There the prize asset in every team, the fans favourites and the headline makers. Premier League strikers can make or break a teams season and can be the difference between staying up or going down.
Goals are the main currency in football and these are 10 strikers who look set to be goal-rich by the end of the season.
- Lukas Podolski – Arsenal
The German has made a fine start to his gunners career and might just go some way to replacing the goals that Robin Van Persie has took with him to Manchester United. Podolski already has a couple of Arsenal goals and with his superb technique and powerful left foot he looks set to get quite a few this season. His goalscoring record for Germany speaks for itself with 44 goals in 103 caps and playing in either the central striking position or out on the left means Podolski will always be a threat for Arsenal.
- Fernando Torres – Chelsea
It’s been a rocky ride for Fernando Torres in his Chelsea career but this season could signal the return of the irrepressible striker that was prolific at Liverpool. He’s got great speed, awareness and a great eye for goal, in striking terms he’s got everything but in the last few seasons he seems to be lacking that key ingredient of confidence.
Lying in the shadows of Didier Drogba certainly didn’t help Torres over the last few seasons but now with the Ivorian plying his trade in China, the Spaniard has been taking centre stage and is starting to score goals again. We haven’t seen the complete return of Torres yet but if he keeps his place in the team he is bound to score goals in this new look attacking minded Chelsea side.
- Dimitar Berbatov – Fulham
Probably the bargain of the transfer window, Dimitar Berbatov is real quality and it already looks like a match made in heaven at Fulham.
For just £4million the cottagers have themselves a top quality striker that certainly knows how to find the back of the net as he showed in 2010/11 season, scoring 20 Premier League goals. He’s got great close control, awareness and a brilliant finish, although he might not get as many chances as in his United days but he is the main man again at Fulham and that suits the Bulgarian perfectly.
- Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
The final kick of Manchester City’s season showed Aguero’s qualities in front of goal as he snatched the title back for Manchester City with a brilliant solo strike. He’s a nuisance for defenders with unrelenting pace and trickery and he managed a great total last season in only his first year in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals in the process.
With injury plaguing the early part of his season it’s only a matter of time before Aguero starts hitting the net again especially with the last years experience backing him up this time around. In a free scoring City side he is bound to get his fair share of goals again and will no doubt be challenging for the golden boot and the title again.
- Robin Van Persie – Manchester United
He’s probably the hottest striker in the world right now and he has started the season like a train. A hat-trick against Southampton and now scoring regularly shows that Van Persie is carrying on his fantastic form from last season when he finished top of the scoring charts with 30 league goals. He scores wonder goals, tap ins and penalties coupled with his fantastic technique and when he starts with Wayne Rooney up front the goals could flow even more than usual.
- Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
Has had a rocky start with injury but you just know Rooney will come good in the end. He has a fantastic goal scoring record for Manchester United and in recent seasons has been showing himself as a fantastic goal scorer as well as a top class all round footballer.
His ability to find space and terrific technique make Rooney a threat to any defence, not to mention his outstanding work rate and tenacity. Any side with Rooney on the team sheet has goals in it as he sets up a fair few goals aswell and with Van Persie alongside him it could be a very prolific season for Wayne Rooney.
- Demba Ba – Newcastle United
After a prolific start to last season it looked like Demba Ba could have finished top of the scoring charts but with the arrival Papiss Cisse, Ba’s form dropped and the goals dried up.
However Ba has started brilliantly again this season and has put himself ahead of his strike partner in the pecking order. With four goals already he has started this season in the same vain as the last and this is all under a cloud of controversy surrounding Ba’s contract issues. If Ba’s future is settled anytime soon his form could get even better and see him riding high in the goal scoring charts at the end of the season.
- Rickie Lambert – Southampton
After plying his trade in the lower leagues for most of his career, the meteoric rise of Rickie Lambert has been quite a surprise to many Saints fans as he has propelled Southampton back into the big time with 92 goals in 163 appearances.
Much like the resurgence of Norwich’s Grant Holt, Lambert had enjoyed fantastic form at Southampton and this season it is still looking like he will continue to score goals. He has already showed his powerful strikes and imposing presence in the Premier League and he could be the key to Southampton’s survival this season. He’s at the heart of an attacking minded Saints team and looks set to continue his fantastic goal scoring record.
- Steven Fletcher – Sunderland
He’s made a pretty perfect start to his Sunderland career with four goals already and a fantastic chance conversion rate.
He seems a perfect fit for Martin O’Neill’s side with his fantastic finishing and poacher style goal scoring, feeding off the deliveries of McClean, Larsson and Johnson. With decent goal scoring records at two poor Premier League sides he looks certain to be worth the £12million as no doubt he will score plenty for the Black Cats this season.
- Jermain Defoe – Tottenham Hotspur
Defoe has made a blistering start for club and country this season with four league goals already in a Tottenham side that is still finding it’s feet under Andre Villas Boas.
This pocket dynamo looks to be playing a more prominent role this season and it is Spurs who are reaping the rewards as Defoe is hitting back of the net regularly again. With good pace and a potent strike, Defoe is a handful for any defence and now at the age of 29 he has all the experience to make this season his goal scoring best.