Premier League’s top scoring defenders

John Terry
John Terry

After John Terry’s powerful header in Chelsea’s hard fought draw against Liverpool the ex-West Ham youth player became the highest scoring Premier League defender, passing former Everton defender David Unsworth.

John Terry’s leadership has inspired another championship and proves that he is still well able for the top flight.

The 34 year old centre half has scored 39 goals in 457 appearances for the Blues and is a dominant force in the area, showing on numerous occasions that he shouldn’t be left unmarked near the opposition’s penalty box.

David Unsworth was the joint holder of the top scoring defender accolade before Terry’s header on Sunday.

He was known for having a cannon of a left foot that often left keepers in disarray.

The former Everton player has 38 Premier League goals to his name, 22 of which came from the penalty spot.

He has a total of 364 appearances in the English top division.

Ian Harte has missed a chance to regain his place in the top flight after recently being released by Championship victors Bournemouth AFC.

Harte, much alike Unsworth, had a powerful left boot.

He could create a combination of curve and power that was undoubtingly a threat to any keeper.

The Irishman scored 28 goals in the Premier League, 10 of which being he slotted home from the spot.

Another left footer on the list is Leighton Baines.

The left back at Everton often makes his free kicks look simple and effortless.

Baines has a total of 26 goals in the League with 15 coming from the spot.

Penalties make up most of his tally but he has a great boot nonetheless.

William Gallas, although he has made many controversial decisions, he still was well known for his aerial ability.

He created space and therefore danger in the penalty box and contributed well to offensive and defensive back lines.

Gallas was a controversial figure in his time but has scored 25 goals for his teams none which came from the spot.

By Aidan Kelly