As the 2017/18 Premier League campaign edges closer, it’s time to consider which players will be leading the way up top.
England has welcomed players like Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata to the Premier League, and if they can settle quickly, they could be deadly for their respective clubs.
As well as adding further quality from abroad, there’s also been some interesting moves between English clubs – such as Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United.
The Belgian forward will undoubtedly flourish under Mourinho’s park the bus and counter attack style of play. While an obvious downgrade for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lukaku presents his own threat to teams, especially against lower half teams.
1.1) Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette (19 goals)
The Frenchman will soon deliver in the Premier League. Image Source: Twitter
2.2) Bournemouth – Jermain Defoe (14 goals)
Defoe could be 40 and still get at least 10 goals a season. Image Source: Twitter
3.3) Brighton – Anthony Knockaert (10 goals)
Brighton's star man to watch out for. Image Source: Twitter
4.4) Burnley – Andre Gray (13 goals)
There won't be many goals for Burnley this season, but Gray will likely be amongst them when they are scored. Image Source: Twitter
5.5) Chelsea – Eden Hazard (16 goals)
Morata isn't ready yet to take over from this man as Chelsea's talisman. Image Source: Twitter
6.6) Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke (20 goals)
Under Frank de Boer, Christian Benteke could have his best season yet. Image Source: Twitter
7.7) Everton – Wayne Rooney (13 goals)
It's time to share the goals at Everton. Rooney will thrive with less pressure. Image Source: Twitter
8.8) Huddersfield – Nahki Wells (11 goals)
If Wells can sort out his contract issues, the Bermudan could definitely showcase his qualities this season. Image Source: Twitter
9.9) Leicester – Jamie Vardy (13 goals)
A respectable 13 for Vardy. If Leicester lose Mahrez, which is looking likely, the Foxes will struggle to score next season. Image Source: Twitter
10.10) Liverpool – Sadio Mane (16 goals)
If Africa's Messi stays fit for Liverpool, he can be their best player, as the Reds will share out the rest of the goals amongst Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Sturridge. Image Source: Twitter
11.11) Manchester City – Sergio Aguero (24 goals)
Gabriel Jesus presence will only help, not hinder, Sergio Aguero. Image Source: Twitter
12.12) Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku (25 goals)
The Premier League's top scorer next season. Image Source: Twitter
13.13) Newcastle United – Dwight Gayle (14 goals)
At 27, It's time for Gayle to prove it at this level. Image Source: Twitter
14.14) Southampton – Manolo Gabbiadini (16 goals)
The best Italian forward that the Premier League has seen in a long time. Image Source: Twitter
15.15) Stoke – Joe Allen (9 goals)
Stoke's team is looking worrying for the Potters fans at the moment. Only Allen can save the Staffordshire club. Image Source: Twitter
16.16) Swansea – Wilfried Bony (17 goals)
Bony is coming home. Image Source: Twitter
17.17) Spurs – Harry Kane (24 goals)
Three-season wonder? It's time for some fans to accept Kane's quality. Image Source: Twitter
18.18) Watford – Troy Deeney (11 goals)
While Marco Silva is a solid appointment for Watford, we expect a style which will look to preference defence over attack. Image Source: Twitter
Tottenham was where The American Bald Eagle's endless Premier league career ended. Friedel was a more than capable back-up to Hugo Lloris. Image Source: Twitter
At a better team, with service that helped Zlatan Ibrahimovic to 17 Premier League goals last season, Romelu Lukaku looks likely to thrive at Manchester United next season. While his first touch has been mocked on social media, he’s a forward which almost any fan would relish to be leading the line for their team.
The signing was particularly smart as Lukaku is a forward who relishes games against weaker opposition – which should reduce the amount of draws by the Red Devils in the upcoming season.
With so many moves taking place before the season has even started, it’s shaping up to be quite an exciting year. As well as seeing how the likes of Lacazette fare in the Premier League, it will also be great to see how Wayne Rooney plays for Everton – a player who has been heavily criticised in the past few seasons, and sometimes unfairly.
Everton’s academy product has a chance to prove the critics wrong this season – the Manchester United legend will thrive with less expectation and pressure at Goodison Park.