The Premier League is well and truly back and hasn’t lost any pace since last season, but which players have scored the most goals in the competition over the course of the calendar year?
Twelve men have scored eight or more Premier League goals since January 1, with a few surprise names mixing it with the more familiar faces in England’s top flight.
Here are the top 10 goalscorers in the Premier League over the first eight months of 2022, ranked from 10th to 1st with minutes played used to separate those with the same totals. James Maddison and Jack Harrison just miss out on goals-per-minute.
10. Gabriel Jesus – 8
The Brazilian striker scored six goals in Manchester City’s title run-in last term and has started the 2022-23 campaign like a house on fire, with a brace on his competitive home debut for Arsenal.
Given how sharp he currently looks, we’d be shocked if Jesus isn’t near the top of this list come New Year’s Eve.
Get it on repeat! 🔁 #ARSLEI pic.twitter.com/82Bfd1dQqJ
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 14, 2022
9. Ivan Toney – 9
Christian Eriksen pulled the strings from midfield as Thomas Frank’s Bees pulled themselves away from relegation trouble and up to the safety of midtable in the latter half of last season, but Toney scored the goals.
A hat-trick against Norwich, just when Brentford were beginning to wobble, could not have been timed better and the striker followed that with a crucial double against Burnley.
Strikes against Manchester United, West Ham and Wolves took the striker’s tally to eight before the end of the 2021-22 campaign and he’s since added a ninth in the new season’s opener against Leicester.
Surprisingly enough, he didn’t score in Brentford’s stunning 4-0 win against Manchester United but he notched a pair of assists for good measure.
8. Jarrod Bowen – 9
Only one Englishman has scored more Premier League goals in 2022 than the West Ham forward. Surely he’s got a ticket to Qatar 2022 after earning his first Three Lions caps in the summer.
Bowen blossomed last season, becoming West Ham’s main source of goals and winning the respect of Danny Dyer. The lucky bastard…
Gotta love Danny Dyer #WHU #Bowen pic.twitter.com/qdk9YChRJC
— Michael (@michaelwills35) April 14, 2022
7. Wilfried Zaha – 9
Crystal Palace were one of last season’s success stories, with Patrick Vieira reinvigorating a stale squad and building an exciting side full of young attacking talent.
But Zaha remains the main man at Selhurst Park. He may have an uncanny knack for winding up opposition supporters but the Ivory Coast international leads by example with his bravery on the ball.
His nine goals, scored at a rate of one every 162 minutes, helped Palace spend the year comfortably in mid-table while enjoying a run to the FA Cup semi-finals.
And, considering Zaha played at AFCON in January and February, his tally becomes even more impressive. He’s yet to open his account in 2022-23 but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.
6. Mohamed Salah – 9
Liverpool’s Egyptian King slowed down in the latter half of the 2021-22 campaign, having endured AFCON heartbreak with his national team midway through.
Still, he did enough to clinch a third Golden Boot in five seasons. He’s also scored on Liverpool’s opening fixture for a sixth successive campaign in their 2-2 draw at Fulham.
5. Sadio Mane – 9
His exploits with Senegal, captaining them to the AFCON title and World Cup qualification, have ensured Mane’s place in his nation’s history, but the forward was also in peak form during his last few months at Liverpool.
Mane scored the winner during March’s 1-0 over West Ham, a game Liverpool could easily have lost, and also netted against Chelsea and Manchester City after the turn of the year.
He’s since scored on his Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich and you imagine there’ll be plenty more to come there.
READ: Where are they now? The Liverpool XI from Sadio Mane’s debut in 2016
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 10
This year has been utterly miserable for Ronaldo and Manchester United, but he did at least notch hat-tricks against Norwich and Tottenham.
He might not be a Premier League player for much longer, and there are serious question marks over whether his goals are worth it, but one thing you can’t argue with – even at the age of 37 – is his goalscoring record.
3. Kevin De Bruyne – 11
After a slow start to last season, with injuries disrupting his involvement at the Euros for Belgium, De Bruyne has returned to his imperious best in 2022.
The midfielder scored the winner against Chelsea in January, poached a brace during the spanking of Manchester United and opened the scoring during the title showdown against Liverpool in April.
He remains arguably the greatest midfielder in the world and is central to City’s hopes of success this season. The Belgian already has a goal and two assists so far in 2022-23 and looks set to continue thriving as long as he stays fit.
2. Harry Kane – 14
Yes, Kane has been brilliant in 2022 with 14 goals and dovetailing expertly with Son Heung-min.
He’s well and truly put his poor form at the start of last season behind him and looks back to his best ahead of the World Cup in a few months.
The delivery 📬
The finish 🌟
The celebrations 🙌 pic.twitter.com/47RY1lSJTe
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 14, 2022
1. Son Heung-min – 15
Son shared last season’s Golden Boot with Salah and 15 of his 23 Premier League goals came since the turn of the year.
The South Korea captain began 2022 with the winner at Watford and helped himself to a goal during the thrashings of Leeds and Everton. He then scored twice as Spurs beat neighbours and top-four rivals West Ham in March while netting a hat-trick during the dismantling of Aston Villa in April.
He’s surprisingly yet to open his account in 2022-23 but it surely won’t take much longer.
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