England strikers among Europe’s top ten goalscorers of 2022…

Date published: Thursday 31st March 2022 7:29 - Ian Watson

Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Tammy Abraham.

No sign of Mo Salah in the list of 2022’s deadliest attackers but England duo Harry Kane and Tammy Abraham are joined by another Premier League representative…

 

10) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona) – 9 goals
Appearances: 11
Goals per appearances: 0.82
Minutes played: 707
Minutes per goal: 79

“A gift from heaven,” is how Xavi described Aubameyang after his flying start to life at the Nou Camp. Does that mean Mikel Arteta was wrong to show him the door at Arsenal? Nope.

 

9) Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco) – 10 goals
Appearances: 14
Goals per appearances: 0.71
Minutes played: 1114
Minutes per goal: 111

Ben Yedder is operating at a rate of one goal involvement per game when you add two assists to his seven Ligue 1 goals. But he was shackled by Braga when Monaco exited the Europa League earlier this month.

 

8) Tammy Abraham (Roma) – 10 goals
Appearances: 13
Goals per appearances: 0.77
Minutes played: 1114
Minutes per goal: 111

Nine goals in 11 Serie A appearances this year, including two in the derby against Lazio, make the Italians more likely to forgive the ex-Chelsea striker for quaffing a cappuccino after dinner.

 


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7) Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 10 goals
Appearances: 13
Goals per appearances: 0.77
Minutes played: 1106
Minutes per goal: 111

Abraham may have been pinned as the new king of Rome but the old king isn’t dead yet. The Lazio striker is marginally ahead of the Englishman having scored the same number of goals in eight fewer minutes.

 

6) Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) – 10 goals
Appearances: 12
Goals per appearances: 0.83
Minutes played: 782
Minutes per goal: 78

The City winger was flying before the turn of the year, registering a goal and an assist in each of his last three Premier League appearances of 2021. Mahrez might be further up the list if he’d not had to nip off to AFCON.

 

5) Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 11 goals
Appearances: 17
Goals per appearances: 0.65
Minutes played: 1491
Minutes per goal: 136

Remember when Kane couldn’t buy a goal? He managed just a single strike through his first 14 Premier League appearances of the season but the Spurs striker is now on 12 goal involvements in 11 league games since the turn of the year.

 

4) Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 11 goals
Appearances: 13
Goals per appearances: 0.85
Minutes played: 1084
Minutes per goal: 99

Even though he looks set to walk out on PSG in the summer, Mbappe is the only member of Mauricio Pochettino’s forward line not copping flak from the club’s p*ssed-off Ultras. Eight goal involvements in nine Ligue 1 matches make it 25 in 26 for the season.

 

3) Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) – 11 goals
Appearances: 14
Goals per appearances: 0.79
Minutes played: 1059
Minutes per goal: 96

If/when Mbappe goes, PSG need a replacement. A dozen goal involvements in 10 Bundesliga games in 2022 puts Nkunku high on the Parisians’ list, apparently. Man Utd’s too

2) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 12 goals
Appearances: 11
Goals per appearances: 1,09
Minutes played: 974
Minutes per goal: 81

Real want to sign Mbappe this year and Erling Haaland in 2023, assuming Benzema might slow down when he turns 35 before Christmas. No sign of that yet. On top of 22 goals in 25 La Liga appearances, the France star has also weighed in with 11 assists.

 

1) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 15 goals
Appearances: 12
Goals per appearances: 1.25
Minutes played: 1080
Minutes per goal: 72

Benzema is eight months older than Lewandowski, which should serve as a warning to Bayern if they are thinking of selling the Poland goal-machine before he turns 34 in August. A running total of 45 goals in 37 appearances so far this season is both mental yet completely normal for Lewandowski.

 

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