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Lee Bowyer, 57 goals

Despite a troublesome start to his career, Bowyer got over his early woes which included a ban for cannabis use, to star for Charlton before earning a £2.8 million move to Leeds which was a record for a British teenager at the time.

Bowyer helped Leeds qualify for the Champions League and reach the semi-finals but trouble was never far away. An incident in a nightclub in January 2000 saw Bowyer charged with affray. Leeds hit him with a big fine which Bowyer took exception to, a £9 million move to Liverpool was arranged but Gerard Houllier pulled the plug, stating that Bowyer didn’t demonstrate the required desire to play for the club.

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Eventually, Bowyer signed for West Ham United but his best days were behind him.

Newcastle United took a chance on Bowyer but his time at Newcastle is best known for his on-field brawl with Kieran Dyer. Close to 500 career games mostly in the top flight isn’t bad for a player with a questionable temperament. Lee ended his career with 57 Premier League goals, not bad at all.