Paying the price for a ‘GUNSLINGER’

Manchester City have Agüero, Liverpool have the ‘fab three’, Arsenal have Aubameyang and Tottenham have Harry Kane. These proven and consistent goal scorers undoubtedly help these clubs maintain their status as part of the elite ‘top six’. As positions wind up down the table ambitions vary but the bare minimum for every club is to maintain their premier league status quo and sometimes this means bringing in personnel to score the goals that will rake in the required points to achieve whatever is set out to be achieved when the season draws to a close. But it’s not always that you get what you paid for, sometimes you have to be patient to eventually get money’s worth and sometimes it is all but a lost cause.

Newcastle broke their transfer record and coughed up something in the region of forty million pounds to bring in Brazilian striker Joelinton to St. James’ Park. So far it seems to be not working out with the striker only scoring once in twelve league appearances. The striker has never been the prolific type so far in his career but he does have age on his side and Newcastle may have been swayed by the potential he still possesses to break the bank.

On 17 July 2019, West Ham United for a club record fee of £45 million signed Sébastien Haller. The French striker is supposed to fill the void left by last season’s leading goal scorer Marko Arnautović. After a blistering start to his career in London, the goal trail has suddenly gone cold with only one goal in the last seven appearances to bring the total to four goals in eleven league appearances. The goal drought has also coincided with the loss of form for the Hammers which would suggest that it would help if the big Frenchman would live up to his price tag and start banging in goals regularly and help the cause.

Moise Kean costed just under £30 million from Juventus for Everton and so far his only worth mentioning attacking return for the toffees has been an assist picked up against Wolves. The Italian is still a teenager but his arrival at Everton was met with enthusiasm that they may have finally found a player to fill the void left by one Romelu Lukaku considering the fact that he was already finding his feet at a big club like Juventus at his age. One would say he probably needs this season to get used to his surroundings but it would certainly help if he could chip in with a goal every other game for his club so that maybe they do not find themselves near the wrong end of the table so often.

We can see that premier league clubs are always on the lookout for goal scorer to rattle the nets every weekend and are prepared to pay whatever the price to get their man. In some cases some are lucky they do not have to pay a nickel as they can pluck a hero from the existing bunch as was the case for Chelsea who probably would have been stuck with a multi-million goal shy striker now (not for the first time) had they been allowed to delve into the market recently.

Written by Kingy.