Ten of the most prolific strikers in Europe’s top five leagues in the 2020/21 season
Ligalive takes a look at ten of the most prolific strikers in Europe’s top five leagues in the 2020/21 season.
Ligalive has compared the goal-per-minute ratios of players across Europe to come up with this list of the deadliest forwards across the continent's top five leagues .
More than a few forwards have enjoyed breathtaking starts to the 2020/21 season. Some of them have propelled their sides to the top of their respective domestic leagues. Others have been able to help their clubs maintain their momentum in the race for the title.
With this in mind, let's look at the ten most prolific strikers in Europe this season:
10) Niclas Fullkrug, Werder Bremen: 90 minutes per goal
The 27-year-old Werder Bremen forward might not be a household name across Europe. But he has been setting the Bundesliga alight with his performances this season. Fullkrug has notched 4 goals in only four Bundesliga starts and has helped his side stay within touching distance of European places.
9) Jamie Vardy, Leicester City: 90 minutes per goal
Jamie Vardy is once again having a party. The Leicester City striker hasn't played as much this season as he'd have liked, but his match-winner against Arsenal before the international break – which he scored after coming on from the bench – left no doubts in anyone's mind that he's still got it.
8) Sam Lammers, Atalanta: 68 minutes per goal
Playing for one of the most free-scoring teams in the continent does have its benefits. More so if you're a striker in that side. Lammers isn't the first choice striker of Piero Gasperini, but he has still managed to score 2 Serie A goals in 6 appearances, five of which have come off the bench.
7) Lucas Alario, Bayer Leverkusen: 67 minutes per goal
The 28-year-old Argentina striker is having the season of his life. He has scored as many goals in six German top-flight appearances this season (7) that Alario managed in the whole of the last campaign. Bayer are reaping the benefit of their striker's top form and sit just three points off leaders Bayern Munich.The fact that it is the French World Cup winner who has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Ligue 1 won't surprise anyone. PSG paid big bucks to Monaco to land Mbappe's signature in 2017 and, three Ligue 1 titles and 1 Champions League final later, he's giving them good returns on their investment.
5) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan : 56 minutes per goal
The 39 – yes, THIRTY-NINE – year old Swede has managed to reinvent himself in Italy. Zlatan has scored eight goals in only five Serie A games to help Stefano Pioli's side boast a six-point lead over reigning champions Juventus , a colossal feat given Milan trailed Juve by 17 points at the end of last season.
4) Luis Muriel, Atalanta: 54 minutes per goal
Wonder what is it that has allowed Atalanta manager to keep the abovementioned Sam Lammers on the bench? The excellent form shown by the 29-year-old Colombia international. Muriel has scored four Serie A goals in six outings and is currently outdoing Zlatan in terms of goals-per-minute ratio in Serie A.The 35-year-old Portuguese superstar's start to the season was subverted after he was tested positive for COVID-19. His form, however, wasn't infected as the former Real Madrid striker has managed six goals in only four Serie A games to help Juventus keep their push for a 10 th consecutive Scudetto on track.
2) Andrej Kramaric, Hoffenheim: 45 minutes per goal
The Hoffenheim striker is one of only two strikers across Europe who boasts two goals per game. His excellent form may not have helped his side – Hoffenheim are currently ensconced at 13 th in the Bundesliga table – but it has certainly helped the 29-year-old earn an entry on this esteemed list.
1) Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich : 41 minutes per goal
His fans believed that the Poland international was robbed of the Ballon d'Or after the awarding committee decided to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to cancel the annual award. At the rate that he's going, Lewandowski looks set to grab that accolade come the end of this season.