Coral’s Premier League top scorer special: The outsiders
With Luis Suarez and his rich tapestry of genius now residing in Spain, there will be a new top scorer this season in the Premier League.
The usual top pedigree strikers dominate the market, with Robin van Persie weighing in favourite at 9/2 with Coral, followed by Sergio Aguero (5/1) and last year’s runner-up Daniel Sturridge (11/2).
But as always, there are some well-priced candidates further afield who have the credentials to give you some belief in your buck.
Romelu Lukaku – 18/1 (Everton)
The £28m man managed to grab 15 goals in 31 games whilst on-loan at Everton last season, and has now made the permanent switch to the blue-half of Merseyside.
Big, powerful Belgian Lukaku has shown over the course of the last two terms that he has the ability to score for sides outside of the top four, where it could be argued the service is not as bountiful.
Lukaku will be the main man for a top-six challenger like the Toffees, and that gives him an advantage over the likes of Edin Dzeko and Dider Drogba who, despite playing for two of the biggest clubs in the league, are unlikely to see as many minutes as the 21-year-old.
Loic Remy – 25/1 (QPR)
Ah, the curious case of Loic Remy.
Whatever the true reasons behind the collapse of the Frenchmen’s move to Liverpool this summer, Remy still has a mightily impressive return in the Premier League. Between QPR and Newcastle United, he has 20 league goals in 40 appearances.
Although it’s unlikely the former Marseille man could capture the gong whilst at Loftus Road, should a speculated top-six move materialise (Arsenal reportedly interested), Remy has all the tools to fire his way to the summit of the scoring charts.
Alexis Sanchez – 14/1 (Arsenal)
Chile International Sanchez may be new to the Premier League, but the former Barcelona man is simply too good to rule out.
The 25-year-old rattled in 19 goals in 34 games in La Liga last season, and even laid on 10 assists. Though he predominantly operates out-wide, his positioning in the Emirates Cup last weekend suggested a Marc Overmars-esque role in the Arsenal line-up. Sanchez continually made his way inside onto the shoulder of the last man in search of penetrating runs in behind.
Wayne Rooney – 14/1 (Manchester United)
At fifth favourite, 14/1 has to be considered great odds for Wayne Rooney.
The United hitman bagged 17 of his 173 Premier League goals last season in a struggling Manchester United side. Despite placing fourth on the all-time list, Rooney has never been top scorer, unlike teammate Van Persie who is a two-time winner.
Under new boss Louis van Gaal, United’s pre-season has indicated the Red Devils are prepared to turn a corner, and you can bet Rooney will play a significant part the Dutchman’s evolution at Old Trafford.