It's been a while since an Englishman has led the English Premier League in scoring, going way back to 99/00 when Sunderland's Kevin Phillips led the league with 30 goals. That total was also good for a European Golden Boot award with Phillips being the only Englishmen to achieve that accomplishment to date. Phillips total is also the last time a player from outside of the Big Four clubs led the league in scoring.
In recent seasons, Englishmen have been off the goal scoring pace by quite a wide margin. Will any English player be able to turn that around this season? Bent? Agbonlahor? Ashton? Defoe? Lescott :)? etc..?
The numbers list the top scorer followed by the top English scorer for each season.
31 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
12 - Jermain Defoe (T-11th; Tottenham/Portsmouth)
12 - Wayne Rooney (T-11th; Manchester United)
20 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
14 - Wayne Rooney (4th; Manchester United)
27 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
18 - Darren Bent (3rd; Charlton)
25 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
21 - Andrew Johnson (2nd; Crystal Palace)
30 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
22 - Alan Shearer (2nd; Newcastle United)
25 - Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
23 - James Beattie (3rd; Southampton)
24 - Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
23 - Alan Shearer (T-2nd; Newcastle)
23 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea)
19 - Marcus Stewart (2nd; Ipswich Town)
30 - Kevin Phillips (1st; Sunderland)
18 - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United)
18 - Michael Owen (T-1st; Liverpool)