This weekend, it all begins. We are set to lift the lid on nine months of excruciating, jaw dropping extravagant football in the Premier League. There will moments of absolute madness, redemption and compelling story lines among the most entertaining football on this planet. Over the course of the campaign, the top 20 teams of England’s Premier League elite will battle it out for the title.
Here are my list of top five strikers who I believe could leave an everlasting impression this campaign:
5. Wilfried Bony: Swansea City went all out to sneak a deal for this Ivorian with a £12million cash splurge from Dutch Club, Vitesse Arnhem. Last season, Bony scored an astonishing 31 times from 30 starts, which was nothing short of prolific in the goalscoring charts. In preseason, Bony has already developed an understanding with Michu and this might just be the beginning of the Swansea partnership that will pay them dividends this year. If both Michu and Bony are on form this season, expect the Swansea flag to be soaring high above the Liberty Stadium.
4. Matej Vydra: West Bromwich Albion performed out of their skin last campaign and much of that credit goes to manager Steve Clarke for handling the team that was thin in terms of squad strength, but not short of firepower up front. Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea last season, was a massive success and singlehandedly revamped the Baggies frontline. In Matej Vydra, West Brom won’t get what Lukaku offered but Clarke knows best. This Czech youngster has speed to burn, is phenomenal on the turn and possesses superb vision. Expect him to light up the season. And if West Brom are to emulate their exploits from last campaign, expect Vydra to be in the thick of things.
3. Stevan Jovetic: It was expected that Manchester City would splash the cash and break the bank to avenge their lost title from Manchester United. This former Fiorentina striker cost Manchester City £22million, but he is worth every penny. It’s expected that he will play on the left behind Alvaro Negredo or Sergio Aguero in City’s attack. He will certainly fill the holes left by the departures of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
2. Jozy Altidore: Sunderland have bought themselves a goal machine. The American failed to make an impact in the 2009-10 season with Hull City, so he’ll be looking for redemption under Italian manager Paolo Di Canio. He comes on the brink of a splendid season with AZ Alkmaar. There is a lot of expectation on his shoulders both in Sunderland and across the pond.
1. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel: Norwich City have had a tremendous splurge in the transfer market this summer, adding the likes of Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper to bolster the side’s attacking prowess. Expect Norwich City to make a statement of intent this season with the Dutch pairing of Leroy Fer and Wolfswinkel.