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Who Will Be The Premier League Top Scorer: The Contenders

With the Premier League set to kick off tonight, there are more top strikers in the league than ever before, at least in terms of monetary value. Big money moves for Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette have seen the top clubs bolstered with more than £200m of talent – but are any of them capable of dethroning the might Harry Kane.

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Kane netted a massive 29 league goals last campaign at a brilliant rate of 87 minutes per goal. With 65% of the Englishman’s shots hitting the target, despite all of the money spent, can any of the new boys take the golden boot away from Tottenham’s main man? For me Kane still have to be the favourite and SportNation.com are offering tempting odds of 4/1 for Kane to top the Premier League goal scoring charts.

Romelu Lukaku is surely positioned best to challenge Kane, he’s already settled in the Premier League and with a hugely talented midfield behind him, Lukaku is likely to get on the end of a lot of United attacks. He was runner-up to Kane last season with 25 league goals, but with a stronger team behind him the Belgian international will be looking to justify his huge price tag and go one better this time around.

Arsenal’s big summer acquisition Alexandre Lacazette showed glimpses of his quality in the Community Shield and if he settles in the Frenchman will have every chance if Arsenal can get back to their best and Mesut Ozil can create the amount of chances we know he can. He’s consistently scored over 20 league goals in Ligue 1, but the Premier League is a different ball game, so I expect him to drop just short.

Alvaro Morata has been the headline move for Chelsea so far this summer, but it looks as if the Spaniard may take a little time to adjust to life in England.

Liverpool are unlikely to have a player that will challenge the likes of Kane for the golden boot, but what they do have is several sources of goals. The addition of Mohammed Salah has only added to their already strong attacking options which already include the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. With all of these options and if the club can keep hold of Coutinho, they may be worth a flutter on SportNation.bet, with huge odds of 20/1 on Liverpool to win the league on offer.

Manchester City are my personal favourites to win the league and if Gabriel Jesus continues to be preferred to Sergio Aguero as the clubs central strikers, then I can see the young Brazilian being right up there in the golden boot race. The amount of midfield quality he will have behind him will see him have plenty of opportunities to score. De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, the creative options just go on and on and that is what makes Jesus my wildcard to be top scorer this time around.

If Man City Lose This Superstar, Is This Ace A Ready-Made Replacement?

Manchester City endured a transitional season under the guidance of Pep Guardiola this summer and the Catalan boss will complete a major squad overhaul this year.

The Citizens have already confirmed Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Gael Clichy are on their way out, whilst the likes of Joe Hart, Aaron Mooy and Fabian Delph could follow.

Of the names linked with an exit, the future of Sergio Aguero remains a pressing concern for the majority of Manchester City fans as it would be a bold move from the club and could come back to haunt them.

Gabriel Jesus’ explosive start at Manchester City has left Aguero’s first-team spot under threat and the Citizens look like they may cope without their starring Argentine. However, the second-half of the season has seen speculation that Aguero could leave reduce significantly.

Should a new striker arrive though, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Aguero is moved away from the Etihad Stadium and we asked our team whether they can see the South American leaving and whether Gabriel Jesus is ready to take the mantle as their leading forward.

Shane Burns (@MediaShaneBurns)

Aguero leaving was – and still is – a story which gathered momentum by the press because the out-of-form Argentine was dropped by his manager. The striker has been in devastating form since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus and his best years have certainly been rekindled, with the duo playing alongside each other more frequently, a partnership rather than a rivalry is developing between the two and being expertly guided by Pep Guardiola.

Jesus is earmarked as the long-term replacement for Aguero when he does decide to leave in 2019, but needing only 11 goals to become City’s all-time leading scorer, don’t expect Guardiola to call a halt on his six-year City career anytime soon.

Tom Scholes (@TomScholes316)

All signs are pointing towards Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City in the summer, and with how Pep Guardiola sets his sides up, you can see why. Let’s admit it, Aguero isn’t the player he used to be due to his previous injuries, and Pep requires a high intensity press from his forwards for the majority of games. Maybe Aguero doesn’t have it in him anymore to work in a Pep style of play, but Gabriel Jesus certainly does and he’s being touted as the replacement to Aguero.

Jesus certainly has the potential to be as good as Aguero, but to heap so much pressure on someone so young could be very damaging. The Brazilian would need help from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane to really do some damage in the Premier League.

Sam Cox (@SamRCox_)

Sergio Aguero will stay. Should he not, however, Gabriel Jesus is a more than able deputy.

The fearsome thing for City’s rivals, though, is the prospect of this dazzling City attack having Aguero and Jesus fully fit for a full season along with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.

Josh Challies (@Challies11)

Sergio Aguero will certainly see his playing time reduced next season but it’s difficult to envisage him leaving Manchester City this summer. If he does leave before his contract ends in 2019, expect the move to take place after next summer’s World Cup.

Gabriel Jesus is a top-quality player and should shine for many years to come with Manchester City. However, putting so much faith into a youngster just months after his arrival is a dangerous game and he could crack under the pressure if Aguero leaves.

With Jesus and Aguero, City boast two of the best strikers in the league and if Pep Guardiola can mould them into a dynamic partnership, then the rest of the division will be left quaking in their boots.

How Good Is Manchester City’s £27million Summer Signing? We Analyse

Manchester City have officially confirmed the signing of Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus for a fee of £27 million from Brazilian club Palmeiras, the exciting youngster has signed a five-year-deal with the club but will stay in his native country with Palmeiras until January 2017. Pep Guaridola’s era is in full flow and the former Blaugrana manager has signed some of the most promising talent in world football. We have already covered what the German sensation Leroy Sane will bring to the club, so I take a look at how Jesus will fit into the squad from 2017, and what he will bring to the Etihad Stadium.

Individual Brilliance

The Blues won the race for the 19-year-old’s signature fighting off competition from Spanish giants Barcelona which in itself is considered a major achievement and just shows what one phone call from Guardiola can do. The new Blues boss is known for having a young squad and has certainly injected youth into the ageing City squad. Experts in Brazil can barely contain their excitement when talking about Jesus, saying the sky is the limit, he is the most exciting youngster to come out of Brazil since Neymar. But, why? The versatile winger can play along the forward line in any position and has elegant style to his play which influences in him oozing brilliance.

Jesus, like compatriot Brazilian star Gabigol have quite high expectations coming out of Brazil and both players will soon find themselves playing in Europe, the comparisons for both players are obvious, the press have gone straight to Barcelona star Neymar, which is almost inevitable.

Jesus possesses magnificent artistic style in his play, his positioning for someone so young is superb and he always wants to put himself in goal-scoring positions, although his stature is quite weak, he is certainly a warrior which of course comes with the “street football” he has adapted from South America, a warrior on the ball and will fight for it if needs be, something Guardiola will be happy with, especially given the physicality of the Premier League.

The youngster comes to England with massive expectations with a high price tag too, but I feel he will thrive from it, a natural born true goal-scorer, possessing beautiful skills with end product is something the youngster has mastered with ease, and being of thin, light stature that certainly hasn’t stopped his progression in his early career.

His versatility will be a huge plus for City, as mentioned; his best position is playing from the left of midfield in a 4-3-3 but has also just moved into a centre forward position, where he is also showing very impressive performances.

Not all wingers have a good goal to game ratio, but this is another strength the youngster will bring, Jesus has scored 15 in 19 games to date this year and will look to improve his impressive record with the Brazilians whilst on loan there until January.

The new City man boasts supremacy, often using his quick feet and trickery to mock defenders, his style of majestic foot work and step overs, followed by rolling the ball to each foot before send his opponent elsewhere is illustrious.

Not just a goal-scorer, a creator too, using his hawk eye vision with admirable passes with different techniques, outside the foot, no look pass, you name it Jesus has tried it, and often rather than not succeeded.

Not every modern day winger has exquisite vision and often the number 10’s will take that into their path, but this is another trait Jesus carries, his awareness to pick out his team-mates and play pin point passes is quite unique for someone so premature.

He is also fearless; not intimidated in a head to head battle with his opponent, whether they are big and strong or quick.

Concerns

Like most, the major concern is how he will cope with demands of the Premier League, although he has shown great fighting ability, English football is like no other and it could be a concern for Manchester City, especially as Jesus is just 19-years-old.

Raheem Sterling can be deemed selfish by some, this could also be assumed because of Jesus’s style of play at times, he is still very early on in his career and like most flair players, he wants to showcase his abilities, but in a Guardiola styled team, he’ll soon become a good team player and drop the solo attitude.

A concern could certainly be taking the jump and leaving Brazil too early, for example, Neymar waited until he was 21-years-old and guaranteed game time before moving to Barcelona were he has become one of the best players in the world, the attacker’s progression will only resume by playing regularly and at a club like City, his development has been rapid and taking the jump so early, the Blues may not be able to guarantee such game time demands.

What the experts say

The Brazilian sensation is the best talent coming out of Brazil, experts in South America say, known for his work ethic, speed, technical alibies and more. The former Brazilian king Ronaldo has hailed him for future success not only at club level, but nationally too.

The legend said “I am a fan of his, I watch him and I see myself when I was younger, I see the similarities. He is very young and already has had a lot of success and so much responsibility; he has a footballing career ahead of him. We are already loving what he is doing”.

Another impressed with the star attraction is Palmeiras under-17 coach Bruno Petri.

“He will become a major player in Brazilian football, and also the Selecao, if they have patience, he is a boy who is easy to speak with and work with and who is different to the others in the question of training, always giving more than 100 per cent.”

Where will he fit in at City?

Guardiola has opted with a 4-2-3-1 system in pre-season thus far, the formation used may be the same formation they will use in the new season but there is still time for testers before the Premier League kicks off.

When Jesus arrives once the season has finished in Brazil, I feel he will play wide left in the three behind the striker, but as mentioned can be used in all front four positions which will give Guardiola plenty of options.

The Brazilian international will bring a very good offensive option for City, deploying him where he is needed but will certainly hurt teams in either position he plays, he is joining the side half way through the season and may not walk into the first team, especially if the likes of Sane, Nolito and Sterling all hit fine form.

City have landed themselves one of the most exciting prospects in world football and in time he will become an effective key player for them, although he may not light up the scene straight away, he is a player the City faithful should be a very enthusiastic about, under the majestic Guardiola, he could become one of the best wide players in the world.