Which team has the best attack in the Premier League?
1,023 goals were scored in the Premier League last season, 480 (47%) of which came from the seven sides who qualified for UEFA competitions.
Ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season, we look at the six sides who have the best attacks in the division, hoping to fire their club to glory.
6) Leicester City
In each of the last two seasons, Leicester City have finished fifth, missing out on a Champions League place on the final day both times.
However, 2020/21 will always be fondly remembered by Foxes fans as they won the FA Cup for the first time ever.
For five successive seasons, between 2015/16 and 2019/20, Jamie Vardy was their top scorer, winning the Premier League golden boot in the latter.
On 4 July 2020, Vardy scored his 100th Premier League goal, coming a in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Only Ian Wright has made his debut in the Premier League at an older age and scored 100+ goals.
But, last season, Kelechi Ịheanachọ came to the fore and ended it as the top scorer, bagging 19, 16 of which came after New Years’ Day.
Ịheanachọ’s 12 league goals came from an xG of just 7.8, suggesting he’s an outstanding finisher.
Vardy meanwhile mustered an xG of 19.7, scoring just 15 in the league, showing there could still be more to come from the 34 year old.
Despite having these two at his disposal, Brendan Rodgers has felt it necessary to bolster his attacking options this summer.
Zambian international forward Patson Daka has joined from RB Salzburg for around £23 million, having won four Austrian Bundesliga titles and three ÖFB-Cups with them.
In the last two league seasons, Daka scored 51 goals in just 59 appearances, scoring 1.19 goals per 90 minutes; outstanding numbers.
Will these sharp-shooters finally fire Leicester into a Champions League place?
5) Manchester City
Pep Guardiola seemed to realise his dream last season of playing, nearly, a team completely of central-midfielders.
This helped the Citizens to another Premier League and EFL Cup double.
They also reached their first ever UEFA Champions League Final, losing 1-0 to Chelsea at Estádio do Dragão.
Across all competitions, Man City played 61 matches, scoring 131 goals, an average of 2.15 per game.
In 294 matches under Guardiola, the Sky Blues have scored 723 goals (2.46 per game).
Despite these outrageous numbers, Manchester City don’t really have a prolific striker in their ranks.
Club-record goal-scorer Sergio Agüero has left the club to join FC Barcelona after a decade in the north-west.
But last season suggest they don’t need a direct replacement.
İlkay Gündoğan was their top scorer in both the league (13) and in all competition (17).
But the German international was one of just seven players to score 10+ in all competitions.
Phil Foden (16), Gabriel Jesus, Riyāḍ Mahrez, Raheem Sterling (all 14), Ferran Torres (13) and Kevin De Bruyne (10) also did so, despite the fact Jesus is the only one who’s a true number nine.
The player with the highest xG in the league last season was Sterling with just 12.2, the only player with 10+.
11 players in the league had a higher xG than this.
This summer, the champions have been linked with Harry Kane and Erling Braut Håland but might not need a pure goalscoring machine to achieve yet more success.
For many years now, not many front threes have been as recognisable as Liverpool’s: Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
For the club, they’ve scored 309 goals between them: Firmino (87), Mané (97) and Salah (125).
In 2019/20, the Premier League title winning season, the three of them scored 54% of the Reds’ league goals.
However, with all three now 29 years of age (born just eight months apart) a future contingency plan has to be put in place.
So, in the summer of 2020, Diogo Jota was brought in from Wolves.
His highlight was a Champions League hat-trick away to Atalanta but the Portuguese winger made just 30 appearances, missing 18 matches due to a serious knee injury.
Those 30 appearances amounted to just 1,763 minutes on the field, an average of just 58 minutes per game.
Even so, he scored 13 goals with his nine in the Premier League coming from an xG of just 6.6.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have a lot of work to do this summer in the midfield area with Georginio Wijnaldum having left and more departures, possibly, following.
Thus, they’re unlikely to strengthen in attack but, with this fabulous quartet, they have more than enough fire-power to challenge for the biggest trophies again.
3) Tottenham Hotspur
Despite the fact 2020/21 was generally a miserable campaign for Tottenham Hotspur, their two superstar front man came to the fore.
Spurs finished seventh last season, thereby qualifying for the Europa Conference League play-off round, and their trophy draught continued, losing the EFL Cup Final.
Just a few days before that final, José Mourinho was sacked after just 86 games at the helm.
Despite this, Harry Kane scored 23 goals in the Premier League and 33 in all competitions.
He ended the campaign with both the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards for accumulating the most goals and most assists.
Kane became just the second player to outright win both awards in the same season after Andy Cole in 1993/94.
His partner in crime was Son Heung-min who bagged 17 goals in the league and 22 overall.
Between them, they scored 45.5% of Spurs’ 121 goals across all 58 matches.
Assuming both are at Tottenham, they’ll form a lethal partnership once again but who makes up the front three remains to be seen.
Gareth Bale has returned to Real Madrid so it could be Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or, perhaps, a new arrival.
Either way, Nuno Espírito Santo will hope this duo remain on fire.
It is fair to say that Chelsea have a plethora of attacking talent in their squad.
Last summer, the Blues went on a spending spree, splashing out over £222 million with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz amongst those recruited.
They joined the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in a massively talented group.
Havertz in particular enjoyed his big moment, scoring the only goal of the Champions League Final victory over Manchester City.
Despite this, the Blues’ top scorer in the Premier League was holding midfielder Jorginho; all seven of his were penalties.
Timo Werner’s six league goals came from an xG of 11.9, emphasising that he missed numerous golden chances.
Thomas Tuchel is seemingly looking to freshen up his attacking options.
Giroud has left for A.C. Milan while Abraham, Hudson-Odoi and the returning Michy Batshuayi could also be on their way out.
Even so, Mount, Ziyech, Pulisic, Havertz and Werner is a fair amount of fire power.
This’ll only be heightened if Romelu Lukaku rejoins the club for a reported fee of £97.5 million.
In his two seasons in Italy with Internazionale, the Belgian scored 47 Serie A goals, from an xG of 42.8, winning the Scudetto last season.
Having won the Champions League and reached the FA Cup Final in his first half-season, Tuchel will now want to challenge at the very top of the Premier League.
If they are to do so, their array of expensive attacking talent will be expected to fire them to a possible title.
1) Manchester United
Will Manchester United end their nine-year wait to win the Premier League?
Last season, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side finished second in the Premier League but are still waiting for their first silverware since 2017.
The Red Devils were beaten in the UEFA Europa League Final by Villarreal, losing the penalty shootout 11-10 in Gdańsk.
Now, will they make a serious assault on some silverware?
Well, as they attempt to do this, Jadon Sancho has been brought in from Borussia Dortmund for around €85 million.
During his last three seasons in Germany, the winger scored 49 goals and provided 60 assists; outrageous numbers for a now 21 year old.
Sancho joins a glut of talented attacking players at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Amad will compete for wide positions while Edinson Cavani has signed up for another year.
The 34 year old Uruguayan scored 17 goals in all competitions from an xG of 12.8.
Bruno Fernandes was actually Man United’s top scorer last season, managing 28 goals, 13 of which were penalties.
Since Solskjær’s arrival, Man United have been slowly building in the right direction.
Will their glut of attacking talent help them close the 12-point gap to Manchester City?