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Top scorers in the Premier League 2012-13

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Analysis of the Premier League's top scorers showing how they finished the last season, 2012-13.

Van Persie started his United account in his 2nd Premier League game for the club, scoring in a 3-2 score against Fulham.

The Netherlands international, 30, finished an eight-year stay at Arsenal last August to transfer north to Manchester United in a £24m contract.

An extra 25 goals followed - such as hat-tricks against Southampton and Aston Villa - to encourage United to a 20th top-flight title.

Shearer's conclusion: "Robin van Persie is a very productive player. Notice there are a few shots from outside the area. But inside he's got the lot: he's skilful, he's pacy, he'll run in behind, he'll score spectacular goals, he'll score tap-ins, he'll score headers, he'll score all sorts of goals. It helps that he plays in a team that creates chances for him week in, week out. But he's rewarded them by putting the vast majority away. His volleyed goal against Aston Villa was my goal of the season ."

Van Persie decided to use shirt number 20 at United last season because he wanted to help them win a 20th league title .

Suarez was in blistering form from the beginning, scoring 10 goals in Liverpool's first 12 league games, however although he might perform no wrong in front of goal, his season was not without disagreement.

The 26-year-old Uruguay international striker's 3rd season at Liverpool was proficiently his most useful as he completed the mission with 30 goals in all competitions .
On 6 January , he controlled the ball before scoring as Liverpool beat Mansfield 2-1 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup , before he received a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a 2-2 get at Anfield on 21 April .

In spite of his misdemeanours , Suarez's undoubted ability in front of goal indicates he is actually a striker desired this summer , with Arsenal seemingly the highest trying to sign him .

Shearer's outcome: "He's a very different player to Van Persie. With Luis, you'll see him try a lot more dribbles, both inside the area and outside. Technically speaking a lot of people think that when he does these little dribbles that the ball ricochets to him and he's a little bit fortunate. But it's not luck, it's because he's so clever and so good at dribbling with the ball close to his feet ."

Whenever Suarez accrued a hat-trick in a 4-0 gain against Wigan on 2 March , he started to be just the 3rd Liverpool player - after Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres - to record 20 Premier League goals in a season.

Christian Benteke's form was among the very few brilliant spots in an otherwise forgettable season for Aston Villa. Benteke signed up from Genk in arrangement supposedly worth £7m on transfer deadline day in August a year ago and, after scoring on his introduction - a 2-0 home win over Swansea, he found goals difficult to get, scoring just 4 extra in the league before the finish of the year .

Nevertheless, his form in the 2nd half of the season acquired significantly as he scored 14 goals in 17 games to encourage Villa keep their Premier League level.

Shearer's conclusion : "He's a bully and I really enjoyed watching him progress last season . In one or two of the early games you could see he was new to the Premier League , but by the end of the season he was knocking defenders off the ball to score all types of goals . His graph shows he had the fewest number of shots but he still scored 19 goals, which indicates great efficiency. And not bad considering he was playing in a struggling side ."

The striker fell just one short of equalling Peter Withe's record of 20 goals in the top flight for Villa, set in the 1980-81 season.

Michu was Shearer's deal buy of last season after a greatly amazing initial year in English soccer .

Owning wasted most of his career in the Spanish lower leagues, he trapped Swansea's eye by scoring 15 goals in 37 games for Rayo Vallecano in his first La Liga season, and was agreed upon for only £2.2m.

Utilised as a ahead instead of an attacking midfielder, declared his Premier League appearance with a brace on his debut - a 5-0 win against Queens Park Rangers.
Michu scored in the club's next two games and continued to discover the back of the net on a consistent schedule, completing the season with 18 league goals.

Shearer's verdict: "This graph emphasises how different these players are. It's clearly not Michu's forte to shoot from outside the box. His strength is in and around the area , drifting away from players , being in the right space at the right time . But once you're in that place you've got to finish off, and there's a million guys that can be in the right place at the right time but not all of them can put it away. This guy can, which is why he was the bargain of the season ."

All but one of Michu's 18 league goals were scored from inside the box.

Gareth Bale, the Wales international enjoyed a different great campaign for Tottenham improving his popularity as one of the best footballers in the world.

Approved the independence of the pitch by manager Andre Villas-Boas , the 24-year-old reached 21 goals in 34 Premier League games on his way to claiming a clean sweep of the end-of-season rewards.

Bale frequently shown up to single-handedly pull his crew to victory, with highlights |like an unstoppable burst by the Manchester United defence in a gripping 3-2 victory at Old Trafford and his stunning permanent injury-time champion at West Ham.

Regardless of his initiatives, Spurs were narrowly defeated to Champions League qualification by north London rivals Arsenal . Without the allure of Europe's premier club competition, supposition has grown that he could make a record-breaking summer transfer to Real Madrid .

Shearer's verdict : "It seemed that every week working on Match of the Day we'd be talking about a Bale wonder goal . But he's different from the others, inasmuch as he's more keen on taking pot shots . Everyone knows how strong his left-foot shot is, but it's one thing knowing about it and it's another thing stopping it. Some coaches think you should try to stop him from cutting inside from that right side on to his left foot, but I think that's virtually impossible. When he's running at that pace, you can't stop him ."

Bale scored 9 winning goals in the Premier League season 2012-13, better than any other player.

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