Whether you are gunning for the title or striving to avoid relegation, a reliable goalscorer will go a long way towards helping to achieve that goal. Finding a reliable goalscorer is possible, even on a modest budget, but where should the clubs be looking? This week’s blog looks at the current top scorer for each Premier League club, focusing on the season prior to signing for their current club, as well as their Premier League history as a whole.

AFC Bournemouth – Callum Wilson (14 goals)

Signed from Coventry City for £3 million in July 2014 having scored 21 goals in 37 games in League One during the 2013-14 season. Scored 19 goals in 61 Premier League games for Bournemouth prior to this season.

Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20 goals)

Signed from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million in January 2018 having scored 13 goals in 16 games during the first half of the 2017-18 season and 31 goals in 32 games during the 2016-17 Bundesliga season. Scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League games for Arsenal prior to this season.

Brighton and Hove Albion – Glenn Murray (12 goals)

Signed from Bournemouth for £3 million in January 2017 having scored 3 goals in 19 games for Bournemouth during the 2015-16 Premier League season. Had previously scored 8 goals in 33 Premier League games whilst at Crystal Palace between 2013 and 2016.

Burnley – Ashley Barnes (11 goals)

Signed from Brighton for £400,000 in January 2014 having scored 5 goals in 22 games in the Championship in the first half of the 2013-14 season and 8 goals in 34 games during the 2012-13 season. Scored 20 goals in 99 Premier League games for Burnley prior to this season.

Cardiff City – Victor Camarasa and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (both 5 goals)

Victor Camarasa was signed on loan from Real Betis in August 2018 having scored 1 goal in 24 La Liga games during the 2017-18 season. Bobby De Cordova-Reid was signed from Bristol City for £10 million in June 2018, having scored 19 goals in 46 games in the Championship during the 2017-18 season.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard (16 goals)

Signed from Lille for £32 million in June 2012 having scored 20 goals in 38 Ligue 1 games during the 2011-12 season. Had scored 69 goals in 208 Premier League games for Chelsea prior to the start of this season.

Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic (12 goals)

Signed from Olympiakos for £13.5 million in January 2017 having scored 6 goals in 17 Superleague Greece games during the first half of the 2016-17 season and 3 goals in 22 games during the 2015-16 season. Had scored 12 goals in 50 Premier League games for Crystal Palace prior to the start of this season.

Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison (both 13 goals)

Gylfi Sigurdsson signed for £40 million from Swansea City in August 2017 having scored 9 goals in 38 games during the 2016-17 season. Had scored 46 goals in 209 Premier League games prior to the start of this season. Richarlison signed for £35 million from Watford in July 2018, having scored 5 goals in 38 Premier League games during the 2017-18 season.

Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic (12 goals)

Signed on loan from Newcastle United in February 2018 before signing permanently for £22 million in July 2018 having scored 12 goals in 17 Championship games whilst on loan at Fulham and 1 goal in 6 Premier League games for Newcastle during the first half of the 2017-18 season. Had scored 10 goals in 40 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Huddersfield Town – Karlan Grant (4 goals)

Signed from Charlton Athletic for £2 million in January 2019 having scored 14 goals in 28 League One games during the first half of the 2018-19 season.

Leicester City – Jamie Vardy (18 goals)

Signed for £1 million from Fleetwood Town in May 2012 having scored 31 goals in 36 Conference Premier games during the 2011-12 season. Had scored 62 goals in 142 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah (22 goals)

Signed for £38 million from AS Roma in June 2017 having scored 15 goals in 31 Serie A games during the 2016-17 season. Had scored 34 goals in 49 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero (20 goals)

Signed for £35 million from Atletico Madrid in July 2011 having scored 20 goals in 32 La Liga games during the 2010-11 season. Had scored 143 goals in 206 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Manchester United – Paul Pogba (13 goals)

Signed for £90 million from Juventus in August 2016 having scored 8 goals in 35 Serie A games during the 2015-16 season. Had scored 11 goals in 60 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Newcastle United – Ayoze Perez (13 goals)

Signed for £2 million from Tenerife in June 2014 having scored 16 goals in 34 Segunda Division games during the 2013-14 season. Had scored 21 goals in 106 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Southampton – Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse (both 7 goals)

Danny Ings was signed initially on loan from Liverpool in August 2018 with an agreement for a permanent deal of £18 million in July 2019 having scored 1 goal in 8 Premier League games during the 2017-18 season. Had scored 14 goals in 49 Premier League games prior to the start of this season. James Ward-Prowse was a graduate of Southampton’s youth academy and had scored 10 goals in 167 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane (17 goals)

A graduate of Tottenham’s youth academy, had scored 108 goals in 150 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

Watford – Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu (both 9 goals)

Troy Deeney was signed for £250,000 from Walsall in August 2010, having scored 14 goals in 42 League One games during the 2009-10 season. Had scored 28 goals in 104 Premier League games prior to the start of this season. Gerard Deulofeu was signed on an initial loan from Barcelona in January 2018, made permanent for £12 million in June 2018, having scored 1 goal in 10 La Liga games during the first half of the 2017-18 season. Had scored 6 goals in 69 Premier League games prior to the start of this season.

West Ham United – Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson (both 9 goals)

Marko Arnautovic was signed for £20 million from Stoke City in July 2017 having scored 6 goals in 32 Premier League games during the 2016-17 season. Had scored 33 goals in 156 Premier League games prior to the start of this season. Felipe Anderson was signed for £36 million from Lazio in July 2018 having scored 4 goals in 21 Serie A games during the 2017-18 season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Raul Jimenez (13 goals)

Signed on loan from Benfica in June 2018 with a permanent deal agreed for a £30 million transfer in July 2019. Had scored 6 goals in 33 Primeira Liga games during the 2017-18 season.

The list shows that the search for a reliable goalscorer crosses multiple nations and leagues, though what is perhaps surprising that not a single name on the list could have been described as a proven Premier League goalscorer prior joining their current club. Only 3 players (Sigurdsson, Ings and Arnautovic) had reached double figures in a single Premier League campaign prior to joining their current club, with Sigurdsson perhaps the closest to being a reliable goalscorer, particularly at Swansea where he netted at least 7 goals in each of his seasons with the club (3 full seasons plus a half season in 2011-12).

In terms of other trends, amongst the top 6, other than Tottenham, who brought Harry Kane through from their youth academy, in each case the club’s top scorer was recruited from one of the other 4 top European leagues (Spain, Italy, Germany or France) where they had enjoyed at least one prolific season, with the exception of Paul Pogba, who as a central midfielder was recruited for more than just his goal scoring ability. Clubs outside the top 6 looking for a reliable goalscorer might look towards the second tier of European leagues such as Greece (Milivojevic) or Portugal (Jimenez). Finally, the likes of Wilson and Vardy show that it is possible to make the step up from the Football League and become a reliable Premier League goalscorer, though it is perhaps worth noting that both spent at least one season in the Championship with their current club before stepping up to the Premier League.

Fantasy Football Tip – Marko Arnautovic

Whilst only Manchester City and Liverpool go into the final round of games with high stakes riding on their results, every team other than Wolves and the 3 relegated clubs can still either rise or fall at least one place in the league table. However, with the FA Cup Final looming, if there is one club who might be tempted to rest a few players, it is Watford. They host West Ham, and therefore Marko Arnautovic, on the brink of breaking into double figures after his brace against Southampton, could be a good option for anyone still fighting for something in their Fantasy league.