Every Premier League season is remembered for the uncovering of a goal-scoring machine. Last season it was Jamie Vardy, the season before Harry Kane. There are many candidates for which striker will be the revelation of the 2016-2017 season. On the eve of the season, we dissect the strikers who may take this season by storm. They include:
A product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, Gray scored 23 goals in the Championship for Burnley last season, and comes in to the league of the back of some great pre-season form. It will always be difficult in a newly-promoted side, however he will hope to replicate the exploits of Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers from a few seasons back. On 21 August 2015, Gray joined Championship side Burnley on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee – believed to be a club-record £6m deal, and he will look to live up to this price tag in 2016-2017.
Wilson, of Bournemouth, was just starting to find some prolific goal-scoring form last season before an injury saw him miss the best part of 6 months last campaign. Rejuvenated, he will look to recapture that form and spur the Cherries on bigger and better things. Wilson has played 52 times in total for Bournemouth, scoring an impressive 25 goals in the process, at nearly a goal every other game. He certainly doesn’t look out of place in the Premier League, and will look to make himself comfortable from the get-go.
Llorente, a world cup winner with Spain, has arrived in south Wales on a two-year deal. His career has faded of late, as he spent last season playing a backup role to Kevin Gameiro at Sevilla, having previously spent the majority of the proceeding season at Juventus. If he can rediscover his form from early seasons at Athletic, he will prove a nightmare for any defense. He scored 29 goals for Bilbao in all competitions in the 2011–12 season, a number which if he could recreate at Swansea could see him near the top of the goal scorers charts in 2016-2017.
Negredo is vastly more experienced than any of the previous players on this list, having spent two seasons at Manchester City between 2013 and 2015. Making 32 appearances in this stint, he scored 9 goals. This is a decent return considering quite a few caps came from off the bench, as he was playing second-fiddle to prolific Argentinian Sergio Aguero. Playing for newly-promoted side Middlesbrough, he will look too get off to a good start, and bag enough goals to see him towards the business end of the goal scorers chart.
With Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane leaving Southampton this transfer window, the scene is set for Austin to lead the line for the Saints under new boss Claude Puel. Austin set the Premier League alight in his inaugural season, scoring 18 goals for relegated QPR. In total, he played 82 times for the Rangers, scoring a total of 45 goals, a great return. If he can recapture this sort of form, and cement a place in the starting 11, there is no reason why Austin cannot finish the season with 15+ goals. A partnership with the pacey Shane Long could become one to be feared in the Premier League.