With the British summer coming to a close, cold nights and dark mornings loom over us like the fear of Monday on a Sunday evening.
However, who cares? As despite all this, getting out of bed has just become that much easier; the Premier League is back. It’s been a long 12 weeks without it, especially when there’s no Euros or World Cup to keep us entertained, but now normal service resumes.
Accumulators all set for Saturday afternoon, no more pondering around the house being lost on a Sunday afternoon, and even Monday’s are once again more bearable with the thought of MNF at 7; cue the Neville-Carragher combo compliments:
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville asking eachother questions Mastermind style. ?? pic.twitter.com/0S9CPzMFmw
— 90min (@90min_Football) August 3, 2017
With the league returning, the usual debates will dominate general chit chat, and one that surely will always split opinion is how the new summer signings are going to get on with the up-and-coming season.
Up top, they’ll be some familiar faces in different strips, and new faces coming to the league from across Europe; but, how will the strikers get on this season?
Romelu Lukaku – 27 goals
Manchester United’s biggest problem last season was finishing off the ‘lesser’ teams. The signing of Lukaku should resolve this as the Belgian netted 21 of his 25 League goals against the bottom 13 teams.
With better service from the Red Devils, we can only see the 24-year-old improving from his tally last season.
Alvaro Morata – 16 goals
Already being slated for the Spaniard’s missed penalty in the Community Shield. Although the Chelsea man was impressive in finishing as Real Madrid’s second-highest scorer, despite playing fewer games than Karim Benzema last season, he still failed to register over eight goals in Serie A for Juventus before his move to the Spanish capital.
How clinical the 75 million signing is therefore up for debate. However, surely still to score over 15 with the helping hand from the likes of Eden Hazard et al.
Alexandre Lacazette – 18 goals
37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season, whilst also having the best chance to conversion rate in the top five leagues last season at 38.9% – as reported by Sky Sports. The new Arsenal man looks to be that clinical No.9 Arsenal have failed to sign in recent years compared to your Danny Welbecks and Lucas Perez’ in other transfer windows.
Was feeding off scraps at Wembley yet still hit the post, and could get very near the 20-goal mark come May.
Welcome Lacazette, Not a bad way to start your Arsenal career. ?? pic.twitter.com/a4MmaRp1MO
— Arsenal TV ?⚪ (@Arsenal__Live) August 8, 2017
Javier Hernandez – 13 goals
Chicharito has been lauded as one of the signings of the summer, and the cost of £16 million for the Hammers is top value for the inflated prices that have once more become a joke in football.
However, before Fantasy Football managers start raving about how Hernadez is a ‘must’ in your team, the Mexican only once scored over 10 goals in a Manchester United shirt, despite regularly playing more than 20 games.
Hernandez is a good player, but we can’t help but think his likability, and ‘fan favourite’ sort of character makes people think he’s a better player than he is. The Mexican will not receive the sort of service he got in Manchester, so will fall short of the 15-goal mark.
Sandro Ramirez – 14 goals
Everton’s new recruit from Malaga looks to be a great signing at £5.2 million. The 22-year-old found the net 14 times in 30 appearances in La Liga last season, as well as three assists.
When considering Neymar only found the net 13 times playing in a team of superstars, it puts into perspective the Spaniard’s capabilities; could quite easily become one of the summer bargains.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 11 goals
It’s time to prove the doubters wrong, Kelechi. The young 20-year-old has cost the Foxes a lot of money at £25 million, and will not want to be repeating Leicester’s last summer’s flop of Islam Slimani who only found the net seven times at a cost of £28 million.
Iheanacho had an ‘ok’ record at City, with 21 goals to his name in 64 appearances. But, without the world-class service of the Citizens, the Nigerian could struggle in a team which doesn’t always turn up.