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Four Premier League attackers exceeding expectations this season

Xherdan Shaqiri got on the scoresheet as Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0 on Sunday, notching his second goal in just over two weeks for the Reds.

Shaqiri joined Liverpool over the summer to provide back-up to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, but he’s become a key player under Jurgen Klopp in recent weeks after a bright start to life at Anfield.

Few expected the Swiss international to be making such an impact for Liverpool, but he’s not the only surprise name making waves in the Premier League this season. Here are the top-four attackers performing above expectations.

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Liverpool winger has scored and created four goals in eight Premier League appearances since joining the Reds from Stoke City over the summer – averaging a goal contribution every 77 minutes.

Shaqiri was meant to be the support artist under Klopp, but he’s become a key man in the Reds’ attack this season. Capable of playing in midfield as well as in attack, he’s shown versatility and has adapted perfectly to life on Merseyside.

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Ryan Fraser

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has enjoyed a bright start to the new season, confounding his critics to become a standout performer. The Scotland international has scored and created nine goals in 12 league outings for the Cherries – his best tally in any season in any league.

No player in the Premier League has more assists than Fraser (6) and only Willian (35) & David Silva (34) have created more chances than the Scot (33) this season. Bournemouth signed Fraser five years ago and 2018/19 is looking like it could be his best campaign by some distance.

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Glenn Murray

Brighton striker Glenn Murray is having a fantastic 2018. He hit top form in a three-month period during the turn of the year  last season, scoring six league goals between January and March and has carried on such prolificness into the 2018/19 campaign.

The Seagulls signed Jurgen Locadia in January and Florin Andone over the summer, but Murray has remained first-choice in attack and has more goals than the pair put together this season. His form has led to talks of an England call-up resurfacing too – something few would have expected from the 35-year-old.

Only Sergio Aguero (8), Eden Hazard (7) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7) have scored more goals than Murray (6), while only five players have won more aerial duels (61). Murray has only taken 16 shots in 12 games, hitting the target 50% of the time and scoring 38% of his efforts – a marksman.

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Callum Wilson

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has also started the season strongly and finds himself just two goals off his best tally in the Premier League. He’s contributed 10 goals (6 goals, 4 assists) from 12 games and has recently received an England call-up as recognition for his efforts.

Only three players have scored more goals than Wilson and only three players have made more assists in the league. It’s perhaps no surprise that Bournemouth find themselves sixth in the division early on given at least two of their players are out-performing the majority.

Wilson also finds himself the subject of transfer talk now too, which is further evidence that he’s enjoying one of the best runs of his career.

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