Ollie Watkins continued his fine form with a match-winning performance against Newcastle last weekend, with the Aston Villa forward’s recent performances having inspired a push for Europe.
Watkins’ goals have seen him move into contention for an England recall, emerging as one of the most productive players in the Premier League since the turn of the new year.
We’ve looked at the Premier League players with the most goal involvements in 2023.
Solly March – 10
Rewind a few months and Brighton fans would have laughed if there had been a suggestion that Solly March would feature on this list.
March, a fine footballer no doubt, had symbolised Brighton’s previous inability to turn good football into consistent end product.
Until he didn’t.
When March scored his first Premier League goal of the season on Boxing Day, it ended a run of 766 days and 62 shots without scoring. Since then he’s found his goalscoring groove, with seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season making this – comfortably – the most productive campaign of his career and sparking talk of an England call up. He has six goals and four assists in 2023.
Solly, Solly March! 🎶 @BrightonTools 📺 pic.twitter.com/c9DRZQncmd
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) February 11, 2023
Bukayo Saka – 10
Arsenal’s ‘star boy’ continues to shine for the Premier League leaders, who have exceeded all expectations this season to mount a challenge for the title.
Mikel Arteta’s team have been a fantastic watch for much of the campaign, none more so than Saka, who has evolved into one of the Premier League’s most effective attacking talents. Saka has scored 12 goals and provided a further 10 assists this season and the 21-year-old is the only player in the division to have reached double figures on each metric.
A sensational strike ⚡️@BukayoSaka87 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Zb2ZhBlNNs
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 23, 2023
Erling Haaland and Harry Kane are the only Premier League players to have been directly involved in more goals than Saka this season, with 10 of his goal involvements having come in 2023.
He has been involved in 10 goals in 15 appearances this calendar year, a return which has helped Arsenal remain on top of the division. The Gunners are four points ahead of Manchester City, having played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side, ahead of Friday’s clash with Southampton.
Gabriel Martinelli – 10
Gabriel Martinelli has formed part of Arsenal’s exciting forward line alongside Saka this season, in a campaign which has seen the 21-year-old emerge as one of Europe’s most exciting young attackers.
Martinelli has scored 14 league goals for the Gunners this season and is the highest scoring Brazilian across Europe’s top five leagues.
He has hit seven goals in his last nine Premier League appearances for the table-toppers, who are set to enter a definitive period in their push for a first league title since 2003/04.
🗣️ "I'm not surprised." 📈
Mikel Arteta on the evolution of Gabriel Martinelli at Arsenal pic.twitter.com/nRSm7l9Vjw
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 14, 2023
Marcus Rashford – 10
Gareth Southgate is blessed with an abundance of exciting options right now, with Marcus Rashford having been in inspired form since returning from the World Cup with England.
Rashford has 10 goal involvements in 13 league appearances in 2023, while has added a further 12 goals and assists in cup competition and Europe since January 1 alone.
Rashford’s return this season is best of his club career so far, having scored 28 goals in all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s side. The 25-year-old is the leading scorer in the Europa League and has 15 goals in the Premier League, just two short of his personal best (17) set in 2019/20.
👉👑#MUFC || #LEEMUN pic.twitter.com/kN8j61AhBr
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 12, 2023
After a difficult period that saw Rashford struggle for fitness and form last season, his performances this season have delighted those at Old Trafford.
Mohamed Salah – 11
It’s been far from a vintage season for Liverpool, who after chasing an unprecedented quadruple into the final stages of last season have suffered a sharp decline.
Mohamed Salah has occasionally been a bright spark in an otherwise troubled season for the Reds, who have mixed performances of ruthless attacking football with a defensive fragility and disappointing defeats.
Enjoy every angle of that brilliant Reds breakaway ⏱️⚡@MoSalah’s 26th goal of the season, presented by @Sonos 🎥 pic.twitter.com/bby4ADneXe
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2023
Salah has 11 goal involvements since the turn of the new year and seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances, a run which has seen the Egyptian reach 15+ league goals for a sixth straight season at Liverpool.
Harry Kane – 11
Harry Kane ranks third for goal involvements this calendar year with his goals having kept alive Tottenham’s hopes of securing Champions League football.
It’s been a record-breaking season for Kane, who passed Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time record goalscorer in February, before moving past Wayne Rooney’s England record during March’s international fixtures.
Kane 🔗 Son
Oh how we've missed this 💙 pic.twitter.com/VdFDVWOuqF
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 5, 2023
The 29-year-old has joined Rooney and Alan Shearer as the only players to have scored 200+ Premier League goals, with the latter’s divisional record now within sight.
Kane will face a major decision on his future this summer, regardless of whether Spurs secure a top four finish. The England captain will have just 12 months on his contract in north London and must decide whether he feels elusive team silverware can be achieved at Spurs.
Erling Haaland – 13
Few will be surprised to see the name Erling Haaland near the top of this particular list, following a season in which the Manchester City forward has sent records tumbling.
Haaland has scored a staggering 48 goals in just 41 appearances across all competitions, with his brace against Leicester last weekend equalling the Premier League record for a single season (32) set by Mohamed Salah in 2017/18.
A record-equalling 32nd #PL goal of the season for @ErlingHaaland 🤩 @ManCity pic.twitter.com/u7VCsfFchq
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 19, 2023
With eight league games still to go, Haaland could obliterate that record and add another goalscoring feat to a collection which seems to swell with each performance.
Haaland’s arrival was viewed as the addition to turn Manchester City into Champions League winners. On current form, Pep Guardiola’s side will be difficult to stop in any competition.
Ollie Watkins – 14
Aston Villa are pushing for a place in Europe next season with Ollie Watkins spearheading the club’s charge under Unai Emery.
Watkins has been in brilliant form in recent weeks and has 14 goal involvements in 2023 alone, while it’s now 16 goals and assists in 17 appearances under Emery.
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬/𝟮𝟭: 14 goals, 5 assists
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭/𝟮𝟮: 11 goals, 2 assists
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮/𝟮𝟯: 14 goals, 6 assists 🆕
Ollie Watkins’ 19th and 20th goal involvements in the @PremierLeague this season. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/VTxbCauS0e
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 17, 2023
No player has been involved in more goals since the turn of the year and it’s now the most productive season of Watkins’ Premier League career.
The 27-year-old will hope to have done enough to earn an England recall. Watkins has not featured for the Three Lions since scoring in a friendly win over Ivory Coast 13 months ago, but on current form should be a shoo-in for this summer’s internationals.
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