Haaland, Nunez, Jesus…which striker is going to be the biggest hit this season?

Haaland, Nunez, Jesus, Sterling, Richarlison: Five of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ members pulled out the checkbook this summer to sign a striker. Just before the resumption of the championship, each club hopes to have made the best deal.

Erling Haaland to Manchester City for 60 million euros

This is one of the biggest hits of the summer: “cyborg” Erling Haaland arrives in the Manchester City armada. The Norwegian has turned his back on Real Madrid to join Pep Guardiola and usher in what could be a new era at the Etihad Stadium side. The team that liked to play without a center forward recruited what is almost the best in Europe in this position.

All these beautiful people will have to get to know each other. Haaland may not start as well at City as he did at Dortmund (12 goals in his first 6 games), evidenced by his much-talked-about miss against Liverpool this weekend in the Community Shield, and his teammates will have to (re)get into the habit of playing with a real n°9. But once the mayonnaise sets, it’s hard to imagine a marriage more prolific than this one.

Darwin Nuñez to Liverpool for 75 million euros

In this distance struggle between Premier League leaders, it was Liverpool who signed the biggest check, and for the player who so far has the fewest references at the highest level. Darwin Nuñez, 23 for a few weeks, has only two seasons in the first division in his legs, with Benfica. But his 34 goals in the previous year, including six in the Champions League, convinced the Reds.

The Uruguayan, an imposing center forward of 1.87m, however arrives in a team unaccustomed, in recent seasons, to playing with such a profile. In his first preparation matches, Nuñez also struggled, before slamming a quadruple against Leipzig . “It’s the best way to stop all these discussions,” reacted Jürgen Klopp. However, it is in the Premier League, under pressure that he does not know yet, that the Uruguayan will have to respond.

Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for 52 million euros

He won’t be too lost. At Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus will find Mikel Arteta , whom he knew at Manchester City and who is taking up some ideas from his mentor Pep Guardiola. Welcomed by the Brazilians Martinelli, Gabriel Magalhães and Marquinhos and by the Portuguese Cédric Soares and Fabio Vieira, the new number 9 of the Gunners immediately adapted.

With seven goals in five warm-up games, including a hat-trick against Sevilla in his first at the Emirates Stadium, Gabriel Jesus has enchanted all Arsenal fans looking for a centre-forward who stacks the goals. His complicity with Odegaard or Saka already seems obvious and he will not discover the Premier League, where he has been playing for six years. The Brazilian has everything to be the headliner at Arsenal that he was not at Manchester City, drowned in a bloated workforce.

Raheem Sterling to Chelsea for 56 million euros

Raheem Sterling is back in London, where he spent his youth, after eleven years at Liverpool and Manchester. A winger in his debut, the Englishman has become a complete striker, capable of playing in the axis and who has scored at least ten Premier League goals in his last five seasons. That’s what Chelsea needed after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who left the Blues without a benchmark centre-forward.

Timo Werner and Michi Batshuayi are still there but are not favored by Thomas Tüchel. In preparation, Raheem Sterling was lined up in an attacking trio with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, against Udinese, scoring in his first game in the Chelsea shirt. The Blues are counting on him to bring his taste for winning, cultivated in City. Sterling, he could finally become the attacking leader of a big team.

Richarlison to Tottenham for 58 million euros

Of the entire list, this is perhaps the least logical transfer. Tottenham already have a prolific Kane-Son duo and signed Kulusevski last winter, who quickly established himself on the wing. But the Spurs have nevertheless taken out the checkbook to buy Richarlison , a handyman capable of playing in the center and on one side, but who we cannot imagine taking the place of the two indestructible and who could therefore fight for the last seat with Kulusevski, or serve as a luxury substitute.

After a season playing retention with Everton, the 25-year-old Brazilian will discover the top of the table, but he is not coming off his best season on the count – 10 league goals, he had done better in his first two exercises with the Toffees. In preparation, Antonio Conte seemed happy with his new player. Fortunately, at that price. But Richarlison will have to earn his place, where other big transfers of the summer arrive on conquered ground.

Source: Robin Wattraint

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.