The 2022-23 Premier League season offered one of the most talked-about goalscoring races in recent memory after Erling Haaland set a new single-season record as a freshman in the top flight of English football, while Harry Kane officially became Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer to offer some reprieve across what was a frustrating campaign.
As a competition that boasts probably the deepest pool of talent anywhere in the world, the number of goalscoring threats that lead the line for the respective 20 clubs in the Premier League seemingly improved on a yearly basis.
Premier League clubs have once again brought additional strikers into the mix that could have a say in the goal race should they settle and find confidence and form, but just how does one gauge the top ten strikers in the top league in Europe? 101 Great Goals takes a crack at it.
Note: Due to the length of his suspension across the upcoming 2023-24 season, Ivan Toney is not included on this list.
10: Evan Ferguson (Brighton)
As one of the better clubs in English football when it comes to scouting and developing young talent, Brighton has made a name for itself as a supplier of top-grade footballers to bigger clubs in England. But now, after finishing in the top six under highly-touted manager Roberto De Zerbi, the Seagulls are looking to hold on to its young core; one of them being Irish international Evan Ferguson. Though his goal tally last term only saw him hit 6 goals, he did so in less than 1000-minutes of action while often being the most dangerous man on the pitch. He’s undoubtedly primed for a breakout season.
9: Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham)
At the time of writing, star Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrović is still a Fulham player and a key asset for the Cottagers across the Premier League landscape. Though a move to Al-Hilal appears to be on the cusp of being finalized if Fulham buckles under the pressure, homage must be paid to the former RSC Anderlecht standout whose form helped Marco Silva push the club to a lofty 10th-place finish in the table. His place in the top ten goalscorers in the league last term speaks to his quality as a target man.
8: Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest)
Across a much-maligned summer transfer spending spree at City Ground, Nottingham Forest drew a ton of criticism after bringing in over twenty players in a bid to avoid an immediate drop down to the Championship. Though it took over half a season for many of Steve Cooper’s men to settle, Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi eventually proved his jump from Union Berlin to the Premier League was justified. As a physical profile in the middle of the attack, there are few better. Once he found confidence, his goals were vital to the club’s efforts to stay up.
7: Darwin Nuñez (Liverpool)
With just 9 goals to his name across a debut season under Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, Uruguayan striker Darwin Nuñez still has a lot to prove in the top flight of English football, but when he showed glimpses of the ability that convinced many of Europe’s leading clubs to scrap for his services while leading the line for Portuguese giants SL Benfica, it was readily apparent why he was so highly rated. His profile is well suited to PL football, but as a clinician, there is still a considerable amount of polishing to be had. 2023-24 should be a much better showing from him.
6: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
Ask most Arsenal fans, including myself, and Brazilian international forward Gabriel Jesus is one of the top strikers in the Premier League, and for us, that was most evident in 2022-23 before his lengthy absence via injury on account of how he played a massive role in improving our state of play under Mikel Arteta. Had he scored more goals and not missed the time that he had, he’d likely be rated higher in this piece, but for now, until we see how he gets on in 2023-24, he still warrants a place in the top ten. While not as clinical as others, his all-around game is superb.
5: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
This will no doubt be seen as controversial by quite a few readers after English star Marcus Rashford hit an impressive 17 goals last season while once again showing himself to be a valuable versatile asset - this time under Erik ten Hag - but given the amount that the Red Devils academy graduate featured at left-wing in 2022-23, it was hard to rank him higher than a credible fifth. Influential on his day, Rashford could certainly improve on his goal total from last season now that ETH is fully bedded in at Old Trafford.
4: Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)
Across a career that was often ravaged by one unfortunate injury after the next, England international Callum Wilson has often shown signs of brilliance before having to revert back to zero and rediscover form and fitness. But as part of Newcastle’s unexpected push into the top four under Eddie Howe last season, Wilson proved to be lethal in a way never seen before at the top level from the former Bournemouth standout, hitting a career PL-best 18 goals to help the Toon Army march into Europe in 2023-24.
3: Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
While many will gravitate toward bigger names that were further down the list, English striker Ollie Watkins once again proved himself to be one of the more under-rated players across the Premier League in any position. Though he, and Aston Villa as a whole, faced possible relegation last season, after the arrival of Unai Emery, Watkins went into overdrive in the final third on his way to a career-best 15 goals and 6 assists in a single season. And he could improve further still.
2: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
When you score 30 goals in a single league campaign and still are arguably not the best striker in the country, there is not really much more you can do. And though Harry Kane may not be with Tottenham much longer if he ultimately decides to swap London for Bavaria, the record-setting goalscoring machine has already written his legacy in Premier League lore. Expect an upcoming battle for top scorer with Erling Haaland once again should he stay.
1: Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
There were quite a few pundits who predicted Norwegian starlet Erling Haaland would flop in the Premier League due to his arrival from the often-overlooked Bundesliga during his fantastic spell at Borussia Dortmund. Each one of them was appropriately silenced in stunning fashion last season after the 23-year-old set a new single-season goal record in his debut campaign while leading Manchester City to a treble. But can we equal or better that season?