As the Euros comes to an end, and with the new season on the horizon, we take a look at five strikers that could take the Premier League by storm next season.
1 – Zlatan Ibrahimović
The Red Devils landed one of Europe’s deadliest strikers this summer after announcing the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimović. The prolific goal-scorer will take the Premier League by storm next season and we take a look at what to expect from the 6ft 5′ man.
Ibrahimovic brings many different aspects to his game, one thing that stands out about the Swedish international is his hold up play, his first touch is astounding and his ability to hold off defenders and bring his teammates into play is something United players will feed off. Standing over 6ft, he often has a physical battle on his hands each game, something that he thrives off. There is no doubt Ibrahimovic is a number 9, one of the best in the world, he is technically gifted but not just a goal scorer, the veteran striker can often create chances and contributes to build up play and puts through killer passes.
The goal scoring machine can also play as target man which just shows the variation to his game.
Tactically, Ibrahimović is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, although he is most often deployed as a striker, or as a creative supporting forward, which allows him to provide assists for team mates. Ibrahimovic can score almost any kind of goal, he is a dominating force in the box, can score tap ins, headers or has even been known to score extraordinary bicycle kicks.
Some suggest Ibrahimovic will struggle in the Premier League and that he’s getting too old to play at the top level, but at 34 his goal ratio is still incredible, he played 122 league games in four years for PSG and scored 113 goals, which proves just why he is one of Europe’s best. The exceptional striker scored 1.34 goals per 90 minutes last season which is utterly flawless, a stat like this just shows why he is mentioned amongst the likes of Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski. Ibrahimovic can also create chances for his teammates; he managed 1.59 per 90 last season which led to him bagging himself 0.46 assists.
We take a look at how he compares with United’s current number one striker, Anthony Martial. Ibrahimovic has had a prolific season and managed to score 1.34 goals per 90 minutes compared to Martial who only managed 0.39. Ibrahimovic doesn’t just score goals and has also created 1.59 chances which is just ahead of Martial (1.24). Ibrahimovic scores a very impressive 60% when it comes to shot accuracy with Martial behind on 57%.
Ibrahimovic will bring the fear factor back to the Theatre of Dreams, his presence alone will be a huge positive for the United squad. I expect him to be brilliant in his debut campaign and push United for the title, where they belong.