It’s been a goal-laden start to the new Premier League season with several forwards in fine form, the high-scoring nature of the campaign to date making the race for the division’s Golden Boot as hotly-contested as ever before.
While Premier League defenders seem to have been caught in something of a malaise, nobody can say the same about the lads further up the pitch, with fans already having been treated to some fantastic moments of attacking brilliance.
Following the opening six fixtures we’ve decided to look at some of the forward players to have started the season in style, here are nine Premier League attackers in red hot form at the moment:
The leading scorer in the Premier League at present and a player enjoying his football in a Tottenham team boasting huge goal threat this season, Son Heung-Min has been prolific in the opening weeks of the campaign.
Son has dovetailed superbly with Harry Kane in the Spurs attack and has netted eight goals for the season already, including a sensational four-goal haul in a 5-2 thrashing of Southampton at St Mary’s last month.
The north London side have been unpredictable but entertaining under Jose Mourinho so far, though Son has performed with consistent excellence and has been ruthless when presented with opportunities.
Spurs are believed to be preparing a contract offer to the South Korean which will take him in line with the club’s highest-paid players, a more than deserved increase in status for a player amongst the Premier League’s finest inside forwards.
Premier League goals scored this season:
Son Heung-Min: 8
Arsenal: 8 pic.twitter.com/HNIshRCC1i
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 26, 2020
Son is now just three league goals short of the tally he managed across the entirety of last season and looks primed for a career-best season with Spurs, who face a Brighton side this weekend who could be the latest side punished by a player in formidable form.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has progressed immeasurably since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Everton, the Italian having identified the young forward as a player capable of leading his forward line with a little fine-tuning of his attributes.
The 23-year-old arrived at the club as a teenager and the Toffees have taken a patient approach with the forward, who was often criticised for lacking a killer instinct despite his admirable work-rate and physical qualities.
After scoring a career-best 13 league goals last season, Calvert-Lewin has begun the new season in prolific fashion with 10 goals – including two hat-tricks – in seven appearances in all competitions for Everton, in addition to scoring on his senior debut for England against Wales earlier this month.
The youngster possesses elite athleticism and a staggering leap, with no player in the division having scored more than his eight headed goals since the start of last season.
Calvert-Lewin has spoken of Ancelotti’s demands for him to stay in central areas and play his football closer to goal, a tactic that is paying off handsomely for a player beginning to mature into a leading Premier League forward.
Everton have spent lavishly in recent years as they bid to assemble a side capable of challenging the top six, though their charge is currently being led by a bargain buy from Sheffield United who is rewarding the club for their patience.
Harry Kane has emerged as arguably the early frontrunner for the Player of the Year awards following a sensational start to the season with Spurs, scoring five times and providing a league leading eight assists in just six fixtures.
No player has ever been directly involved in more goals at this stage of the Premier League season, Kane demonstrating a creative quality to go alongside his goalscoring instincts.
The England captain has regularly dropped deeper and exhibited a fine passing range, with Jamie Carragher lauding the forward as one of the ‘best passers in world football’ following his performances over the opening weeks of the season.
Those displays include becoming the first English player to register four assists in a single Premier League fixture and the first player ever to assist the same teammate four times in a game, setting up each of the aforementioned Son’s four goals at Southampton.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 26, 2020
Kane is currently four assists clear of Aston Villa’s John McGinn in the race for the playmaker award and could become just the sixth player in history to have won a Golden Boot and to have finished as the division’s leading assist provider.
On current form, he could become just the second – after Newcastle’s Andy Cole in 1993/94 – to win both accolades in the same season.
Mohamed Salah has started the season in scintillating form for Liverpool and looks as razor-sharp as ever, the forward primed for another prolific season for the Premier League champions this term.
Salah fell just short of winning a joint-record third consecutive Golden Boot award last season, though looks to be amongst the early frontrunners once more after scoring six times in six league appearances.
The Egyptian international started the season with a hat-trick against Leeds and has since added a further three goals against Aston Villa and Everton, in addition to netting during the Reds’ 2-0 Champions League victory over FC Midtjylland in midweek.
James Milner’s decreasing minutes has seen Salah assume penalty duties and he converted a spot-kick on Tuesday night despite the presence of Milner on the field, adding yet another avenue to goal for a player amongst the world’s finest forwards.
Only Harry Kane can match the 28-year-old’s average of 4.8 shots-per-game and Liverpool will be happy for Salah to shoot on sight in his current form, with Jurgen Klopp having also utilised the star in a centre-forward role at times including in last weekend’s win over Sheffield United.
Salah recently reached a century of goals for Liverpool and has now scored 79 goals in just 114 league games since arriving on Merseyside, a ridiculous record for a player who has looked unplayable at times in recent weeks.
Wilfried Zaha’s desire to leave Crystal Palace to play at a higher level is common knowledge in the Premier League, but the forward seems to be enjoying himself at Selhurst Park once more and has begun the new season impressively.
Zaha was linked with the likes of Arsenal and Everton last summer before being priced out of a move away, responding with a disappointing individual campaign that delivered just four league goals.
That form perhaps dissuaded suitors this time around, but he has set about proving he remains a huge talent with a sharp start, scoring five goals and providing one assist in seven league appearances for Roy Hodgson’s side.
This touch by Zaha 😲pic.twitter.com/E6SXLCPoaM
— Goal (@goal) October 28, 2020
The Eagles have opted to utilise the Ivorian in a central role and it has proven an inspired move, Zaha’s mix of pace, power and fleet-footed trickery making him a nightmare prospect in a centre-forward position.
His six goal involvements are his best start to a league season and Palace will be delighted that their talisman is back to his best, his former suitors likely to have taken notice once more following his exploits to date.
Manchester United’s start to the season could hardly have been worse following home humiliations against Crystal Palace and Tottenham, but recent weeks have shown signs of progress for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with Marcus Rashford at the forefront of their success.
Rashford has begun the season with two league goals and two assists in just five league appearances, though it is on the Champions League stage where he has truly starred.
United were handed a daunting looking group with two of last season’s last four – Runners-up Paris Saint-German and semi-finalists RB Leipzig – in Group H, though they’ve taken six points from six from those contests so far.
Marcus Rashford is named UCL Player of the Week after his hat-trick off the bench against Leipzig ⭐ pic.twitter.com/4YFLYA646u
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 30, 2020
Rashford netted a brilliant winner to seal victory in Paris, before coming off the bench to score a hat-trick as Leipzig were thrashed 5-0 in midweek.
His treble against the Bundesliga side was an exhibition of clinical finishing, a display of the highest quality from a player making a huge difference both on and off the pitch.
Patrick Bamford returned to the Premier League this season having scored just one top flight goal in his career to date, his performances at this level having largely underwhelmed as he struggled to realise his early potential.
Despite becoming a key part of the Leeds side since signing from Middlesbrough two years ago, many predicted his minutes may be limited this season following the club-record signing of Spain international Rodrigo during the summer.
Bamford, however, has responded to the competition in some style, scoring six goals in just six league appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s impressive and energetic outfit.
The forward has long been favoured by Bielsa for his selfless style and insatiable work-ethic, but his prolific start has silenced the doubters who questioned his ability to score regularly at this level.
His hat-trick against Aston Villa last weekend was outstanding, tapping home from close range for his first before a dipping effort to double his tally.
Bamford’s third was the pick of the bunch, however, capping a fine team move with a sumptuous finish despite being surrounded by claret shirts.
The critics are getting ever quieter as Bamford finally proves he can cut in the Premier League.
Last season’s Golden Boot winner remains as crucial to Leicester’s hopes as ever, Vardy picking up where he left off last season by beginning the new season in style.
Vardy netted twice against West Bromwich Albion on the opening day before hitting a superb hat-trick at Manchester City, becoming the first player in history to score a treble in an away fixture against a Pep Guardiola side.
The 33-year-old then scored a vital winner against Arsenal last weekend on his return from a calf injury, remarkably his 11th goal in just 12 appearances against the north London side.
Jamie Vardy scores against Arsenal for the 11th time in 12 games ⚡ pic.twitter.com/7E8RJkx17I
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 25, 2020
Six goals in five appearances is a hugely impressive total for a player who has shown no signs of slowing down despite entering the twilight of his career, Vardy likely to be in the mix to finish as the division’s leading scorer for a second successive campaign.
Vardy also became the Foxes’ oldest ever European goalscorer after netting in the Europa League against AEK Athens in midweek, helping Brendan Rodgers’ side make it two wins from two in their group stage campaign.
Southampton’s talisman is another who has continued his fine form from last season into the new campaign, Ings spearheading Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side as they seek progress this season.
Last season saw the forward finish as the joint-runner-up for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with 22 goals, a figure he is well on the way to matching with four goals in six appearances.
Ings combines fine finishing with intelligent movement and a willingness to work hard, helping implement the Saints’ pressing play by winning possession in the final third.
The 28-year-old’s performances saw him recalled into the England squad after a five-year absence, and he marked the occasion by scoring his first international goal against Wales last month.
Ings is amongst the most reliable Premier League performers at present and will be looking to cement himself in Gareth Southgate’s plans ahead of next summer’s European Championship.