Five Premier League strikers to watch this season
With the new Premier League campaign imminent, a raft of attacking talent is ready to run riot, and with a number of players making their bows, Coral compile five forwards who can light up the league.
A £32m signing from last term’s La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Costa has made scoring look easy during pre-season. At 11/2 to be leading Premier League marksman this season, he is perhaps a ready-made replacement for Didier Drogba, and will also have the Ivory Coast man to help him settle in. With a supply line that includes Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, and fellow new signing Cesc Fabregas he could clean up this term.
Robin van Persie
He flourished at the World Cup under Louis van Gaal, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t do so this season, with the former Dutch boss installed at Old Trafford. At 9/2, the 31-year-old finished as top scorer for the 2012/13 campaign, however was disappointing last term when battling with injury. If he can stay fit, Van Gaal is the perfect man to get Van Persie firing once again, as demonstrated in Brazil this summer.
Following the £75m move to Barcelona of Liverpool teammate and last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez, Sturridge has a great chance to emerge from the Uruguayan’s shadow and establish himself as the main man at Anfield. He is level with Costa at 11/2 to be top scorer, though it will be interesting to see how he integrates in what could be a different system under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.
The Community Shield demonstrated another side of this striker’s game. His lofted finish from outside of the area was cheeky and daring. Last season the Frenchman showed that he had been working on diagonal runs, and playing off the shoulder of the last man. At 20/1 to be top scorer, and with Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, and Alexis Sanchez behind him, he could be a great outside bet.
His maiden Premier League campaign was plagued by injury, though the Montenegrin striker has been in form for Manchester City’s summer friendlies. At 25/1 to be top scorer, he is third behind Sergio Aguero, and Edin Dzeko, though could live up to his potential this term.