1,023 Premier League goals were scored last season, 480 (47%) of which came from the seven teams that qualified for UEFA competitions.
Ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season, we look at the six teams that have the best attacks in the division, hoping to lead their club to glory.
6) City of Leicester
In each of the past two seasons, Leicester City has finished fifth, losing a Champions League spot 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.
For five consecutive seasons, between 2015/16 and 2019/20, Jamie Vardy was their top scorer, winning the Premier League golden boot in the latter.
On July 4, 2020, Vardy scored his 100th goal in the Premier League, in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Only Ian Wright made his Premier League debut at an older age and scored more than 100 goals.
But, last season, Kelechi Ịheanachọ came to the fore and finished it as the top scorer, with 19, 16 of whom came after New Year’s Day.
All 12 Ịheanachọ goals in the league came from an xG of just 7.8, suggesting he is an outstanding finisher.
Meanwhile, Vardy put together a 19.7 xG, 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 the need to beef up 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 every 90 minutes; outstanding numbers.
Will these sharp shooters finally fire Leicester in a Champions League spot?
5) Manchester City
Pep Guardiola seemed to make his dream come true last season of playing, almost, in a team entirely of midfielders.
This helped the Citizens to another Premier League and EFL Cup double.
They also reached their first UEFA Champions League final, losing 1-0 to Chelsea at Estádio do Dragão.
In all competitions, Man City played 61 games, scoring 131 goals, an average of 2.15 per game.
In 294 games with 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 scorer Sergio Agüero has left the club to join FC Barcelona after a decade in the Northwest.
But last season suggests they don’t need a direct replacement.
İlkay Gündoğan was his top scorer both in the league (13) and in all competitions (17).
But the German international was one of only 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) did too, even though Jesus is the only one who is a true number nine. .
The player with the highest xG in the league last season was Sterling at just 12.2, the only player at 10+.
11 league players had a higher xG than this.
This summer, the champions have teamed up with Harry Kane and Erling Braut Håland, but they may not need a pure scoring machine to achieve even more success.
For many years, not many forwards have been as recognizable as Liverpool’s: Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
For the club, they have scored 309 goals including: Firmino (87), Mané (97) and Salah (125).
In 2019/20, the Premier League title-winning season, the three scored 54% of the Reds’ league goals.
However, since all three are now 29 years old (born only eight months apart), a future contingency plan must be put in place.
So in the summer of 2020, they brought in Diogo Jota from Wolves.
His highlight was a Champions League hat-trick against 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.
Still, he scored 13 goals out of his nine in the Premier League coming off an xG of just 6.6.
Jürgen Klopp’s team has a lot of work to do this summer in the midfield area with Georginio Wijnaldum having left and more outings possibly following.
So they are unlikely to get stronger on the attack but, with this fabulous foursome, they have more than enough firepower to challenge again for the biggest trophies.
3) Tottenham Hotspur
Despite 2020/21 being a generally miserable campaign for Tottenham Hotspur, its two superstar leaders came to light.
Spurs finished seventh last season, thus qualifying for the play-off round of the Europa Conference League, and their trophy continued, losing the EFL Cup final.
Just a few days before that final, José Mourinho was fired after just 86 games at the helm.
Despite this, Harry Kane scored 23 goals in the Premier League and 33 in all competitions.
He finished the campaign with the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards for accumulating the most goals and assists.
Kane became the second player to win both awards in the same season after Andy Cole in 1993/94.
His partner in crime was Son Heung-min, who scored 17 league goals and 22 overall.
Between them, they scored 45.5% of Spurs’ 121 goals in 58 games.
Assuming both are in Tottenham, they will form a deadly partnership again, but who is in the top three remains to be seen.
Gareth Bale has returned to Real Madrid for what could be Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or, perhaps, a newcomer.
Either way, Nuno Espírito Santo will hope this duo is still on fire.
It’s fair to say that Chelsea have a great deal of offensive talent on their squad.
Last summer the Blues spent over £ 222 million with Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz among the recruits.
They were joined by the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham in a hugely talented group.
Havertz in particular enjoyed his big moment, scoring the only winning goal of the Champions League final over Manchester City.
Despite this, the Blues’ top scorer in the Premier League had midfielder Jorginho; all seven of his were criminal.
Timo Werner’s six league goals came from an 11.9 xG, emphasizing that he missed numerous golden opportunities.
Thomas Tuchel is apparently looking to refresh his attacking options.
Giroud has left for AC Milan, while Abraham, Hudson-Odoi and returning Michy Batshuayi could also be dating.
Still, Mount, Ziyech, Pulisic, Havertz, and Werner have good firepower.
This will only increase 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 goals in Serie A, up from a 42.8 xG, winning the Scudetto last season.
Having won the Champions League and reached the FA Cup final in his first half of the season, Tuchel will now want to challenge at the top of the Premier League.
If they do, their array of expensive attacking talents is expected to lead 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 team finished second in the Premier League, but are still awaiting their first silver medal since 2017.
The Red Devils were defeated in the UEFA Europa League final against Villarreal, losing 11-10 on penalties in Gdańsk.
Now, will they make a serious assault on some silverware?
Well, while trying to do this, Jadon Sancho has been brought in from Borussia Dortmund for around 85 million euros.
During his last three seasons in Germany, the winger scored 49 goals and provided 60 assists; outrageous numbers for a 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 a 12.8 xG.
Bruno Fernandes was actually Man United’s top scorer last season, with 28 goals, 13 of which were penalties.
Since Solskjær’s arrival, Man United have been slowly building in the right direction.
Will your excess offensive talent help you close the 12-point gap with Manchester City?
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