Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Premier League Forwards – 2022/23 Power Rankings

We’re almost two months into the Premier League season, and already certain players are beginning to stand out from the crowd.

We are now taking a look at who we think have been the ten best forwards in the 2022/23 Premier League campaign so far…

10. Dejan Kulusevski

Dejan Kulusevski
Kulusevski has assisted three goals already this campaign. / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages
Last season saw Kulusevski become the first player to finish in the top 10 for most assists in a Premier League season after joining the league in January.

The 22-year-old Swede just keeps getting better this season, laying on sumptuous crosses for his teammates and offering a constant threat with his wand of a left foot.

9. Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford
Could Rashford be rediscovering his best form? / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages
Last season was arguably the worst of Rashford‘s career so far, with the 24-year-old scoring just four league goals and losing his place in the England squad.

Fortunately, the arrival of Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford seems to have breathed new life into the pacey forward, who has already come close to matching last season’s tally with little sign of slowing down.

8. Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha is still the main man at Selhurst Park. / Jan Kruger/GettyImages
As he enters the final year of his contract at Crystal Palace, Zaha looks more talismanic than ever for the Eagles.

Despite a rocky start for the South Londoners, their 29-year-old captain still has the ability to win matches for them single-handedly and has four goals in five appearances so far this campaign.

7. Rodrigo

Rodrigo - Spanish Soccer Striker - Born 1991
Rodrigo has led the line superbly for Jesse Marsch’s side this campaign. / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Nobody seems quite sure whether or not Leeds are actually good this season – least of all themselves. Rodrigo, however, looks like a player reborn.

A towering header in the 3-0 win over Chelsea exemplified the Spaniard’s ability to lead the line for Jesse Marsch’s side, made all the more crucial by the continued absence of Patrick Bamford.

6. Leandro Trossard

Leandro Trossard
Trossard has stepped up to become a key player for Brighton. / Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages
Brighton lost two of their best players this summer in Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella. Despite this, the Seagulls have defied expectations and challenged the Premier League’s elite in the early stages of the season, with Trossard one of their standout performers.

The Belgian’s versatility and tireless efforts down the left flank have made him one of the most exciting players to watch so far.

5. Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney
Toney has five league goals so far this season. / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages
Toney has gone from strength to strength ever since that nice kick-about with the boys in Brentford’s first-ever Premier League game.

The 26-year-old demonstrated all his attacking qualities with a hat-trick in the Bees’ 5-2 victory over Leeds and earned himself a place in the England squad for the first time. Will he be on the plane to Qatar?

4. Harry Kane

Harry Kane
Six goals so far – but does Kane have more to offer? / Visionhaus/GettyImages
The general consensus is that Spurs haven’t really gotten going yet this season, despite being unbeaten and one point behind leaders Arsenal. Kane remains far from his omnipotent best so far this campaign, yet still has six goals from his first seven games.

You dread to think what he’ll be like when he’s playing well.

3. Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus
Jesus has transformed Arsenal’s front line. / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Turns out Gabriel Jesus is extremely good at football. Who knew?

With four goals and three assists already this season, the Brazilian has transformed Arsenal’s attack, tearing teams apart with his movement and dribbling ability.

2. Alexsandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Mitrovic has helped Fulham punch above their weight so far this season. / Clive Rose/GettyImages
Third time’s the charm.

After a couple of failed attempts in the Premier League, the Serbian giant has returned to the top flight on a mission to establish himself at the top level. Six goals in seven games suggests he’s on the road to doing just that, as Marco Silva’s side continue to punch above their weight.

1. Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland
Alan Shearer’s worst nightmare. / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
Remember when people were speculating on Manchester City’s ability to accommodate Haaland in their tactical setup? Remember the Darwin Nunez comparisons? Remember the Community Shield? Us neither.

Haaland has made a mockery of the Premier League so far, making scoring goals look so easy you almost want to make fun of Alan Shearer for only managing 260. If he stays at the Etihad for the long term, there’s no telling just how far the Norwegian can go.

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