This season Premier League strikers have generally been purring. Luis Suarez served a five game ban yet has been in unbelievable form since his return. His colleague Daniel Sturridge is topping the goal scoring charts, whilst Sergio Aguero is consistently delivering at Manchester City, so who has been the league’s top striker so far this season?
|Goals||Chance conversion||Shot accuracy||Chances created per game||Dribbles per game|
Above I compared those strikers who have scored five or more goals that could genuinely be in the race for the Golden Boot come May. The front three are probably the three main contenders so far. Astonishingly Luis Saurez has played just four games but still managed to fire home six goals for Liverpool, including a very good hat-trick at the weekend versus West Brom. Suarez is also a huge menace more generally, with 2.3 chances created per game and 3.3 dribbles per game, in both respects more than any other player listed here. He and top scorer Daniel Sturridge are a consistent goal threat, although one would expect Suarez to over take Sturridge in the goal scoring stakes as the season continues and he gets more playing time.
Sergio Aguero is the most ‘clinical’ of these three, given that he has the highest shot accuracy (by some way compared to his Liverpool rivals) as well as having the best chance conversion of those compared here, barring Romelu Lukaku. Aguero has become the focal point of Manchester City attacks this season and is thriving from being the main forward player in their 4-2-2-2 formation, with Alvaro Negredo playing off of him. These three players (Aguero, Suarez and Sturridge) are probably the three best forwards in the league.
If we assess the rest there are clear flaws in their games. Romelu Lukaku is the most ‘clinical’ with his high chance conversion and second top shot accuracy. At Everton he is the focal point of the attack so could build on the 17 league goals he scored last season. His two dribbles per game also show that he is a handful more generally, but is not creating a huge deal of chances for team-mates.
Robin van Persie was last season’s top scorer but he’s not been that clinical compared to his rivals this season. He has also only created two chances for his team-mates this term, a low number for such a creative player. In fact RVP’s chance conversion is the second lowest of those listed here.
The lowest chance conversion is Olivier Giroud, who earlier this season claimed he could finish as the Premier League’s top scorer. His five goals in nine games is good but not likely to get him to the Golden Boot, nor is his poor conversion rate of just 18.2%. One thing he’s been excellent at though is bringing team-mates, such as Aaron Ramsey, into play, with 1.7 chances created per game.
All of these strikers could well score 20+ Premier League goals this season. Lukaku is someone to watch given that he has scored five in just four starts. That being said, the top three goal scorers will be the ones to watch. In his current form though it looks like Luis Suarez could win the golden boot, having already scored six times in just four appearances, a ridiculous return for any player. Sergio Aguero is another player to watch closely after a prolific start to the season, as is Danny Sturridge, Suarez’s team-mate. These three though, are probably the most in form forwards in the Premier League, with any one of them making a more than worthy Premier League top scorer.