The Premier League’s top forwards have had a blazing start to the season, with three players breaking the five-goal mark after just seven games.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the way in the title race – and contenders will need to continue to find the back of the net if they are to claim victory.
Much of the attention has been focused on the return of Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo, who was named Premier League player of the month in September.
His rivals will have to lead a stellar campaign if they are to prevent him from claiming the Golden Boot in May, which makes this season all the more exciting.
here Football Mirror ranks the top 10 forwards in England’s biggest competition – based on the first two months of Premier League action.
10. Ismaila Sarr, Watford
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Xisco Munoz may have been sacked recently, but it wasn’t the fault of Watford’s top scorer Sarr.
The Senegal striker, 23, has hit the back of the net four times in his seven Premier League appearances this season, helping the team to crucial victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Sarr joined Watford from Rennes in August 2019 and suffered relegation in his debut season, scoring just five Premier League goals as his side fell.
He found his marks in the Championship last season, scoring 13 league goals and inspiring the Hornets to automatic promotion.
Watford doesn’t have much quality up front and will need Sarr to continue his prolific form if he is to survive in the top flight.
9. Sadio Mané, Liverpool
Sarr’s compatriot Mane continues to show why he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League after a great start to the season.
The 29-year-old Liverpool ace has scored four goals in seven league appearances this quarter, posting a conversion rate of 27%.
Mane is just one goal away from joining the Premier League’s illustrious “100 Club” and can pull off the feat against Sarr and Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool have made an unbeaten start to the campaign thanks to Mane’s impressive form, gaining 15 points so far.
Injuries permitting, Mane will rarely find himself out of the power standings this season.
8. Ivan Toney, Brentford
Toney is starting to prove himself as a Premier League footballer following Brentford’s promotion from the league in May.
The 25-year-old Bees talisman may have only scored two goals in seven league appearances this season, but there is so much more to do.
The smart and tireless runs of the former Newcastle youngster are a nightmare for defenders, helping Brentford produce an intense style of play needed in the Premier League.
Toney’s performances saw the newly promoted club take 12 points in seven games and survival now looks realistic.
And there’s a chance the Englishman will still score plenty of goals, finding the back of the net 109 times in 272 league games over his career.
7. Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea
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Chelsea needed a striker and Lukaku – one of the best in the world – is certainly good enough to fill the role.
The Belgian, 28, has started his second stint at Stamford Bridge well, scoring three goals in six Premier League appearances this season.
Lukaku was known for his scoring exploits during his stints at West Brom, Everton and Manchester United – hitting the net more than 100 times in the Premier League.
But the prolific star added a new dimension to his game during his time at Inter Milan under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, improving his bonding game and tactical awareness to help them win the Serie. TO.
Lukaku admitted in August: “Technically I got better because before, the return to goal wasn’t really my thing, I didn’t like it, I didn’t like it. I’m more of a guy who likes to run behind Find tight spaces and face players.
“But as soon as I started to improve with my comeback game it was better for me because I could score more goals but I could also create more for my teammates so my assists increased and I became a more complete reader. “
6. Neal Maupay, Brighton
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After two seasons in the top flight, Maupay began to establish himself as one of the best forwards outside the “Big Six”.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has scored four goals in his seven Premier League appearances this quarter, propelling Brighton to sixth in the table.
Maupay has been prolific throughout his career, finding the back of the net 85 times in 292 career appearances for Nice, Saint-Etienne, Brest, Brentford and Brighton.
He has been compared to Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard before thanks to his natural aggressiveness and flair – and has enough talent to keep Brighton out of the relegation zone.
But whether the Seagulls can keep Maupay – especially if his form continues – is another question.
5. Jamie Vardy, Leicester
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What remains to be said about Vardy? He’s scoring plenty of goals for Leicester – and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
The ex-Fleetwood star has scored six goals in seven Premier League games this season, producing one assist.
Despite his form, the Foxes have collected just eight points so far and sit an unfamiliar 13th place in the standings.
Fortunately for Leicester, Vardy has no plans to retire. Asked by The Times about his own testimony, the player said: “I don’t even think about it.
“I want to continue. I still have two years of contract.”
4. Hwang Hee-chan, the wolves
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Few players have made a more impressive start to their Premier League careers than Wolves new loaner Hwang.
The South Korean ace, 25, has scored three goals in four league appearances this quarter, posting a 100 percent conversation rate.
Hwang’s two goals in Wolves’ last game against Newcastle were particularly important, helping them register a 2-1 victory and climb to 12th place in the table.
The aggressive forward has scored goals before, hitting the back of the net 45 times in a four-season spell with Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg.
Hwang’s time at parent club RB Leipzig hasn’t been great – he hasn’t scored in his 20 Bundesliga appearances – and Wolves fans are hopeful he can put that chapter behind him.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United
If he stays fit, Ronaldo will score a lot of goals for Manchester United this season.
The Portuguese superstar, 36, has already found the back of the net three times in four Premier League games since returning to Old Trafford on deadline day.
No one needs to recall it, but Ronaldo’s domestic record at Juventus was exceptional – scoring 81 goals in 98 Serie A appearances, winning two league titles.
And the player wants to replicate that success at United. He told the club’s website in September: “I’m not here for vacation.
“Like I told you, it was good before, winning important things and I wore the jersey many years ago, but I’m here to win again.
“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to have a head start.”
2. Mikhail Antonio, West Ham
Antonio has been a winger and right-back throughout his career – but he’s finally producing his best form as a forward at West Ham.
The 31-year-old former Nottingham Forest ace has scored five goals and produced three assists in six Premier League games this term to become the Hammers’ all-time top scorer in the competition.
His form has helped the team collect 11 points so far in 2021-2022 and achieve big wins, winning both Newcastle and Leeds.
Antonio has never scored more than 10 league goals in a top-level campaign – but that record is set to be broken in the coming months.
And he’s now a full international after making his debut for Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier against Panama last month.
1. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
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Salah is already a Liverpool and Premier League legend – and he’s not even 30 yet.
The Egyptian icon, 29, has scored six goals and produced three assists in seven Premier League games this season to lead the way in the Golden Boot race.
The highlight of Salah’s campaign so far has been a formidable strike against Manchester City, which has sparked debate over his quality.
Corn Football Mirror Liverpool columnist and hero Robbie Fowler has no doubts, writing: “Mo Salah is, without a doubt, world class.
“In all fairness we lack superlatives about him, especially after that goal against Manchester City which had a bit of everything.
“If it had been Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have talked about it even more.
“There were the shiny keys in the tight spaces, the body strength, the pace, the bit of cunning and then the glorious finish.”