As the Premier League gets ready to restart again after the World Cup, we thought we’d take a look at this year’s top goal contributors in the league.
Erling Haaland may have only arrived in England last summer, but his scintillating start has seen him rise through the list in thunderous style.
Elsewhere, there are two entries from the kings of Premier League inconsistency, Leicester City. Tottenham are also well-represented here.
Note: In order to compile the list, we used the latest figures from Transfermarkt.
=10. Harvey Barnes – 18
Leicester have recovered from a shocking start to the 2022-23 season and Barnes has played a pivotal role in their revival.
The 25-year-old, who was on the fringes of England’s World Cup squad before being left at home, has plundered an impressive 18 goals and assists this year from the wing.
He’s surely due an international recall for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
=10. Gabriel Jesus – 18
One man who has undoubtedly benefited from leaving Manchester City is current Arsenal striker Jesus.
The Brazil international scored just eight Premier League goals in his final season with Pep Guardiola.
Since moving to Arsenal, the 25-year-old has already found five goals and five assists.
Jesus is currently on 18 goal contributions in 2022 (11 goals and seven assists), but he won’t have the opportunity to add to those numbers after picking up an injury during World Cup duty with Brazil.
9. Dejan Kulusevski – 19
Tottenham’s Kulusevski has also made the top five following a strong start to his Premier League career.
The Sweden international boasts good numbers in 2022 with six goals and 13 assists to his name at Spurs.
And we expect Kulusevski to play an important role in Antonio Conte’s push for Champions League qualification.
8. Bukayo Saka – 20
Over the last couple of seasons, Saka has gone from a future prospect to being an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s project.
This calendar year alone, the midfielder has come up with 10 goals and 10 assists.
And the youngster impressed at the World Cup, scoring three times in England’s march to the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022. No wonder he’s known as Arsenal’s star boy.
Bukayo causing havoc ✅
Gabby ready and waiting 😎 pic.twitter.com/Cl3fVP04gG
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 2, 2022
=6. Mohamed Salah – 21
Liverpool are not firing on all cylinders, and the same could be said about star striker Salah.
While Salah may not be hitting his own exceptional standards, especially when compared with the end of 2021, he is still enjoying a relatively productive year, having scored 14 goals and produced 7 assists in 2022.
=6. Erling Haaland – 21
Since his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, Haaland has been busy ripping up the Premier League record books.
The Norway international has already come up with three hat-tricks this season and leads the goalscorers charts with 18 efforts. More worryingly for the league’s defenders, there are still over 20 games to go.
He is already joint-sixth on our list with 21 to his name (18 goals and three assists). Imagine what he’ll be able to do over a whole calendar year…
=4. Ivan Toney – 23
Brentford are making a decent first at establishing themselves in the Premier League and Toney’s goals and assists have been crucial to their rise from the lower leagues.
The striker, who was unfortunate to miss out on England’s World Cup squad, has 23 goals and assists this year including a memorable double against Manchester City in November.
=4. James Maddison – 23
Leicester City might be having a poor year by their recent standards, but that certainly doesn’t reflect on the stats behind Maddison.
The midfielder, who is still looking to force himself into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans, boasts 23 goal contributions for the year, including 14 goals and nine assists.
And his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad, while not actually playing in Qatar, allowed him to rest his limbs before the second half of the 2022-23 season.
🗣 “I’m a top player and I can be in that category.”
James Maddison has faith in himself that he can offer a lot to the England team pic.twitter.com/qFJro5dbDD
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 3, 2022
3 Son Heung-min – 26
Looking at the latest odds and public opinion, Tottenham are not considered to be one of the main title contenders this season.
Nevertheless, two of Conte’s players are featured in the top three of this list.
The first of the duo is South Korea international Son. The 30-year-old has scored 18 goals in 2022 and also came up with eight assists.
The forward broke his recent Premier League drought by bagging a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Leicester in September and we wouldn’t bet against him going on a scoring streak in 2023.
2 Kevin De Bruyne – 30
Manchester City’s De Bruyne is enjoying another stellar year for Pep Guardiola.
The midfielder currently boasts the second-highest number of assists in this calendar year, just three behind PSG’s Lionel Messi.
And, after World Cup disappointment with Belgium, De Bruyne will be motivated to carry on where he left off domestically.
1 Harry Kane – 34
One man who could potentially stop Haaland from running away with the golden boot this season is Kane.
The England captain has scored 12 goals this term although it remains to be seen whether he can recover from missing that penalty during the defeat to France in Qatar.
In 2022, the player scored 25 goals and produced nine assists. Interestingly, there are only four men who have scored more goals since January; only Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Christopher Nkunku and Kylian Mbappe edge him out.