The Premier League is home to plenty of both clinical goal-getters and fluke finishers.
Using detailed statistics provided by WhoScored, I have assembled an all-star XI containing the top scorers for each position in the Premier League this season – enjoy!
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul | Newcastle | Assists: 1
No goalkeeper has scored in the Premier League this campaign, but two Newcastle shot-stoppers have notched an assist – Tim Krul and Robert Elliot. Due to his far higher number of appearances this term, it’s only fair that the Dutchman edges out Elliot.
The 25-year-old sent a long-bomb from the halfway line onto the head of Papiss Cisse, who directed it home for Newcastle’s first goal in their 2-1 win over Everton last January.
Right-back: Rafael | Manchester United | Goals: 3
A typical Brazilian full-back - loves to get forward, but often exposes his poor defending - Rafael has established himself as a handy attacking outlet throughout his brief United career.
The Brazil international scored a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime goal against Queens Park Rangers back in February, a superb half volley that any striker would be proud of.
Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham Hotspur | Goals: 4
The classy Belgian defender has been Spurs’ best player behind the white-hot Gareth Bale this season and, in addition to his impeccable defensive work, he has also chipped in with a handful of impressive goals.
A defender by trade, the 25-year-old demonstrated his attacking qualities with a brilliant goal against Swansea last month. The centre-back deftly controlled a Bale through ball before exquisitely sliding a low shot past Michel Vorm.
Centre-back: Branislav Ivanovic | Chelsea | Goals: 4
A formidable opponent for wingers and strikers alike, the burly Serbian is also becoming a fearsome sight for defenders at corners and set pieces.
The 29-year-old has not scored for Chelsea since the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa last December, but many will still remember his well-taken goal against Wigan on the opening day of the current season.
After the Blues won back possession just outside their own penalty area, Ivanovic burst into the opposition half. A neat turn by Eden Hazard on the half-way line created enough space for the Belgian to slide a ball into the path of the right-back, who drove forward and blasted the ball past Ali Al-Habsi.
Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton | Goals: 5
The Everton man and Ashley Cole continue their relentless battle for the England No. 3 shirt, but if there is one feature the 28-year-old has that the Chelsea full-back does not, it is his wand of a left boot.
Baines is the man who usually steps up to take the Toffees spot kicks, but that takes nothing away from some of the remarkable goals he has scored this season.
One of his best this season was a stunning pile-driver of a free-kick from 30-yards against Newcastle in January earlier this year.
Centre-midfield | Santi Cazorla | Arsenal | Goals: 12
The little Spaniard has been Arsenal’s standout performer this season, scoring some memorable goals so far.
The former Malaga star has scored a number of brilliant strikes this term, his most recent coming against Reading. A truly two-footed player, Cazorla hit Gervinho’s lay-off first time with his right-foot, bending the ball around a flailing Stuart Taylor to make it 2-0 just after half-time.
Centre-midfield | Frank Lampard | Chelsea | Goals: 12
200 goals for Chelsea and still wanting to give more to the club despite stalling contract talks. The 34-year-old has perfected the art of scoring goals from midfield and is enjoying a vintage Lampard season in front of goal.
The Stamford Bridge legend tucked away one of his trademark finishes against Wigan last February, ghosting towards the edge of the penalty area before calmly side-footing the ball past Ali Al-Habsi.
Attacking-midfield: Michu | Swansea City | Goals: 17
Widely regarded as the bargain of the season, the previously unknown Spaniard has quickly established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old netted his 17th goal of the campaign against Norwich last Saturday after rocketing a first-time shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Attacking-midfield: Gareth Bale | Tottenham | Goals: 17
Currently revered as one of the hottest players in world football, Gareth Bale has emerged as new and more complete player as he relishes a scintillating season.
Comparisons between the 23-year-old and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo gained prevalence after Bale scored a remarkable free-kick against Newcastle using a similar technique to the Portuguese in February earlier this year.
Spurs fans will be have no fingernails left to chew after the Welshman was carried off against FC Basel in their Europa League quarterfinal meeting last Thursday. It would be a shame to see a player in such good form sit out through injury.
Striker: Robin van Persie | Manchester United | Goals: 19
The Holland international has been a revelation since his contentious move from Arsenal to Old Trafford back in August 2012.
Van Persie had a stellar final season with the Gunners, and the 29-year-old has taken his incredible form to United, relegating Wayne Rooney to the bench while bagging 19 goals so far this campaign.
A magnificent volleyed equaliser against Fulham in the opening month of the 2012/13 season added some real shine to his Premier League debut. The clinical Dutchman smacked home a bouncing cross from Patrice Evra with faultless technique and sent thousands of Reds fans into delirium.
Striker: Luis Suarez | Liverpool | Goals: 22
The controversial Uruguayan is enjoying a magical 2012/13 season so far, topping the scoring charts with a plethora of wonderful goals and showing no signs of slowing down.
The agile forward scored his most recent goal against Tottenham in early March with a magically improvised toe poke around Hugo Lloris after being played in by Jose Enrique.
This Premier League top-scorers XI has netted a collective total of 115 goals so far this campaign! Which player do you think will win the Golden Boot? Leave your prediction below!
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