This year’s Premier League newcomers of Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford will have to fight hard to avoid an immediate drop, back down to the Championship, England’s tough version of a second tier. Despite the prospect of going through an intense struggle, all three club’s have one thing in common. They each boast a prolific English goalscorer in their respective forward line. With our Fantasy League picks in the back of our minds, we take a closer look at these three strikers.
Bournemouth have been the surprise package of last season’s Championship campaign and ended up securing their first-ever Premiership status by winning the division and thus, making their way to the top of England’s football pyramid. The club that had only been promoted to England’s second tier in 2013, were able to benefit from the services of their star-striker Callum Wilson, who had only joined the club in the summer of 2014. The 23-year old Englishman had previously played for League One side Coventry City, where he had scored 21 goals in 37 league appearances. This was reason enough for ambitious Bournemouth to part with £3 million and secure the services of the Englishman.
Last season, Wilson reiterated his status as a top goalscorer and managed to hit the target on 20 occasions in 45 league games. The striker added another 13 assists to his portfolio and only collected six bookings. Having played for a total of 3,887 minutes, Wilson was involved in a Bournemouth goal every 118 minutes. If the youngster continues his progress and adapts to the Premier League as well as he had adapted to the Championship, there is no reason to doubt his ability to make a valuable contribution to the club’s battle for survival. Available at £5.5 million, Wilson seems like good value for money.
Norwich’s main striker of last season is no unknown. With the club’s play-off triumph, Cameron Jerome is another Englishman who will be hoping to score goals in the upcoming edition of the Premier League. With the experience of six Premier League seasons, the 28-year old will be aware of what can be expected from playing in England’s top flight. Having already scored a total of 29 top flight goals (11 being his best across one Premier League campaign), Jerome seems to have the ability to find the back of a Premier League net.
Last season, the Norwich striker managed to score 18 goals and provide seven assists in 41 Championship matches. Having played for a total of 2,920 minutes, Jerome made a contribution every 117 minutes. The forward received only seven yellow cards and will be available for £5 million. He looks like a decent back-up option.
Watford were another one of the two clubs that secured direct promotion to the Premier League by claiming the Championship’s runner-up spot. They will be bringing along a striker who had been linked with a host of Premiership clubs in the past. Troy Deeney has never played any top flight football, but that should be no reason to disregard an incredibly impressive CV. In the last three Championship campaigns alone, Deeney has accumulated a total of 64 goals in 126 games.
Last season, the Watford striker scored 21 goals and provided ten assists across 42 appearances. In 3,424 minutes, the forward made a contribution every 110 minutes. Available at £5.5 million, the 27-year old Englishman can be considered a bargain, despite having to live up to the high expectations of the Watford faithful. If Deeney manages to continue his progress, he will not only back-up his Premier League potential, but also make a lot of fantasy footballers happy.