This summer we have seen several strikers bought in to the Premier League by different clubs and some of these were among the best in their respective former leagues.
I have compiled a list of five strikers who can realistically challenge for the golden boot 2013/14.
Robin Van Persie
Van Persie may be past his prime, having turned 30 earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped him starting this season exactly where he left off from last season - he has scored two goals in as many games. Van Persie was Manchester United’s saviour last season scoring 26 goals for them in the league, leading new manager Moyes to say that Rooney is only useful to United should the Dutchman be injured, implying that Van Persie will start most if not all of United’s games should he remain injury free again. He finished last season with the Golden Boot and it will be interesting to see if he will get in again.
Finishing his debut season with a superb strike against QPR to help his side to pip neighbours United to the title, Agüero, who is one of the best strikers in the world, had a distinctly under-par season for the Argentinean last term. His ball control and powerful bursts make him almost unstoppable in the box and can produce a fine finish even in most difficult circumstances. Now with David Silva back to his usual self after a similar season and Jesus Navas, who can deliver a fine cross, maybe Aguero can get more goals and challenge for the Golden Boot.
Recently signed by Swansea from Vitesse Arnhem, Bony finished last season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer, scoring 31 goals in the 24 games he started, which is extremely impressive. Scoring more goals that you’ve played is extremely rare for anyone other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Fast and good in the air, expect him to score 20+ goals.
Signed by Manchester City from Sevilla, Negredo was the highest scoring Spaniard in La Liga last season and the fourth overall after bagging 25 goals. He will have to fight for his place with Agüero and Jovetic, as Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly using Edin Džeko as the main striker but, when given the chance, he will prove his worth and score.
Signed by Tottenham from Valencia, Soldado, like Van Persie, has scored two goals in two games. Scoring 15+ goals every season, Soldado is very consistent and is exactly the goal poacher Tottenham need.
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