The Premier League's top five statistic-topping strikers

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It's that time when Premier League fans must wait a whole two weeks before they can catch their teams in action again.

Yes, we've reached the second international break of the 2016/17 campaign and the Premier League is bubbling along very nicely.

Realistically, we at GiveMeSport know that no one really cares that much about the upcoming World Cup qualifiers so what better time to review the season so far?

Seven games in and there have already been some awesome matches, crazy howlers and lots of stunning goals.

Using Squawka's Player Performance Score, which uses a very complicated algorithm to take each on-pitch action, process it and allocate it a score, we've worked out who, statistically, the top five strikers in the Premier League have been so far.

The overall Player Performance Score combines attack, defence and possession, however, for the sole purpose of evaluating the league's best goal poachers we have concentrated on the attacking score.

This takes goals, shots, take-ons and crosses among other key aspects of attacking play into consideration to calculate the final figure.

So now you understand how it works let's get straight into it!

5) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) Attack Score: 229 | Total Score: 151

Despite missing two league games after receiving a suspension for elbowing Winston Reid, Aguero still ranks among the best.

His poor defence score explains why his total is actually lower than his attack but with a tally of five goals from as many games, it's pretty safe to assume the Argentine would top the list had he been available for every match.

4) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) Attack Score: 241 | Total Score: 204

The Swedish star has proven just why he has been considered one of the best strikers around over the last decade by making an instant impact in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho clearly still values the 35-year-old very highly as he is the only Man United player to feature in every game so far this season.

Four goals is a decent return at this stage of the campaign but worryingly for Red Devils fans, Zlatan hasn't scored in his last three league appearances - a trend he will need to change to stay in the top five.

3) Diego Costa (Chelsea) Attack Score: 262 | Total Score: 191

Technically Squawka have Raheem Sterling classified as a forward to come third in this list but as we are focusing on out-and-out strikers, he has been excluded.

Of course, the Premier League's top scorer had to feature in this list somewhere but to most people's surprise, it's not at No. 1.

Costa has scored six goals and picked up two assists along the way, however, his general influence in the attacking third has been considered less than these next two forwards.

2) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Attack Score: 299 | Total Score: 337

On total score alone, Sanchez is miles ahead of the next closest contender but ranks second on attack alone.

Before the season, Arsenal fans were desperately pleading Arsene Wenger to sign a striker but it appears the solution was in fact already at the club.

The Chile international has been in brilliant form so far with four goals, two assists and has generally been a thorn in almost every opposing defence the Gunners have faced.

1) Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Attack Score: 301 | Total Score: 254

Surprisingly pipping Sanchez by just two points to No.1 is Everton's Lukaku.

The Belgian's 11-minute hat-trick against Sunderland may have skewed the statistics slightly in his favour but there's no doubt he is one of the toughest forward to keep quiet.

A further two strikes have put Lukaku in the early running for the Golden Boot and his form will be making Chelsea fans even more frustrated that their team couldn't entice the 23-year-old back to Stamford Bridge.

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