Picking an All-out Attack Premier League XI to Score Goals

Vijay MuraliAnalyst IDecember 14, 2011

Picking an All-out Attack Premier League XI to Score Goals

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    The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world and goals do make the league entertaining. The pace and physicality of the league is unique and in the last few seasons, there have been plenty of goals scored in the league.

    Though some may point to weak defenses being the reason for the increased amount of goals scored, others may argue it's due to an improvement in the quality of the strikers in the league.There are many excellent players in the league and some of them could interest several clubs in the world.

    This season has seen several strikers establish themselves as amongst the best players in the world while some others who are exceptionally talented, like Fernando Torres, have struggled to score goals regularly.

    With so many talented goal-scorers in the Premiership, one could name an all-out attacking XI of goal-scorers which is what this article attempts to do.

Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

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    There can be absolutely no doubts about the inclusion of Robin van Persie in this list after he broke the 30-goal barrier in a calendar year and could yet go on to make further records before the end of December.

    The Arsenal captain is in stupendous form and cannot stop scoring. He is currently the top scorer in the league with 15 goals to his name. Though he has had good supply particularly from Theo Walcott and Gervinho, his brilliance has been the major factor in the Gunners' revival.

    Van Persie has scored all types of goals ranging from simple tap-ins, to headers, to exceptional finishes like the goal against Everton this season. The Dutchman is arguably the Gunners' best player and should he remain fit and continue his form, there is every chance that they will finish in the top four this season.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

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    Wayne Rooney is arguably Manchester United's most important player this season. This is especially true with their defense looking shaky—without the imposing presence of Nemanja Vidic—and the absence of a quality creative central midfielder.

    Rooney had an excellent start to the season, but has since been subdued, not scoring many goals till he again found his confidence in front of goal against a struggling Wolves side, scoring an excellent brace.

    With 11 league goals to his name, he has shown that he can be a prolific goalscorer but he has been employed in a free role behind the striker, which limits his goalscoring abilities. Rooney has always had the ability to score great goals, right from his time at Everton. He needs to be more consistent in front of goal if Manchester United are to have a good chance of defending their Premiership title.

Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

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    Demba Ba has been one of the revelations of the season with his superb goal-scoring exploits for Newcastle this season. Though he was not one of the biggest signings of the season in the summer, he is certainly one of the best signings. The striker has been integral to Newcastle's success this season and has been very clinical in front of goal.

    Apart from his goals, his work upfront has also been the key to creating many chances. He has worked extremely hard for the team's cause. If Newcastle are to finish the season in a good position in the top half of the table, then Ba needs to retain his form. The likes of Yohan Cabaye and Danny Guthrie will create chances for the big striker to score.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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    Sergio Aguero is one of the best signings of this season. He has gained the trust of Roberto Mancini following his big money move to sign for Manchester City. Aguero has not taken much time to settle in and has given defenders a torrid time with his running off the ball, trickery and clinical finishing.

    Despite City containing many quality strikers in their squad, Aguero has managed to establish himself as one of the main players for the team. His tally of 11 league goals also suggests his consistency in front of goal.

    The tough Argentinian national has proved that he can be City's focal point in attack. He will continue to progress with time because he is one of the most talented strikers in the world. Though City did spend big money on him, it does seem that they have made an intelligent acquisition. Aguero has certainly improved the quality of the team and has added something different to the team.

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham)

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    Emmanuel Adebayor has had to struggle for some months at Manchester City before leaving out on loan to Real Madrid in the second half of the previous season. However, since that spell, he has become an even better player and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made an astute move in signing the former Arsenal striker.

    Since the arrival of the big striker, Tottenham have struck good form and had not been defeated until the recent game against Stoke City, where they could count themselves unfortunate due to refereeing decisions.

    Though the big Togo striker has a good supporting cast around him like Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart, his clinicality in front of goal has provided an added edge to the team.

    Adebayor is a very important player for Spurs. Redknapp will be interested in a permanent deal for the striker, despite having to pay big fees to City for the transfer.

Darren Bent (Aston Villa)

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    Though Darren Bent has only scored five league goals for Aston Villa this season, he is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Premiership. He has missed some games due to injury while the departures of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young has meant reduced number of chances for the English national.

    Bent is a player who thrives on chances and has the striker's instinct of being at the right place at the right time to score goals.

    He may sometimes be anonymous for some time but can pop up at the right place to score goals. He is a very important player for Alex McLeish's team and the manager will hope that he can rack 20 goals this season as well.

    Bent is one of the more capable strikers in the league and he has been rewarded with appearances for the national team in key games in the Euro qualifiers.

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City)

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    Edin Dzeko arrived in the previous January transfer window with a huge reputation of being one of the best strikers in the world. However, he was much criticized in the second half of the season as he took time to adjust to the physicality and pace of the Premiership. However, the lanky striker has found his goal-scoring form this season, scoring 10 goals thus far.

    Dzeko is different to other strikers at City with his height and has been utilized by Roberto Mancini on several occasions this season. He has been in good goalscoring form and the manager will hope that he continues his excellent form as they look to challenge for the Premier League title.

Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

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    Javier Hernandez was one of the best signings of the previous season as he scored several important goals on the way to Manchester United, achieving their historic 19th league title. The Mexican national has scored six league goals so far this season and has been sidelined due to injuries. He was the second choice striker early in the season behind Danny Welbeck.

    However, "Chicharito" has the instincts of a "poacher" and always has the capability to score important goals for both club and country. He also has composure in front of goal which enables him to score many important goals in the league season. If Manchester United are to repeat the heroics of the last league season, then Sir Alex Ferguson will hope that Hernandez can score many more important goals in their campaign as they look to defend their league title.

Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)

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    Mario Balotelli is one of the most controversial players in world football but his ability as a footballer is undeniable. He has the ability to trouble the best defenses in the world, as he showed in the game against Manchester United. He continues to impress for City with eight league goals to his name.

    His progress under Roberto Mancini has been impressive as he has become more consistent with his performances and has been a key player for City this season.

    With Carlos Tevez not playing an important role this season, the other three City strikers, namely Aguero, Dzeko and Balotelli, have shown great quality in this department and have helped City score plenty of goals.

    Despite Balotelli having his occasional controversial moments, he has shown that he can be a world class player in the future. He is currently a very important player for City as they chase the Premier League title.

Yakubu (Blackburn Rovers)

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    Everton manager David Moyes is known for his man-management and decision making skills in his time at the club—but he must certainly feel that he did make a mistake in letting Yakubu leave to go to Blackburn. Though Blackburn as a club are struggling in their relegation fight, Yakubu has scored many important goals for the club, scoring as many as nine league goals this season.

    He has always been a talented player but has not produced consistently enough for a player of his potential. With Everton struggling for goals, they could do well with a striker like Yakubu. However, the Blackburn striker has the very important task of leading Blackburn to finish outside the relegation spots. It will be difficult for the players to play to their potential when they are involved in the fight against relegation.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

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    Luis Suarez, who has scored only five goals this league season, might be considered a controversial selection by some. However, it is only a matter of time before he scores more goals, considering that he does fashion plenty of opportunities for the team and also for himself.

    Suarez is very difficult to deal with for defenders because of his immense talent, pace and trickery. He should score more goals on a regular basis.

    He has an amazing goals to games ratio at his former club Ajax. He also has an excellent rate for his national team, Uruguay, for whom he recently scored four goals in one game. He could convert more chances in the Premiership with more time in the league. He needs to find greater striking form if Liverpool are to finish in the Champions League places.