The Premier League Is Back! And so are the fans. Top clubs’ business so far with top strikers
It’s that time of the year again where football fans around the world wait in eager anticipation for the start of a new Premier League season. In the build-up to one of the most exciting leagues, Star Sports unveiled a high-octane promo, raising the decibels and passion of fans a notch higher.
The promo film talks about the emotions that grip fans during the season with #PASSIONUNLIMITED. If the last season was anything to go by, Premier League fans are in for a treat as the title race, relegation battle, Champions League and Europa League qualification were all decided on the final day.
Fans across India can watch all the enthralling action LIVE & Exclusive on the Star Sports Select and Disney+ Hotstar from August 6th, 2022.
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With a huge influx of star-studded players being transferred from leagues around the world as well as some high-profile signings agreed between Premier League clubs, here are the marquee Premier League Strikers signed by top clubs this season
Erling Haaland – Manchester City:
Arguably the biggest signing of the season, Erling Haaland was one of the most coveted names in football until he was signed by Manchester City for £85.5m. Pep Guardiola is confident that Haaland will hit the ground running and fit perfectly into his plans at Manchester City. A proven goal scorer in the Bundesliga with 29 goals and 8 assists in 30 appearances last season, Haaland will relish the opportunity to play free flowing football along with some of the best playmakers in the league such as Kevin De Bruyne, Riyadh Mahrez and Bernardo Silva. It will be interesting to see how effectively Haaland will be able to use his sizeable frame and effective hold up play to help City win their third consecutive Premier League Title.
Darwin Nunez – Liverpool
Liverpool supporters first saw a glimpse of Darwin Nunez when Liverpool faced Benefica in the quarter finals of the Champions league last season. Not only did he score in both legs against his current club, but also got a mention from Virgil van Dijk when asked who some of his toughest opponents have been. Nunez signed for Liverpool for a fee of £64m, which could go up to £85m if all terms of his contract are met, making him the most expensive signing in the clubs history. In his last season with Benefica, Nunez managed to score 34 goals and 4 assists in 41 appearances for the club. He is considered to be one of the most versatile forwards in the world right now as he can play out wide, as a sole striker or as part of a front two. This would benefit Liverpool a lot who just parted ways with Sadio Mane as he was a prolific goals scorer for the club.
Raheem Sterling – Chelsea
With the signing of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea fans are excited to have a Premier League proven striker, who has been one of City’s most key performers over the past seven years. The forward had a productive last season with Manchester City, scoring 17 goals and providing 9 assists for the club. While Sterling can play anywhere in the front three or behind the striker, it’s his combination of skill, speed and timing which have proved to be his strongest points. With over 80 Premier League goals since 2016/17 and with an average of 10 assists a season, Chelsea fans may have landed on a goldmine with the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City star signing a 5 year contract with the club for £47.5m.
Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal
Mikel Arteta in his plans to rebuild Arsenal has always told the fans and supporters of the club to ‘Trust the Process’. While the results haven’t always matched the Spaniards goals and vision for the club, it is clear to see that Arsenal is focused on developing a young team with a set of core players all under the age of 25. It therefore makes sense as to why Gabriel Jesus was Mikel Arteta’s No. 1 priority for the summer transfer window. The Brazilian scored 13 goals and landed 12 assists for the 2021/22 season which helped Manchester City win the Premier for the second time running. The 25-year-old striker, who has established himself as one of the leading forwards in the Premier League, joins a club which had the youngest average age in the Premier League last year. Jesus being an aggressive forward will fit in to Arteta’s style of play which require intense pressing, closing players down and forcing defenders into errors.
Richarlison – Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have had one of their most active transfer windows with signings of Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Fraiser Foster and now their latest addition to the pack – Richarlison. The club has shown serious intent by signing some of the most well-regarded players in their respective positions and it is no different when it comes to the signing of Richalison. He has scored 11 goals and provided 5 assists across all competitions last season. With clubs such as Chelsea and Arsenal hot on pursuit to sign Richarlison, the Brazilian signed for Tottenham from Everton in a deal valued at £60m. Antonio Conte will certainly benefit from Richarlison’s work rate, versatility, and tenacity as well as his ability to play the role of a goal poacher especially at clutch situations.
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