In the last couple of seasons, we have seen very few players of the level of strikers we witnessed a few years back when the likes of Van Persie, Suarez, Aguero and Rooney were in full flow. There was a scary level of competition between these players and all of them had the ability to break into any team in the world. We saw exactly that in the case of Suarez as he established himself as a vital cog in the most fearsome attacking trident in the world after moving to Barcelona. Last season we saw two players mainly Vardy and Kane who dominated the league and while they were excellent, fans will be hoping to see a few more strikers get into the mix.
We look at three forwards who could play a big role in their respective team’s fortune this season-
AHMED MUSA (LEICESTER CITY)
Leicester City start the season with the sole objective of putting forth a good account of themselves. While majority have welcomed Leicester’s historic title triumph, sceptics have labelled them as a one-season wonder. Be that as may, Ranieri will do well to focus on the job at hand and not pay attention to wagging tongues. Musa will be an extremely important addition to them and with him most probably lining up with Mahrez and Vardy they have the potential to light up the league. Musa possesses undoubted potential as showcased in the brace against Barcelona and Leicester will be hoping he is able to find his feet quickly in the Premier League.
ALVARO NEGREDO (MIDDLESBROUGH)
The burly Spaniard has previously worn a City shirt and lifted the Premier League trophy with them as he formed a lethal partnership with Aguero up front. The contrasting nature of the two helped them demolish Premier League defences at will.
Middlesbrough have pulled off a major coup having landed the striker and Karanka would hope he is able to utilise his experience in the League to bang in a few goals for the Riversiders. With players like Fischer, Downing and Gaston Ramirez available to provide him with the ammunition, Negredo has the hopes of the Boro fans on his broad shoulders.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (MANCHESTER UNITED)
The Swedish international was snapped up Mourinho on a free transfer and even though United are signing Pogba for an estimated £120m overall, Zlatan has every chance of becoming United’s most important player this season. With a healthy striker-rate, Ibra will look to dominate defences in the Premier League and has seemingly hit the ground running as he has scored twice already in his two appearances.