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Top 5 Premier League strikers to look out for this season

From Ronaldo to Haaland, every striker to look out for this season.



Premier League strikers

By Utkarsh Tripathi

With August 6 heralding a new Premier League season, the fortunes of the 20 teams in the League will rest on their players, to be precise, their strikers. Here are the boots to look out for this season:

1.    Erling Haaland

The prodigal wonderkid, who has already made his mark in the Bundesliga by averaging a goal per game in the 2021 Bundesliga season, is expected to be an eyecatcher for Manchester City fans as well as for Premier League fans.

Haaland signed for 51 million Euros for a 5-year contract with Manchester City. This was surprisingly quite a low bargain for someone with his potential and talent. However, the 22-year-old had followed the footsteps of his father Alf-ine Haaland, a former City player, by signing this deal.

The Norwegian striker has maintained a streak of breaking records in his career. In his former stint in Borussia Dortmund, he beat the record of being the fastest as well as being the youngest player to reach the 50 goals mark in the Bundesliga.

The striker is already being compared to the greats, since he became the fastest player to reach 100 career goals beating fellow Phenomenon, Kylian Mbappe. What took Kylian 180 games to achieve; Haaland did it in only 146.

The only doubt that should haunt City fans is how he will fit in with Pep Guardiola’s system, considering his former team.

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2.    Darwin Nunez

Darvin Nunez is a well-built striker, who will pose a problem for defenders in the Premier League. The new Liverpool signing had caught the attention of Klopp when he played and scored against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final, scoring against them in both legs.

The Benfica star was signed for a whopping 85 million Euros for a six-year deal. The Uruguayan is anticipated to be worth the price the club has signed him for. He has shown in his career that he is a man of character and hardwork considering his humble beginnings.

In the 2021 season with Benfica, Nunez had a slow start in which he was only able to score 14 goals in 44 appearances. After picking up an injury in May, he underwent surgery. However, after his comeback, Nunez managed to score a total 26 goals and 4 assists in just 24 appearances.

Nunez left his mark in the Portuguese Primera Liga with his performance in the 2021 season and was awarded the golden boot. The 23-year-old Liverpool star is expected to be the missing piece in Klopp’s system after Sadio Mane’s exit to Bayern Munich. He is already impressing the manager and his fans with his sharpness inside the box in pre-season games.

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3.    Gabriel Jesus

At 25, Gabriel Jesus, the former Manchester city striker, is one of the most unpredictable strikers in the competition. At City, he adapted and flourished under Pep Guardiola’s complex system, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in his previous season.

The Brazilian signed a long-term $ 54 million deal with the Gunners. Coach Mikel Arteta hopes Jesus’s presence could get Arsenal higher up the table.

Jesus has turned heads with his performance in the pre-season tour and the fans high hopes’ will be another pressure factor.

4.    Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling, former Manchester City star, has consistently tallied up double figures, crossing the 20 goal mark every season from 2017 to 2020. He has scored 131 goals for Manchester City, finding place on the team’s all-time top scorer’s list.

The 27-year-old veteran signed a five-year deal for 45 million Euros with Chelsea this year. The English striker and winger was on the Blues’ top priority list as the transfer window opened. He is going to be part of the Chelsea attacking trio, making him a significant part of the team’s plan. With Thomas Tuchel as the manager, it is imagined it won’t be an issue for Sterling to settle.

5.    Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future was uncertain after the lacklustre Manchester United performance the previous season, which made Ronaldo want to leave. Despite the unsatisfactory performance by the club, Ronaldo still managed to find the net 24 times in 34 appearances which made him the recipient of Manchester United’s player of the year award.

The five-time men’s Ballon d’Or award winner shouldn’t be counted out just yet. He is still amongst the top strikers in the world. His return to Manchester United last season made headlines across the world, inspiring fans to attend more matches to support United and also to watch one of the greatest play.

After the Ronaldo’s decision to stay at United was finalized, it is quite possible that he and Erik ten Hag can bring United back to its prime. Ten Hag has time and again told the press how vital Ronaldo is for the system he has planned.

With players coming back from loan such as Antony Martial and Van De Beek and Christian Eriksen as a new signing, it is fitting to say Manchester United are on the right track to atone for their past season. Ronaldo’s stay will compliment the team but “will he press” will continue to plague the Portuguese star.

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FIFA World Cup to begin a day early on November 20, Qatar to take on Ecuador

As per the previous schedule, the FIFA World Cup host Qatar had scheduled to play against Ecuador in the inauguration match on November 21



FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup will begin one day earlier than its official schedule, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) officially announced on Thursday.

The opening match and ceremony of this year’s tournament at Al Bayt Stadium have been brought forward one day following a unanimous decision taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. Host country Qatar will now play Ecuador on Sunday 20 November as part of a stand-alone event, FIFA, the Football governing body confirmed the changes in its statement.

The decision has been taken by FIFA saying that it followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications and consultations with stakeholders and the host nation.

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As per the previous schedule, the FIFA host Qatar was set to play against Ecuador in the inaugural match on November 21 but Senegal vs Netherland would be the first match of the day. England against Iran would have been second.

Football’s top officials universally approved the decision, FIFA said in a statement while Qatar said it would give unspecified help to fans affected by the change. Qatar had also been frustrated as it has invested in a huge opening ceremony show.

The opening ceremony and first game will take place at the 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of the Qatari capital Doha.

Instead of Saturday, the 100-day countdown to the FIFA World Cup opening match started on Friday. This year’s edition brings the World Cup to the Arab World for the first time.

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Is Cristiano Ronaldo retiring? Here’s what he said

Ronaldo, who had recently become the footballer to have scored the most number of goals, for club and country, in matches recognized by FIFA, told the reporters that he will decide, period.



Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, who set the world record for most international goals in last year’s European Championships, on Tuesday opened up about his retirement plan ahead of the World Cup play-off final against North Macedonia.

In response to the question asked by the reporter, the footballer said that the one who is going to decide his future is Ronaldo, nobody else. If he feels like playing more, he will play, if don’t, he won’t, he said.

Ronaldo, who had recently become the footballer to have scored the most number of goals, for club and country, in matches recognized by FIFA, told the reporters that he will decide, period.

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Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Ronaldo had said that the team is quite confident and he feels all the players are ready.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification playoff final between Portugal and North Macedonia would be very important for the team’s talismanic striker and captain Cristiano Ronaldo. This game is a matter of life and death for us and his team understands the importance of this match. He has also appealed to the supporters to give us incredible support tomorrow, Ronaldo said.

The goal machine is already 37 years of age and not qualifying for the event in Qatar could be a blow to him.

After a 3-1 win against Turkey, Portugal is one win away from sealing a spot in the Qatar FIFA World Cup.

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Thomas Tuchel hits back at Romelu Lukaku’s claim of not being happy at Chelsea, says he is surprised by striker’s comment

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on Friday broke his silence over the club’ striker Romelu Lukaku’s statement of not being happy at Chelsea and said that he is surprised by Lukaku’s comments that he never saw him unhappy.



Thomas Tuchel and Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on Friday broke his silence over the club’ striker Romelu Lukaku’s statement of not being happy at Chelsea and said that he is surprised by Lukaku’s comments that he never saw him unhappy.

Tuchel said that if a player like Lukaku speaks like that he should have known the gravity and value of what he speaks. The German manager also said that the club will talk with Lukaku openly behind closed doors. ‘We are here and can take the time to try to understand what is going on with Romelu, it does not reflect the daily attitude,’ added Thomas Tuchel.

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Earlier on Thursday, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku openly criticized the situation at the London based club and said that it was a mistake coming back to Chelsea. The Belgian striker also apologised to his former club Inter Milan fans and said that he should not have left Inter ever and is willing to go back there again.

Lukaku in his interview with Sky Sports said that physically he is fine but he is not happy with the situation at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old said that he will not give and will fight for his place in the team. Lukaku, in particular, criticized the gameplay of the Chelsea manager and said he does not like the style of Thomas Tuchel.

‘I’m always thinking about Milano, Milano, Milano… Inter fans are the best in the world. I love the city and the best moment of my career was at Inter. I am in love with Italy – I have Inter in my heart,’ said Romelu Lukaku.

Earlier this year in the summer transfer window in August, Chelsea signed Lukaku for a record $125 million from the Italian club Inter Milan.

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