97 appearances, 70 goals
“Technically, surely the greatest number nine of all time” – Joe Mercer
A teen sensation, Tommy would be even higher up this list if the war hadn’t halted his career and deprived him of six seasons of football. Underneath the centre parting and lashings of Brylcreem, lay an instinctive goalscorer. So prolific was Lawton that it seemed as if he had dipped his feet in gunpowder; including war fixtures, Lawton scored a ridiculous 222 goals in 209 first team games. Tommy refused to be bowed by the pressure of filling Dixie’s boots, and is only bettered by Dean as Everton’s greatest striker.
Premier: Sun 17 Sept (16:00); Manchester United at Old Trafford
Carabao Cup: Weds 20 Sept (19:45); Sunderland at Goodison