The best Premier League players this season: Forwards
Remember when questions were asked about whether Salah would be a one-season wonder? The Egyptian is at the peak of his powers this season, with every appearance seemingly a guaranteed goal. He is the Premier League’s top scorer, has more shots per game than anyone and is also in the top four of the assists table. No matter who was the best forward in the first few months, he is currently the best player in the division, and possibly the world.
This year’s competition for the Premier League Golden Shoe is far from a formality, however. Jamie Vardy has equaled Salah’s number of goals in the league and continues to challenge those wondering when age might slow him down. At 34, Vardy looks as fresh as ever, excelling despite a tough start for Leicester.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio was instrumental in David Moyes’ revolution, sending the club back to Europe last season and retaining that form early in it with five league goals already. With Antonio’s pace and power, the Hammers could soon establish themselves as the annual European qualifiers. Only Salah has had more shots than Antonio this season.
And then there is Cristiano Ronaldo. It didn’t take Ronaldo to justify United’s desire to find him, nor to demonstrate his predatory instincts. Ronaldo is more of a six-yard poacher these days, his uncanny ability to find space in crowded penalty areas will certainly put him at the top of the goalscoring table at the end of the season.
Beyond the title race and European places, Brentford’s Ivan Toney has been a revolutionary star of the new Premier League season, edging Romelu Lukaku in the vote count of our correspondents.
Toney has only scored two league goals so far, but his overall impact characterizes Brentford’s enterprising approach – no quarterback given, regardless of the esteem of his opponents.