The Early Verdict on the Key FPL Strikers

8:27am Aug 31 2022

Goals win games and they will also see competitors climbing up the Fantasy Football leaderboards. That’s why we spend so much time on the strikers’ section when selecting our teams ahead of each season.

The 2022/23 Premier League campaign is just a few weeks old. It’s too early to make a judgement on the form of key players, but there’s never a bad time to consider changes to your fantasy squad.

So, how are the big money players faring at this early stage?

Hitting the Ground Running

The list of Premier League top scorers tells a tale and it’s a perfect indicator of early form. The man to watch for FPL managers is clearly going to be Manchester City front man Erling Haaland who has six goals from his first four league games in English top flight football.

A question still remains as to how effective Haaland might be against the bigger clubs, but he can certainly boost his goal tally against the weaker teams. A brace against West Ham and a hat trick in the win over Crystal Palace proves that theory.

Erling Haaland is also the clear favourite in the Golden Boot betting which is also a good indicator when choosing your fantasy team. According to the top betting websites, as sourced by, the Norwegian is now an odds on pick with a significant lead over the chasing pack.

With so much time left in the season, there is scope for the figures to change. Injuries and loss of form can play a part in the Golden Boot race and there will be further updates. As those amendments come in, SBO will publish them on their website for all readers to see.

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Faster Start

Last season, Tottenham’s Harry Kane started the campaign in an unusually slow fashion. While rumours persisted over a switch to Manchester City, he struggled to find the net and would end the campaign with 17 goals in 37 league matches – his worst return since he broke into the Spurs side in 2014.

This year promises to be different and Kane has enjoyed a fast start, scoring four goals in Tottenham’s first four games. At this stage of the competition, the England captain has the best chance of overtaking Erling Haaland and he’s another key player in many FPL teams.

Room for Improvement

Last year’s Golden Boot winners, Son Heung-Min and Mohamed Salah, have both started the season slowly. Son is yet to get off the mark for Spurs while Liverpool’s Salah has scored twice. That’s a respectable return for the Egyptian striker but he would have been disappointed not to find the net in Liverpool’s 9-0 Bournemouth win.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus has also scored twice but is another player to have failed to take advantage in games against the weaker sides.

Elsewhere, Leeds United’s Rodrigo and Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham join Harry Kane in second place with four goals. Including a big priced striker in your FPL team can blow your budget so those two players could be cheaper options.

Mitrovic has been prolific for the Cottagers in the Championship but has struggled to maintain his scoring levels in the top flight. Rodrigo’s best return in English football is seven goals in 2020/21 and it’s unlikely that he will remain a consistent threat.

FPL managers will be busy with their squads over the next few weeks and this is a perfect time to consider those early season striking statistics.