Sergio Aguero and the 10 Players Who Could Be This Year's Chicharito in the EPL
Last season, Chicharito became the signing of the season. He rocked up at Manchester United and reeled off a clinical campaign, a sketch surely only predicted by the most devout football fan?
He scored 20 goals in all, 13 in the EPL, and his minutes per goal ratio of 114.3 is currently the best in Premier League history. He also received the prestigious Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award at Manchester United, as voted for by fans.
Therefore, given a full season, who is likely to arrive at a new team and have the potential to score bundles of goals when fully unleashed on the Premier League?
Now many of the players on this list will have far lower odds of scaling the scoring charts compared to Chicharito last summer, but they are either new to the Premier League in 2011, or have yet to play a full Premier League campaign.
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Gervinho has a lot resting on his shoulders at Arsenal. The club have a squad looking a tad depleted at present and, following a bleak summer, there is an amplifying air of gloom circling the club.
Star names Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri look to, or already have, progressed on to new clubs and Gervinho’s transfer has been one of the few forays into the transfer market by Arsene Wenger. With a deluge of absentees, many will be relying on the Ivorian international to hastily reproduce the form he has shown over the past two years.
Gervinho has achieved success in Ligue 1, Europe and on the international stage, suggesting he has the pedigree to succeed at the Emirates. Last season his goals helped Lille secure a memorable league and cup double and he will hope to quickly galvanise Arsenal and compete for major honours.
He is likely to start the majority of games under Arsene Wenger, and when he does, any goals he can score should help revitalise the summer depression around the Emirates.
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Connor Wickham has long been heralded as a future England international due to his rapid rise through Ipswich Town youth teams. Only 18, he is already an England Under-21 international and following a summer move to Sunderland, now has the platform to introduce himself to Premier League audiences.
Standing at 6’3”, he can play as a target man, but also has enough pace and skill to hassle defenders. Sunderland fans see the capture of Wickham as a major coup by Steve Bruce as he seems destined for the top of the game.
At such a tender age, many imagine Wickham being cautiously integrated into the first team fold. However, seeking goals to replace the contributions made last season by Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck, Sunderland currently have few recognised strikers on their books. Steve Bruce may provide the nurturing on the go, and feature the exciting youngster immanently.
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Dark clouds surround Blackburn at present. Manager Steve Kean is already under pressure as the club looks to progress under its new owners.
One of the few acquisitions made over the summer is that of David Goodwillie, the young Scottish striker signed from Dundee United. Blackburn wrestled with several clubs for the youngster's signature, including Rangers, and are thought to have high hopes for his future.
Scoring 16 SPL goals last season, among other accolades Goodwillie was named the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year and won his first senior cap for Scotland.
With Blackburn struggling for numbers, Goodwillie may well be required to speedily settle in at Ewood Park and make a smooth transition to the Premier League. Once he establishes himself, he has the ability to present Blackburn supporters with a mass of goals.
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Following his colossal January price tag of almost £30 million, Edin Dzeko initially adapted slowly to the pace of the Premier League. Such is the competition at Manchester City, a few ordinary performances can plummet you down the pecking order.
However, after spending his first six months acclimatising, as many players do, he is now facing his first full season and poised to take the the Premier League by storm. Scoring over 80 goals in the past three years at well under a goal every two games, given the stage, Dzeko has the capacity to hit 20 goals this season.
Considering the current uncertainty surrounding Carlos Tevez and the constant controversies of Mario Balotelli, Dzeko may well be given that stage on a regular basis. Look for the Bosnian to lead the line frequently this season, and don't be surprised if he finishes the season high on the scoring charts.
Chelsea's new signing Romelu Lukaku is the real deal. Standing at 6'3" with pace and power, Lukaku oozes raw, superstar potential, and Chelsea fans are in for a treat this season.
Lukaku’s inimitable youth team exploits are astounding. He managed 121 goals in 68 games at Lierse and 131 goals in 93 games at Anderlecht, before understandably breaking into the first team just 11 days after turning 16. There he remained, scoring a goal every two games for the Belgian outfit despite his freakish young age in relation to his opponents.
Labelled the new Didier Drogba, Lukaku may find early opportunities to feature at Stamford Bridge gradual. He will have to muscle his way through Daniel Sturridge, Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres and his idol, Drogba. Yet as this video suggests, he will get there, and when he does get an opening, expect some instant fireworks.
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This summer, Graham was at the centre of a fraught transfer battle between Premier League newcomers QPR and Swansea, who both looked to secure his services. Eventually Swansea prevailed and the 26-year-old gets a belated chance at a full season in the Premier League, having experienced only snippets of action during his early career at Middlesbrough.
Having lead an almost nomadic existence thus far, traipsing around nine clubs, Graham finally found consistency and, more importantly, goals at Carlisle and Watford. He will surely now want to make his stay at Swansea a long term arrangement.
Last season he was the joint top goalscorer in the Championship with 23 goals and was voted onto the PFA Championship Team of the Year. Brought in by Brendan Rodgers to replace Fabio Borini, if he can convert his Championship form to the Premier League, Swansea have a player capable of frequently finding the net for them.
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Demba Ba first arrived in the Premier League in January, signing controversially for West Ham following a failed medical at Stoke City. His seven goals in twelve games provided a glimmer of hope and a rare bonus for West Ham fans as they unsuccessfully attempted to stave off relegation.
Following that demotion, Ba transferred to Newcastle where he has already impressed supporters. The Geordie public have even given him his own rather fetching chant of "Ba, Ba, Demba, can you score a goal? Yes sir, yes sir, I'm not Carlton Cole!".
With an impressive tally of goals built up in the Bundesliga, and a glimpse of his promise already portrayed here since January, Ba may well return with a stack of goals in his first full EPL season. If he keeps up his goal ratio from his brief stint at West Ham, Newcastle fans will instantly idolise him, and everyone knows how greatly strikers are cherished at St James' Park.
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Luis Suarez also got his first taste of Premier League action, following his big money move from Ajax to Liverpool in January. Having spent six months adjusting to life in England, he is poised to deliver a big season at Anfield.
With no midweek European distractions, Liverpool will be focusing solely on the league this season. Suarez has all the attributes to compliment his strike partner, Andy Carroll, and the duo look primed to form a deadly combination up front. His summer exploits for Uruguay, where he scored four goals and was named tournament MVP at Copa America have caused expectations around him to soar.
Desperate to not disappoint his new fans despite the rigours of his summer deeds, Suarez has gone straight back to Liverpool and already started the season with two goals. Surely many more will follow for Liverpool's latest number seven.
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Admittedly, to the astute ones reading this, Shane Long does not quite match the criteria of the others on this list. As a teenager, the striker made numerous substitute appearances for Reading during its brief Premier League stay. However, the striker on display this season has evolved so radically, he felt a suitable candidate for this list.
After recording such an impressive haul of goals last year for Reading, topping the Championship scoring charts with Danny Graham, many were touting Shane Long to make a move to the Premier League this summer. With several clubs rumoured to be interested, West Brom eventually secured the Irishman’s playing rights.
Already scoring two goals in as many games, Long has started impressively and could go on to form a potent partnership with teammate Peter Odemwingie. If the two strike up the right chemistry, expect West Brom to propel themselves far higher up the league than most people envisage.
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Sergio Aguero became Manchester City’s latest marquee purchase of the summer when he arrived at the City of Manchester Stadium for a fee thought to be in excess of £35 million.
The Argentine has a lethal strike rate, brings pace, trickery and some lavish touches to every pitch he graces. He was instantly installed as the bookmaker’s favourites to become this year’s leading marksman having troubled every defence in La Liga.
With the success achieved in the Premier League by Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini has now seemingly upgraded his attack by acquiring the man who keeps City's former captain out of their national side. If his double debut strikes against Swansea are anything to go by, expect a whole horde of goals from the Argentine this season as City look to compete at the summit of the Premier League.
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