It’s been a strange start to the season in the Premier League, but amidst all the madness, the usual suspects have continued to find the back of the net.
Each campaign an unexpected player goes on a hot streak – be that Teemu Pukki last term or perhaps Patrick Bamford this year – in which they simply can’t stop scoring, before they inevitably suffer a dry spell.
However, while those early season wonders usually falter, the big boys of the Premier League continue to deliver, with season after season of relentless goalscoring to the delight of fantasy football managers around the world.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five players who’ve been the most prolific in the top-flight since August 2019:
Harry Kane – 24 Goals
Despite missing a large chunk of last season, the Tottenham striker still makes his way onto this list largely due to his electric form at the start of the current campaign.
The 27-year-old has perhaps been the most impressive performer in the league so far this season, having netted six times and recorded eight assists in just seven Premier League games, a truly remarkable set of statistics.
Manager Jose Mourinho will no doubt be praying that the England captain can remain fit, with Spurs having suffered a real drop in form when the striker was absent last season. Kane missed nine of his side’s league fixtures last term, yet still managed to record a respectable 18 league goals for the campaign as Spurs finished in an underwhelming sixth place.
There will be hopes that Mourinho’s men can do far better this year and potentially even challenge for the title, with their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United earlier this season a real statement of intent at Jose’s former stomping ground.
Kane netted twice in that match, yet it’s been his all-round game that has impressed many this season, particularly his breathtaking passing display in the 5-2 win over Southampton back in September, with the Englishman providing a staggering four assists for teammate Heung-Min Son.
If he can continue to supply others and score himself, Spurs fans should be very excited, while Premier League defences should be very worried.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 24 Goals
Tied with Kane on 24 Goals since last August, the Gabon international is an unsurprising inclusion on the list having been a prolific marksmen since his arrival at the Emirates back in 2018.
What has been a surprise, however, is that the former Borussia Dortmund man has netted just two this term, after suffering a mini-goal drought that came to an end with his well-taken penalty in the 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend.
That ‘drought’ in fairness only lasted five league games, but it was his longest stretch without a league goal since 2014 and not quite the form many Gunners fans had hoped for after seeing the 31-year-old sign a new deal at the club this summer.
With Aubameyang now predominantly playing off the left in Arteta’s 3-4-3 system, the goals will no doubt be harder to come by, although that didn’t seem to be an issue in Arsenal’s excellent FA Cup semi-final and final performances at the back-end of last season, with the forward coming off the left to devastating effect against both Manchester City and Chelsea, respectively.
What’s going wrong so far this season is unclear, but Arteta has expressed his desire to make his team a free-flowing, high-scoring team, which Aubameyang will surely be central too. In truth, one factor that will have stifled his attacking output his is excellent and almost unexpected work rate, with it now common to see him defending his own box more than attacking his opponents.
Surely the Spaniard will want to get his star man further up the pitch because, as we all know, he’s extremely lethal when he gets the chance.
Mohamed Salah – 26 Goals
Speaking of lethal, the man in third on this list is arguably the most consistent goalscorer of the last few years, having scored 82 Premier League goals in just three and a bit seasons since his return to English football.
His most recent full season was his lowest scoring campaign thus far despite Liverpool coasting to the title, with the Egyptian netting a still impressive 19 league goals, four behind golden boot winner Jamie Vardy.
Perhaps that ‘low’ scoring season for the wideman has spurred him on, as the 28-year-old has started this term in electric form, netting seven from his opening seven games. That superb run included a ruthless hat-trick in the 4-3 win over Leeds United on the opening day, with Salah demonstrating his ability to find the net with explosive power.
With the influential figure of Virgil Van Dijk now on the sidelines, Salah may have to raise his game even higher to cover any potential mishaps that may occur over the coming months. That being said, the early signs without the big Dutchman have been promising, with both Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Willams slotting in with ease when called upon.
Perhaps we’ll see the Liverpool of a few seasons ago in which they covered their defensive cracks with relentless attacking football. If that is the case, expect Salah to get a few more than last season’s total of 19 goals.
Danny Ings – 27 Goals
The Southampton man just edges his former Liverpool teammate having hit 27 league goals since the start of last season, despite much of those coming in a side that was struggling at the wrong end of the table.
While the Saints may find themselves top of the table at present after a superb start to the season, this time last year there very real fears that they may be heading down, while manager Ralph Hassenhuttl was fearing for his job – particularly after that embarrassing 9-0 defeat to Leicester City just over a year ago.
To the club’s credit they stood by their manager and since then the improvement has been startling, with Ings the major driving force in his side’s rebirth having scored 22 league goals last season, a feat only bettered by fellow Englishman Vardy.
This term Ings has started in a similar vein, netting five in just seven games, including a wicked effort in Southampton’s 4-3 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
Such form will be even more enjoyable for the 28-year-old after his unfortunate spell at Anfield, in which he cruelly suffered ACL injuries to both his knees.
To his credit, the former Burnley man has gone away and proven he’s one of the top strikers in the league, while he’s now firmly in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts with England.
Ings suffered another knee injury against Villa, although it is not as serious as first feared and it has been confirmed he will miss just over a month of action. If he can continue his recent run of form once he returns who knows where the Saints can go this season.
Jamie Vardy – 30 Goals
By now everyone will know the story of Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise from non-league football to Premier League champion, but it is worth remembering that just eight years ago the forward was playing non-League with Fleetwood Town.
That story of a player rising through the divisions to become an England international and a title winner resonates with most in football, but it’s perhaps time to put that to bed and just recognise that Vardy is now a Premier League great, not just the guy who brought Skittles Vodka to the masses.
Since his top tier debut in 2014, the Englishman has scored 110 top-flight goals, a record that places him ahead of the likes of Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dennis Bergkamp on the all-time scorers list.
While we’ll always remember the spiky haired Vardy terrorising defences during that sensational 2015/16 season, the modern day Vardy is perhaps an even greater threat – and one that doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Vardy has gone to a new level, with the now retired England international picking up the Premier League Golden Boot last year with 23 goals, becoming the oldest ever player to win the award at the ripe old age of 33.
That form has spilled over unsurprisingly this term, with Vardy netting seven in seven, including a hat-trick against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the 5-2 thrashing at the end of September.
Leicester looked well placed to be successful in this unpredictable season, and Vardy will undoubtedly be central to everything they do.