West Ham star leads PL among Europe’s top 10 goal contributors…

Date published: Tuesday 21st September 2021 2:04 - Ian Watson

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Some familiar names have started the season on fire. Though no-one in the Premier League can match Michail Antonio early-season productivity.

Here are the top ten players in Europe’s top five leagues for goal contributions…

 

10) Joao Pedro (Cagliari) – 6 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 4

The Brazilian has been in splendid form this season, but we can’t help but feel some people – OK, BT Sport – have gone slightly overboard on this one from the weekend…

 

9) Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 6 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 4

His most recent strike against Crystal Palace on Saturday took Salah to 101 Premier League goals, 99 for Liverpool. The Egyptian has 134 goal involvements in 150 appearances which is ridiculous.

 

8) Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 7
Goals scored: 0

Surely it is a mere coincidence that Pogba has found some consistent form as he enters the final year of his contract? Regardless, the France midfielder has laid on two more assists than any other player in the top five leagues in Europe. Only three other players on the continent can get within one assist of Pogba and they have all played more games.

 

7) Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 3

The teenager is “the total package”, according to Germany coach Hansi Flick, who gave Wirtz his international debut this month, making him the third-youngest player to appear for Die Mannschaft since the war, after Uwe Seeler and Jamal Musiala.

 


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6) Michail Antonio (West Ham) – 7 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 4

The Hammers forward contributed seven goal involvements inside his first three games. At Southampton, he was largely kept quiet before getting himself sent off late on. Prior to that, Antonio had a hand in a goal every 38 minutes, which is even better than Erling Haaland’s current rate.

 

5) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 7 goals
Games played: 6
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 4

Some PSG fans might not be convinced of Mbappe’s commitment but they can’t doubt his stats. The forward has had a hand in a goal in each of PSG’s Ligue 1 games so far this season, which haven’t always been as easy you might expect. He also laid on Ander Herrera’s strike in the Champions League draw at Club Brugge.

 

4) Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 5

The Real youngster is yet to convince everyone he has what it takes to achieve his full potential but his form this season is starting to win over some of his doubters. Not since 1964 has a player as young as Vinicius scored in each of Real’s first five matchdays.

 

3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 0
Goals scored: 7

Lewandowski is gathering records as fast as he scores goals. Today he collects the European Golden Boot award for his 41 strikes last season. At the weekend, he scored for the 19th Bayern game in succession, while also becoming the first Bundesliga player to score in 13 consecutive home matches.

 

2) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 11 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 5
Goals scored: 6

The Real captain is leading by example for Carlo Ancelotti. In only one of his La Liga appearances this term has he not had a hand in two or more goals and in that ‘off day’, he laid on the winner for Dani Carvajal against Real Betis.

 

1) Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – 11 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 7

Haaland has now scored 47 goals in 48 matches for Borussia Dortmund. Is he actually football’s first successful automaton?

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