Four Englishmen among top ten young goalscorers in Europe

Date published: Thursday 5th March 2020 1:45

We’re talking players 23 and under. We’re talking league goals. We’re talking the top ten leagues in Europe so not Erling Haaland…yet.

 

10) Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
Age: 22
Goals: 11

He already has nine goals in 17 games for Argentina, which is one of the many reasons he has been linked with Manchester City as a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero. But with Real Madrid and Barcelona both needing a striker this summer, Martinez is surely bound for Spain.

 

9) Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Age: 22
Goals: 13

Eight goals in his last ten Premier League games is likely to earn Dominic Calvert-Lewin an England call-up. His goal against Manchester United on Sunday had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wishing he had a DCL up front, saying: “That’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin for you, he chases everything. He chases paper on a windy day. He deserved a goal for how he was playing.”

 

8) Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Age: 22
Goals: 13

The goals were already drying up when injury curtailed Tammy Abraham’s march towards 20 Premier League goals this season. But that 13-goal haul is still far, far greater than anybody expected of Abraham this season. He now has two months to persuade Frank Lampard that he does not need to buy three new strikers this summer.

 

7) Victor Osimhen (Lille)
Age: 21
Goals: 13

You might know the name because he has scored against Chelsea in the Champions League this season. That was enough to attract the attentions of Newcastle, but reported interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan puts that particular link into perspective. The French club will make a very sexy profit indeed on the £10m they paid for the Nigerian last summer.

 

6) Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Age: 22
Goals: 14

Eleven goals in 14 Premier League games meant that back injury came at a very cruel time for Rashford, who looks like a different (excellent) player on the left wing. And to have scored more goals against Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham than any other opposition is simply extraordinary.

 

5) Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Age: 22
Goals: 14

There were questions in October and November about his consistency and attitude, but by March he is behind only Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga scoring charts. He can play left, right or behind the striker in a 3-4-2-1 and he scores (and creates) goals from all those positions. He will cost so much money this summer, but Manchester United have ‘History. Heritage. Pedigree.’

4) Moussa Dembele (Lyon)
Age: 23
Goals: 16

Six goals in his last seven Ligue Un starts has allayed any fears that the goals had dried up for Frenchman Dembele, who obviously remains a target for Manchester United this summer, along with everybody on this list not already at Manchester United. The extraordinary thing? He is yet to be capped by France.

 

3) Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Age: 21
Goals: 18

So, so many goals for Mbappe. 18 goals in 20 Ligue Un games. 27 goals in 31 games in all competitions. But there is talk of Mbappe falling out with everyone in Paris as he positions himself to leave for Real Madrid. The problem? No way Madrid will pay over £200m for the Frenchman, so reports suggest they want him to wait another 12 months and move for £100m with just a year remaining on his contract.

 

2) Jonathan David (KAA Gent)
Age: 20
Goals: 18

The US-born Canadian international (11 goals in 12 international games) will surely only spend this season in Belgium. Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Leicester City all watched David in action against Roma in the Europa League last week; he scored. He will surely move this summer, especially if reports of a £20m price tag are accurate.

 

1) Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Age: 23
Goals: 21

One goal in six Bundesliga games has seen Werner drop significantly behind Lewandowski in the top scorers table, but that does not seem to have put off Liverpool, who are expected to complete a move for the German this summer. Manchester United are interested, of course.

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