Diogo Jota: Nine Premier League forwards who can follow in the Liverpool star's footsteps


When Diogo Jota left Wolves earlier this summer, there were a few eyebrows raised at the transfer fee.

In departing Molineux, he cost Liverpool a sum of £41m, a seismic portion of money when you consider he'd fallen out of favour in the Midlands.

With that in mind, it was a move that suited all parties. Wolves got rid of a player they didn't really want anymore and Liverpool signed someone who would give their attack greater depth. 

However, if you thought that fee was a bit too large, then Jota has already gone about repaying it in scintillating fashion. 

The Portuguese is having a breathtaking start to life at Anfield; scoring a hat-trick against Atalanta in the Champions League and scoring in his first four home games in the Premier League after his header vs Leicester last night. 

Jota has given an added element to Liverpool's front line and there are now even claims that he could replace Roberto Firmino as the Reds' leading striker.


The attacker has burst into life since his big-money move and it begs the question, what other forwards could do the same?

The Premier League has a plethora of exciting attackers at non-top six clubs who, if given the chance, could embark on a similar trajectory at a big side.

Harvey Barnes

The first name on our list is Leicester winger, Barnes. The Foxes youngster has been excellent this season and is enjoying a breakthrough campaign, one that's seen him earn his first call-up to the England national team. 

Barnes was impressive on loan at West Brom in 2018/19, scoring nine times and assisting six goals and he has since built on that brilliantly. He contributed to 14 goals last season and has three strikes to his name already this term. At the age of 22, Barnes has the rest of his career ahead of him to thrive. A big move could well be on the cards if he keeps improving. 


Allan Saint-Maximin 

The Newcastle winger is one of the most exciting in the top-flight and although he's failed to develop consistent numbers quite yet, he'd add a game-changing aspect to one of the top clubs. The Frenchman's dribbling ability is mesmeric, so much so that his tally of 4.7 per game in 2019/20, was the second-best in the Premier League. 

Just imagine what he could do if he had more of the possession at a big side - it would be frightening. 

Dwight McNeil 

The 20-year-old is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and it's hard to believe just how young he is when you consider the length of time he's been playing in the top-flight. 

McNeil is not a regular goalscorer, netting just five in 75 matches, but he is a rare player at Burnley. Sean Dyche usually relies on enforcers, but his young winger is more of a technical individual. Thus, if he earned a move to not even a big club, but one that likes to play possession football, his numbers would improve significantly. 

Matheus Pereira 

The West Brom playmaker was one of the most exciting players to watch in the Championship last season and now he's been given the platform of the Premier League, should improve even more. The 24-year-old scored eight times in 2019/20, but more impressively, racked up 16 assists. This is a magical player who seems destined to play at the top table sooner rather than later.


Pedro Neto

If you had to pick anyone at Wolves to follow in the footsteps of Jota, then it would definitely be Neto. The diminutive Portuguese is cut from a similar cloth and is a tricky winger capable of beating players with ease. Clearly, he is an exciting player and valued at just £19.8m, isn't yet too pricey. 

He is an underrated talent that if given more exposure, will surely become even better. 

Wilfried Zaha

The oldest name on this list, it feels like the 27-year-old has been waiting to explode for years now. He failed to set the world alight at Manchester United, but this season is showing that his prime years have only just begun. Zaha is a fabulous talent and can turn the course of a match in an instant.

Grady Diangana

There was absolute carnage at West Ham when Diangana left permanently for West Brom in the summer. Supporters were enraged and then Mark Noble called out the club's hierarchy for their strange decision to sell him. Despite that, they may have ended up losing him anyway. That's because the 22-year-old is a flashy talent capable of scoring and creating in equal abundance. He found the back of the net on eight occasions last term, also assisting six times. 

Leandro Trossard

This one could go either way. Trossard contributed to five goals last term, but there are reasons to believe that in future, he could contribute greatly to a top club in the Premier League. He is a tricky winger and gets himself in the right positions on a regular basis. He is a very threatening player. 


Adama Traore

If anyone is going to get a move to a top club on this list, then it'll surely be Traore. The former Barcelona speedster is a frightening player and scares defences to death on a regular basis. He completed more successful dribbles per game - five - than anyone in the Premier League last season, while the Spaniard also created nine goals for his teammates.

At the age of just 24, Adama has all of the qualities necessary to thrive at one of the biggest clubs in the country. When that happens feels like just a matter of time.

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