heskey would score more Premier League goals during his first seven full seasons as a professional footballer (59) than in his last 13 (51).
The forward began his career in the top flight with Leicester, debuted at age 17 and later scored 33 Premier League goals for the Foxes.
Heskey moved to Liverpool in a record £ 11 million move in 2000, failing to score his 50th goal in the top flight against Tottenham in April 2001.
Marcus Rashford lived long in 2020; his campaign resulted in two government U-turns on free school meals, he was awarded an MBE and scored his 50th goal in the Premier League.
The United striker burst onto the scene in 2016 and became the club’s third-youngest Premier League scorer when he hit a double in his top flight against Arsenal.
Rashford’s 50th goal came against Leicester on Boxing Day 2020, making him the third-youngest United player to reach the Premier League in half a century.
Harry Kane has already been loaned out 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, clinching the Spurs fourth in a 4-0 win over Stoke in September 2016.
Kane has scored more than 150 top flight goals for the North London team as he contemplates Alan Shearer’s all-time goal record in the Premier League. Not bad for a one-season wonder.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a scrawny little teenage winger who loved a step above when he arrived at Old Trafford in 2003.
He would leave six years as the most expensive player on the planet, having scored 84 goals in the Premier League.
Ronaldo’s first came against Portsmouth in November 2003, at age 18, and he scored two goals in the space of two minutes against Blackburn in November 2007 to complete his half-century of the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku started his Premier League career at Chelsea, but never scored a Premier League goal for the Blues.
The forward opened his main account during his loan stint at West Brom, and would later score 17 goals for the Baggies during the 2012/13 season.
Lukaku scored his 50th goal in the Premier League during his third season at Everton, scoring during a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in November 2015.
Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene when he was 16 when he scored his first Premier League goal, an impressive solo effort by Everton against Arsenal, in October 2002.
Rooney would score 15 goals in the top flight for his childhood club, before winning a £ 25 million move to Manchester United in 2004.
The forward completed his top-flight half-century with the Red Devils, opening the scoring in a 3-1 victory in the Manchester derby in December 2006.
Michael Owen scored on his Premier League debut for Liverpool as a 17-year-old against Wimbledon in May 1997.
He scored his 50th goal in the top flight just over three years later, when the England forward scored a double against Southampton in August 2000, a game in which Liverpool had led 3-0 in the final 20 minutes. , but finally tied 3-3.
Owen missed out from being the youngest player to 50 goals by just three days, but made up for it by becoming the youngest player in a Premier League century at 23 years, four months and 12 days.
It’s a pair of products from Liverpool’s academy topping the Premier League’s young goalscorer charts, with Robbie Fowler and Owen the only two to reach half a century when they are still 20 years old.
Fowler opened his senior account against Oldham in October 1993, at the age of 18.
The forward scored his 50th goal in the top flight against Manchester United in December 1996, scoring a double in a 2-0 victory. He is also the second youngest player in Premier League history to reach 100 goals.