Centre-forwards in Europe’s top five leagues have began the season in sparking form, with goals galore from strikers across the continent.
From familiar faces to surprise packages, this list of names have hardly missed during the season’s opening weeks. We’ve listed the leading scorers across the top European leagues in the 2023/24 campaign to date.
The leading goalscorers from Europe’s top five leagues so far this season:
6. Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain (7)
Kylian Mbappe has put aside his differences with Paris Saint-Germain to start the season in goalscoring form, with seven Ligue 1 goals having propelled the 24-year-old to a familiar position as the league’s leading scorer.
Mbappe has ended as Ligue 1’s top goalscorer in five consecutive campaigns and has now scored 220 goals in just 261 appearances for PSG. It would be a brave person to bet against Mbappe making it six in a row, in what could be his final campaign at the Parc des Princes.
5. Jonas Wind – Wolfsburg (7)
After two rather modest seasons at Wolfsburg, Jonas Wind has started the new season with a bang. The 24-year-old recorded just 11 league goals across the previous two campaigns, but has seven in just six games in 2023/24 to date.
That form has contributed to a strong start from Wolfsburg, who are seventh in the Bundesliga table and pushing for a place in Europe under former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovač.
Wind’s goals bode well for the Denmark national team, for who he has scored seven goals in 20 appearances at international level. The forward – who has been linked with a move to Brentford should Ivan Toney depart – could form a partnership with Manchester United’s Rasmus Hojlund as the Danes look to reach Euro 2024 next summer.
4. Erling Haaland – Manchester City (8)
Erling Haaland is the early leader in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, but his return of nine goals in all competitions ranks him only equal third in Europe’s leading leagues.
Haaland has hit eight goals in just seven games to open up a two-goal lead over nearest challenger Son Heung-min. Haaland’s haul included a hat-trick against Fulham last month, incredibly his fifth in the division since signing for Manchester City in 2022.
3 – Erling Haaland scored three second-half goals against Fulham, the third time he’s scored a single-half hat-trick in the Premier League. In the competition’s history, only Andrew Cole (5) has scored three goals in a half on more occasions. Rampage. pic.twitter.com/9gXgTXm045
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 3, 2023
The Norwegian’s five hat-tricks leaves him level with names such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole and Robin van Persie for Premier League trebles, despite having featured just 42 times in the Premier League to date.
After 52 goals in all competitions as Manchester City won the treble last season, he’s among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.
3. Harry Kane – Bayern Munich (8)
Harry Kane has made an immediate impact since signing for Bayern Munich with the England captain as close to a guarantee of goals as there is in world football.
Bayern spent big to land the 30-year-old from Tottenham during the summer and have been repaid with nine goals in nine games across all competitions.
Kane has scored eight of those goals in the Bundesliga, as he looks to become the second player – after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – to win Golden Boot accolades in Germany’s top division and the Premier League.
2. Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan (9)
Lautaro Martinez is understood to be close to signing a new contract at Inter Milan and the club will be desperate to secure the long-term future of a forward who has been in scintillating form.
Martinez has scored 23 league goals for Inter this calendar year, with only Harry Kane (25) having scored more across Europe’s top five leagues.
The Argentine made history last week after becoming the first Serie A player to score four goals as a substitute, during Inter’s 4-0 win over Salernitana. Martinez was introduced shortly into the second half and scored four times in 27 minutes during a record-breaking cameo.
Lautaro Martinez subbed on in the 55th minute when the game was 0-0.
He then scored all four goals in Inter Milan’s 4-0 win 🥶 pic.twitter.com/7MZmJmqJtv
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 30, 2023
He now has 10 goals in Serie A this season and is the early leader in the race for the Capocannoniere award.
1. Serhou Guirassy – Stuttgart (10)
Serhou Guirassy is the shock name leading the way in Europe this season after an explosive start to the campaign for Stuttgart.
Guirassy scored 11 league goals on loan at Stuttgart last season before signing on a permanent basis during the summer, a return he has almost replicated after just SIX games this time around.
The 27-year-old scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick against Mainz last month and equalled Robert Lewandowski’s record for most goals after five top-flight games in Germany (10).
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Stuttgart, on the back of Guirassy’s goal-glut, are second in the Bundesliga.