5 of the best Strikers Southampton has ever had
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Southampton has been established in 1885. Since then, several extraordinary football players have defended this club called The Saints. Five of them are attackers. Each of them has played a particular role and contributor in Southampton's history. Then, who are they?
Here are 5 of the best Strikers Southampton has ever had
1. Terry Paine
Terry Paine is the most featured player for Southampton with a total of 819 appearances over 18 years. The attacking player has recorded 187 goals, which is the fourth most in Southampton's history.
Paine was included in the 1966 England team that won the World Cup despite only playing once due to injury. Paine has an MBE title which is called a British honorary title because he played a big role for the England national team. He was inaugurated as Southampton's honorary president in 2013.
2. Mick Channon
Mick Channon is the most goalscorer in Southampton history with 227 goals in 602 games. He started his profession at Southampton in 1965.
In 1977, Channon had left Southampton, who at that time played in the second section of the Premier League. He moved to Manchester City who played in section one. However, due to a lack of playing opportunities, added to the promising Southampton, Paine returned to Southampton in 1979.
3. Ron Davies
Ron Davies played for Southampton in 1966–1973. The player from Wales was brought in to strengthen the Southampton team. Davies also successfully performed as expected.
Davies managed to record a total of 153 goals from 281 appearances for Southampton. After seven years at Southampton, he played for Portsmouth and English giants Manchester United for one year each.
4. Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert wore the Southampton shirt for five years (2009–2014). While at Southampton, he earned Southampton goalscoring calls for his stability and sharpness in scoring goals. The player who was born on February 16, 1982, has played 235 matches and recorded 117 goals for Southampton. Lambert has played for the England national team 11 times and recorded three goals.
5. James Beattie
James Beattie played for Southampton in 1998–2005. In the early 2000s, Beattie was Southampton's most prolific striker. The player who was born on February 27, 1978, helped Southampton reach the 2003 FA Cup Final.
During seven years at Southampton, Beattie scored 76 goals in 235 games before moving to Everton. After retiring on 1 July 2013, Beattie now serves as assistant manager for Wigan Athletic.
Of the names above, who has contributed the most to Southampton? Will there be any outstanding players Southampton is looking to bring in in the future? Can Southampton, who is now in tenth place in the Premier League, creep up?