With the Premier League title race finally settled, microscopes are now turned towards the individuals and where a squad can be improved. Speaking of individuals, while there have been clear winners in the category of best defender and midfielder in John Terry and Eden Hazard, there has not been a like consensus with regards to who is the Premier League’s best striker.
Sergio Aguero was right up there with Luis Suarez last season as he took City to their second PL crown, and much was expected of him this season as well. Diego Costa came to the Premier League from the La Liga on the back of two impressive seasons. Harry Kane was on the reserves as the season began. So how did it go for each of the three strikers?
The Manchester City ace had another stellar season as he is the odds-on favorite to win the Golden Boot with 22 league goals. He has scored many goals, like the winner against Tottenham this weekend, that have turned a dull City performance into three points. He will be crucial for a City squad that is expected to undergo a massive overhaul and it is expected that the squad will be built around him.
He is as good as a matchwinner there is, but sadly, he remains injury prone. His loss of form until recent weeks was also a cause of worry for City who found themselves slip to fourth place from once being level on points with Chelsea on New Year’s day.
The maverick. The beast. He is the English media’s new darling as Chelsea’s combative forward has had a scintillating season that has seen him be in the media spotlight for all sorts of reasons – both good and bad. He has the highest number of open-play goals in the Premier League this season and had he not had his dream run halted by a string of hamstring injuries and suspension, he would have given Aguero a better run for his money in the race for the Golden Boot.
Apart from his goalscoring abilities, he also brings character to a young Chelsea side. Also, his link-ups with Hazard and Fabregas have been a treat to watch. With a good rest in the summer, expect a fully fit Costa to come in next season and be a pain in the rear for defences in true Costa style.
He is the new sensation and boy wonder of English football. Starting the season as third choice behind Soldado and Adebayor, he took his chances in the cup games so well that Pochettino was forced to play him ahead of the other established strikers. He has displayed pinpoint sniper-like precision in his finishing and was the key factor when Spurs took apart the to-be Champions Chelsea on New Year’s Day.
Will he continue his rich vein of form into the next season? While that question will surely remain, he has displayed enough flashes of maturity and the sense that his reading of the game is top-notch, that he will only get better with time. He also had a terrific England debut, scoring within two minutes of being brought on, and he will look to add to his International caps.
So who do you think has been the best striker in the Premier League? Has it been the Golden Boot leader Aguero or the complete Costa having his first season? Or is it the youthfulness of Kane that has triumphed, having a similar goals output despite playing for an inferior team? Let your thoughts be known in the comments. In any case, next season will be a treat as each of these players get better and fitter and put their mark on the Premier League.
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