They don’t give strikers the big bucks because of their haircuts. The Premier League would not be the spectacle that it is without the strikers who deliver the goals and the glory.
Jamie Vardy Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy’s rise from Halifax and Fleetwood Town to winning the Premier League title with Leicester is straight out of Hollywood. His 24-goal haul after only scoring five the season before is now written in folklore and the decision by the 29-year-old to reject the big money offer from Arsenal to remain with the Foxes has made him an even bigger legend.
Harry KaneEngland striker Harry Kane’s 25 goals last season was the best in the Premier League and proved he’s no one-season wonder. Kane, 23, is a natural in front of goal - signified with a shooting accuracy of 60%. The Tottenham striker also possesses a lethal shot from distance and an unselfishness that produced six assists - he just needs to stop taking corners for England.
Sergio AgueroManchester City centre forward Kun Aguero was equal second placed on the goal scoring charts with 24. The Argentine’s stature and skill make him lethal in tight areas. Kun’s scoring instinct is unmatched and his record of a goal every 99 minutes was the best in the league last season.
Romelu LukakuPowerful Everton striker Romelu Lukaku had his best ever season with 18 goals last season. The Belgian international’s 193 cm frame and 93 kg body outmuscled defenders all season. The Toffees will do well to hold on to the 23-year-old, whose goal poacher’s instinct, speed and skill will be in high demand.
Anthony MartialAny doubts about Manchester United’s outlay of $72 million for a teenager in Anthony Martial were dismissed when after only four weeks in England the wunderkind was named Premier League player of the month. The French international’s pace, power and strength helped the 20-year-old finish the season with 17 goals in all competitions.
Diego CostaChelsea striker Diego Costa’s miserable season of 12 goals in 28 games saw the Spanish international dropped from his country’s Euro 2016 squad. When in top form, he is one of the world’s best strikers. However, it’s the other side of his game that gets the headlines. He is often accused of being a dirty player and is injury prone.
Marcus RashfordJose Mourinho’s first task as manager was to give Marcus Rashford his own spot in the senior squad’s shed with a new contract after Louis van Gaal had kept him in the youth side’s changing room, despite his starring roles for the first team. After scoring two goals on his debut to beat Arsenal at Old Trafford and the winner away to Manchester City, the 18-year-old is one of England’s brightest prospects.