After both scoring in Manchester City’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford at Vicarage Road, much has been said of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus’ potential as a historic strike partnership.
The pair have scored a combined nine goals in their first five league games and comparisons have been made with former deadly duos such as Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.
However, while the quality of the former Manchester United front two is undoubted, their record of 39 goals in a season features below a number of other names in the Premier League’s most prolific partnerships, with the top six shown below:
6. Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton (49 goals in 42 games)
Early exits in the League, FA and UEFA Cups proved to be a blessing in disguise for Kevin Dalglish’s Blackburn side who pipped Manchester United to the 1994-95 Premier League title by just one point.
The original ‘SAS’ scored 49 times, buoyed on by Shearer’s 34 goals which saw him win both the Golden Boot and PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Shearer and Sutton both won Player of the Month in November for scoring eight goals between them, the same amount Aguero and Jesus have scored between 21st August and 16th September.
5. Harry Kane and Dele Alli (47 goals in 38 games)
Spurs’ pairing up top of Harry Kane with Dele Alli floating behind saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side come the closest they have ever been to winning the Premier League title.
Son Heung-min chipped in with 14 league goals, but it was the performance of Harry Kane (29 in 30 apps) which not only solidified Spurs as a title-chasing side, but also gave hints that the England frontman may be able to challenge Shearer’s Premier League goal record if he stays injury-free.
Alli’s maturity was shown with his 18 goals despite being only 21 years old and the former MK Dons trainee has shown every sign that he is a Premier League legend in the making.
4. Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand (49 goals in 38 games)
When a player scores 260 Premier League goals during his career, it should come as no surprise that he features in a handful of lethal strike partnerships.
Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand starred in a Newcastle team known for their faced-paced attacking football and it was their goals which saw the Magpies finish second in the league on goal difference after Arsenal and Liverpool also finished on 68 points.
That was not to last, as Shearer suffered an ankle injury in pre-season and Ferdinand was sold to Spurs.
3. Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley (55 goals in 42 games)
During Newcastle’s first Premier League season the prolific English pairing of Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley lifted their side up from 18th at the start of the season to finish third and earn the nickname of ‘The Entertainers’ from the English media.
Andy Cole provided 34 of the strikes which would prove to be his most prolific season ever and a 7-1 win over Swindon Town matched Blackburn’s then record for the highest Premier League victory.
Beardsley would go on to finish a St James’ Park legend with 276 league appearances in front of the Toon Army.
2. Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (51 goals in 38 games)
Although Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba were not a forward partnership so to speak, Lampard’s role as a box-to-box midfielder saw him link up with the Ivory Coast forward on numerous occasions and the pair hit 51 goals between them as Carlo Anchelotti’s side scored their way to the title.
Drogba frequently benefitted from Lampard’s assists, as did the Englishman from the former Marseille man’s knock downs, and went on to score 29 times from just 32 appearances.
Lampard’s 22 goals from midfield was a feat of its own and the club set a record for their 103 goals scored across the season.
1. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge (52 goals in 38 games)
The modern ‘SAS’ were a force to be reckoned with and were part of arguably one of the greatest sides not to win the Premier League.
Luis Suarez scored 31 times, despite missing six games due to suspension, to add to Daniel Sturridge’s 21 strikes, but an astonishing 32 goals conceded away from home by the Reds saw them miss out on the Premier League title by two points.
Liverpool are yet to have a forward partnership like SAS and, given the state of their defending, will probably never win the Premier League title until they find another prolific duo.