Season-defining strikers

Date published: Monday 31st July 2017 11:48

You need a good striker to win the Premier League title, any title in fact, someone who guarantees at least 20 goals per season. Will the Premier League’s new arrivals be able to hit that mark?

Alvaro Morata

Chelsea have won the title twice in the last three seasons, and in both of those campaigns Diego Costa registered at least 20 league goals.

The Blues though can no longer rely on the Brazil-born centre forward, with his future at the club still very much in question, and need their new signing to pick up the slack.

The Spanish striker has worryingly not reached the 20-goal mark in a season in his career yet, with last season’s haul of 15 La Liga strikes his most productive campaign to date. At Juventus and during his earlier spell with Los Blancos, Morata didn’t even manage to reach the double digits.

At 24 he is entering his prime years, but the Blues need him to adapt quickly to the English game, because it will be tough defending their title without goals from their new frontman.

The reigning champions also have Michy Batshuayi on the bench. The Belgian barely made an impact at the club last season, but some impressive showings in pre-season means that he could get his chance should Morata flop.

Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman’s move to England has been touted for a number of years, and he is finally set to take on the Premier League with new team Arsenal.

Now 26, Lacazette moves to London following his most prolific season in Ligue 1, in which he scored 28 goals from 30 appearances surpassing his 27-goal haul from 2014/15.

Unlike Morata, Lacazette has the stats to prove that he is a 20-goal striker, but he also has to adapt to a new and more competitive league.

Assuming that Alexis Sanchez remains at the club, the Gunners will have two forwards capable of exceeding the 20-goal mark, further pushing the likes of Olivier Giroud out of first team reckoning.

Javier Hernandez

Unlike Morata and Lacazette, West Ham’s new striker Javier Hernandez is not new to the Premier League, having spent six seasons with Manchester United between 2010 and 2016.

During that time Chicharito was unable to break the 20-goal mark, with the 13 goals from his first season at Old Trafford proving to be his most prolific.

In fact, the Mexican has never reached 20 league goals in a single season, coming closest in 2015/16 with 17 strikes at Bayer Leverkusen.

He is, however, a more complete striker and, if given game-time, could ultimately be an inspirational signing for the Hammers.

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