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Our top 10 Premier League strikers this season

by Josh Powell | November 23, 2012

10. Nikica Jelavic

While Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar have been given all the plaudits for Everton’s uncharacteristically strong start to the season, Nikica Jelavic has been doing what he does best, hitting the back of the net. The Croatian has five goals to his name including a brace against Southampton and the winner at home to Sunderland.

9. Olivier Giroud

Many Arsenal fans were left wondering who would fill the gaping hole left by Robin Van Persie. Olivier Giroud was tipped to be the answer but six games into the campaign and the £13million man still hadn’t found the onion bag. Luckily the 26-year-old has found his scoring boots and with three goals in Arsenal’s last two games, has taken his tally up to four.

8. Demba Ba

Demba Ba was in red-hot form last year bagging 16 goals in 34 games and he hasn’t stopped this season. The Senegalese striker has notched up five goals in just eight appearances including braces against Everton and Reading, and is Newcastle’s leading man up top.

7. Shane Long

The Irishman may not always be Giovanni Trapattoni’s first choice up front but the striker has been influential in helping West Brom up to the dizzy heights of the top four. His work ethic and willingness to work the flanks make him a nightmare for defenders and he’s chipped in with four goals as well.

6. Rickie Lambert

If Southampton are to avoid relegation they have to stop shipping goals because they have plenty of firepower to survive. Rickie Lambert scored 48 goals in 87 league games to help Saints to a double promotion and has adjusted to the step up to the top flight. The striker has five goals to his name and scored against both Man United and ManCity already this year.

5. Dimitar Berbatov

After only making five league starts for Manchester United last year Berbatov moved to Fulham and has shown his critics exactly what he can do. He’s never going to be the fastest in a sprint and he’s not going to track back, but he will produce moments of class that will win a game. The Bulgarian has five goals in eight games and is a key part of Martin Jol’s side.

4. Steven Fletcher

Transfer Koala Bear wasn’t the only one shocked to hear Sunderland had paid £12million for Steven Fletcher in the summer. It seemed like a ridiculous price for the striker who had just been relegated with Wolves. But he’s proved everybody wrong in a big way. With Sunderland playing some of the worst football ever seen, Fletcher has banged in 60 per cent of his team’s goals to somehow keep them out of the bottom three.

3. Edin Dzeko

Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have been grabbing all the headlines for Manchester City but Edin Dzeko is the man with the golden touch. Mainly used off the bench by Mancini he’s racked up six goals including late winners against West Brom, Tottenham and Fulham. With a goal every 67 minutes he’s on the pitch, Dzeko is the league’s hottest striker.

2. Robin Van Persie

RVP moved to Manchester United with a bad back after spending a long, hard season carrying the Arsenal team. Little did he know he’d be doing the same at Old Trafford. With United’s defence being leakier than the Titanic, Van Persie has been relied upon to produce the goods. He’s delivered emphatically with eight to his name including his first United hat-trick.

1. Luis Suarez

Without the goals from Luis Suarez, Liverpool would be sat in the relegation zone on a measly eight points and Brendan Rodgers would likely be front of the queue at the job centre. Suarez has been in red-hot form this year with ten league goals and has single-handedly kept Rodgers employed.

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