Strikers often receive the most attention in football. This is largely because most of the time they are the ones who score the goals and ultimately win matches. Whilst there have been many excellent performances all over the pitch this season, the strikers are making the headlines due to some incredible goals and standout displays.
Last weekend’s matches showed that there is an abundance of strikers in the Premier League who are bang in form and capable of turning matches on their heads instantly. I’ll start with Liverpool‘s deadly duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
SAS have been fantastic in every game so far this season. Liverpool haven’t looked this good for a long time, and people have mooted that they are serious contenders for the title this year. It is in no small part down to their attacking prowess. On Saturday, Suarez scored one of the best headers I have seen, guiding the ball from the edge of the area into the top corner. Sturridge’s goal wasn’t bad either; a lovely lofted chip over West Bromwich Albion ‘keeper Boaz Myhill. With Coutinho on his way back soon, SAS may be receiving even better support and watching Liverpool attack has been a great watch so far this season.
On paper many would say that Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie provide the best striking partnership in the league. Rooney has been surprisingly good after a summer of speculation about his future. RVP hasn’t quite reached his form from last year but is still capable of producing some magic. Perhaps these two have suffered from a lack of support from attacking midfielders, as you still feel United are missing one or two creative players in the middle of the park.
At Arsenal, Arsene Wenger seems to have unearthed another great Frenchman. Olivier Giroud had an average first season at the club, but has now stepped up his game to become a crucial player. It could have gone two ways this season, he could have ended up following the footsteps of Marouane Chamakh. Another recruit from France who barely made any appearances after his first year. Or he could have taken after Thierry Henry, an Arsenal legend who won matches on his own. Giroud isn’t at Henry’s level yet, but he is playing the same role in leading Arsenal’s front line and finishing off some wonderfully crafted moves.
Over at Manchester City, Sergio Aguero looks set to have another fine season. I struggle to remember this man ever having a bad run of form. He has been excellent since arriving from Atletico Madrid and he took his goal against Chelsea on Sunday superbly.
Aguero already has seven goals in the league this season, and when played with Alvaro Negredo the duo have linked up perfectly. Manuel Pellegrini has changed his attacking options quite a lot, but that partnership has looked good, and Negredo looks a shrewd signing. Aguero is someone who rarely scores a scrappy goal. He has popped up with a few headers recently but he usually scores some great piledrivers.
Chelsea’s win over Manchester City was a huge boost for the side, but the particular turn around in form of Fernando Torres could prove to be even more important in the long-run. It is fair to say he hasn’t set the world on fire since his £50m move in January 2011.
Torres’ indifferent form has frustrated Chelsea fans, but on Sunday he showed a side to his game we haven’t seen for quite a while. After missing an easy chance when one-on-one with Joe Hart, he stepped up his game to give a man of the match performance. He provided the assist for Andre Schurrle’s goal, and then saw his own shot crash off the woodwork. Torres will have had many confidence issues with his drop in form, but yesterday he kept on believing in himself. At the end of the game his relentless work and chasing down put City under pressure and led to a mistake. Has Mourinho been able to get the best out of Torres? It would be great if he could churn out performances like that on a regular basis.
The Magpies have an underwhelming start to the season and fans will probably have a darker view than that after losing against arch rivals Sunderland on Sunday. It seems the Mackems should appoint a new manager every time they play Newcastle. But the main positive for Alan Pardew’s side has been Loic Remy’s start to the season. The loanee from QPR has put in some brilliant performance and scored great goals. He looks lethal in front of goal, and when given the opportunity will more than likely put it away.
Another loan striker looks unstoppable this season as Romelu Lukaku has continued his excellent form from last year. It was a surprise to many when Chelsea let him go again, but if he can carry on scoring for Everton then it will only help Chelsea as all the other teams will be suffering and losing points because of him. Lukaku looks like the natural successor to Didier Drogba, big, powerful, and pacey. He is enjoying his football in a great Everton side and looks unstoppable.
The abundance of in-form strikers in the division simply makes it unmissable right now. Every round of matches brings more great goals, and match winning performances. The La Liga possesses Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but those two scoring 50 a season is getting a little boring now. Having ten plus strikers in the Premiership all fighting for top goalscorer is by far more interesting.