On February 1st in the 2-2 draw with QPR, Darren Bent scored his 100th goal and in doing so became the 21st player to join the prestigious group of players to have scored 100 goals or more.
Alan Shearer tops that list with an astounding 260 goals – he was also the first to reach that landmark – while Andy Cole comes second with 187 goals and third is Thierry Henry with 174.
Darren Bent scored his first Premier League goal just nearly 10 years ago in a 1–0 win over Middlesbrough on 24 April 2002 while playing for Ipswich Town. That this saw Ipswich Town get relegated and Bent didn’t play in the Premiership for a few years until he signed for Charlton Athletic. If he had moved to a Premiership club when Ipswich were relegated in 2002 he undoubtedly would have reached this landmark sooner than he has done.
During his time at Charlton he scored 31 goals in 68 games in the Premiership and when he was again faced relegation he knew he could not miss out on the Premiership again. Charlton accepted a bid from West Ham, but it seems that he wanted to move to a bigger club, in the end he signed for Tottenham. Charlton and Ipswich profited from the huge transfer, but that large figure put a lot of pressure on him, and although he still scored goals, he never got a regular start and was seen as a flop. His first season at Tottenham only saw him score 6 goals in 27 games but his second season was better with 12 goals in 33 games.
At Sunderland he became the focal point for their attack and that saw some real dividends. His first season saw Bent score 24 goals in 38 games. This was by far his best goal scoring season. The following season he scored 8 in 20 games before his transfer to Aston Villa where he finished with 9 goals in 16 games, finishing on 17 goals that season. This is the first full season at Villa Park and so far has scored 9 in 19 games, so you could say that with the remainder of the season he should reach 15 goals.
At 27, 28 on the 6th of February, it is fair to say that Bent has a good three seasons left in him. Didier Drogba is still going strong at 33, who is two away from joining Bent in the “100 club”, so there is no reason the Bent couldn’t be still scoring goals in the Premier League at 33. If that was the case, if you averaged out 13 goals a season, over the next 5 years that would rack up another 65 goals. That would him at 4th, 2 above Robbie Fowler’s 163, but Wayne Rooney could surpass that.
None-the-less Darren Bent could well end up being in the top five Premier League goal scorers of all time.
The 100 goal list: There is a surprise in there, can you find it!?1 Alan Shearer – 260 2 Andrew Cole – 187 3 Thierry Henry – 174 4 Robbie Fowler – 163 5 Les Ferdinand – 149 5 Michael Owen – 149 5 Frank Lampard – 149 8 Teddy Sheringham – 147 9 Wayne Rooney – 130 10 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 127 11 Robbie Keane – 125 12 Nicolas Anelka – 123 12 Dwight Yorke – 123 14 Ian Wright – 113 15 Dion Dublin – 111 15 Emile Heskey – 111 17 Jermain Defoe – 109 18 Ryan Giggs – 106 19 Paul Scholes – 103 20 Matthew Le Tissier – 102 21 Darren Bent – 100