The worst thing about modern football isn't prices, oligarchs and seated stadia, it's the demise of the big man little man combo...

Words By Jeorge Bird

Juventus have ended up with Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez as their strike partnership for next season, which has got us misty-eyed for classic big-man, little-man strike partnerships. Here are some of our favourites.

8) Tore Andre Flo and Gianfranco Zola

The Norwegian and Italian forwards struck up an instant understanding following Flo's move to Stamford Bridge at the start of 1997/98, with the pair scoring a combined 27 goals during that campaign. The partnership didn't last long, however, with Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink replacing Flo in 2000.

7) Dalian Atkinson and Dean Saunders

Much of the pair's time at Aston Villa overlapped, and, for several years, Atkinson and Saunders were referred to as "the Deadly Duo". Atkinson's spell at Villa was the most prolific of his entire career, but his partnership with Saunders was broken when the latter suffered an injury during the 1992/93 season.

6) Emile Heskey and Michael Owen

The two England strikers linked up effortlessly for Liverpool during their trophy-laden 2000/01 season, with the duo scoring a commendable 47 goals between them. They also took their partnership onto the international stage before they both left Anfield in 2004.

5) John Hartson and Paul Kitson

One of West Ham's all-time legendary strike partnerships, the arrival of the pair at Upton Park in the late 1990's saved the club from relegation. Hartson only spent two years at West Ham, but scored 24 league goals in that time, with many of them being created by Kitson.

4) Ian Wright and Alan Smith

Both prolific goalscorers, the pair helped to inspire Arsenal to several cup successes in the early 1990's, despite their considerable difference in height. Smith retired in 1995, but Wright went on to break Arsenal's goalscoring record two years later.

3) John Toshack and Kevin Keegan

Toshack and Keegan were a key part of the Liverpool side from 1971-77, helping the side to several trophies in the process. Keegan said of Toshack: "His aerial ability was fantastic and I always knew that he was going to win the high balls."

2) Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe

The most renowned modern-day incarnation of the little and large partnership, Crouch and Defoe have such a telepathic understanding that they have linked up for Tottenham, Portsmouth and England over the years. During the 2008/09 season at Portsmouth they scored 25 league goals between them.

1) Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips

The partnership between Quinn and Phillips helped fire Sunderland to promotion to the Premiership and the pair went on to shine for several seasons in the top flight. The duo scored a combined 46 goals in one campaign, with Phillips winning the European Golden Boot.