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Premier League icons: Chris Sutton

28 May 2021

In this feature we are counting down Norwich City's top 15 Premier League appearance makers, starting with a player who scored 25 goals for the Canaries in the 1993-94 campaign before going on to lift the title with Blackburn Rovers a year later.

Chris Sutton

Premier League stats

Norwich
Games: 79
Goals: 33

Overall
Games: 255
Goals: 83
Assists: 41

Bio: Having initially started life out as a central defender for Norwich, making his debut in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the First Division on May 4, 1991, Chris Sutton was converted to a striker by Mike Walker for the opening FA Premier League season.

His Premier League debut didn't go to plan for him personally as Norwich were trailing to Arsenal when he was subtituted and replaced by Mark Robins at Highbury, but the Canaries rallied back from two goals down to win that match 4-2. That spurred Norwich onto a superb campaign where the club battled for the championship title before eventually finishing third. In that season, in which Chris also played a number of games in defence, he scored eight goals in 38 Premier League matches, making him the club’s second highest scorer behind Robins.

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However, it was the following season when Chris, whose father Michael also played for Norwich, took centre stage. He scored 25 goals in 41 Premier League appearance and 28 in all competitions. That started to attract the attentions of clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United and Arsenal and that summer Rovers broke the transfer record to sign Sutton from Norwich.

It proved to be money well spent as Chris formed a formidable partnership up front with Alan Shearer and netted 15 goals in 40 matches as Blackburn won the Premier League and their first topflight league title since 1914. 

Chris spent four more seasons at Ewood Park, winning the Premier League's golden boot in 1997-98, but following the club’s relegation from the Premier League in 1999, he made a £10m switch to Chelsea. That move didn’t pay off, with him netting just one goal in 28 games for the Blues. However, a switch north of the border to Celtic saw him back on form as he picked up four Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup and a UEFA Cup runners up medal before ending his career with brief spells at Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Memorable moment

Chris Sutton’s most memorable moments in a Norwich City shirt came in the 1993-94 season when he netted 25 goals in 41 Premier League games for the club. Unfortunately, the Canaries' season tailed off towards the end of the campaign, following Mike Walker’s departure to Everton midway through the season. However, he hit a double against Blackburn, in a 3-2 victory, at the start of the 1993/94 season and then another two goals in the return fixture at Carrow Road later on that season. Undoubtedly, that helped convince Kenny Dalglish to break the British record transfer fee to bring Sutton to Ewood Park the following summer.  

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Where is he now?

Chris Sutton now works as a pundit and commentator for BT Sport, regularly working on their coverage of Scottish football but also on their Premier League games. He is also a pundit and occasional match co-commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live.


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