Is Steve Mounie the best striker in the Premier League?

At the beginning of August all eyes were on big money signings like Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, and Arsenal’s most expensive signing Alexandre Lacazette and all of them began the seasons with goals. However, so did Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town’s $19.5 million signing from French club Montpellier. He’s worth just a drop in the ocean compared to the aforementioned trio but you may be surprised how he compares elsewhere. 

The 22-year-old Beninese forward struck twice in the Terriers’ 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the opening weekend. He has scored the same number of goals as Morata and one more than Lacazette who hasn’t scored since the second minute of Arsenal’s season. His eight shots on goal is one less than the Spaniard but is twice the amount of the Frenchmen has had for the Gunners and he also has twice as many on target.

Mounie’s 127 touches is more than Lacazette (108), Lukaku (107) , and Morata (80) and from that he has been productive, winning four fouls which again is more than the trio. We are beginning to sound like a broken record, but Mounie has also made more passes and take-ons than Morata. While lastly, in the air Mounie is miles above his opponents having won 22 aerial duels compared to Lukaku with 16, Morata with six and Lacazette with just the one.

It’s not the first case of a player performing better than a player with a higher transfer fee. Liverpool spent $36 million on Luis Suarez who went on to score 94 goals between 2010-14 compared to Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres who were signed for a combined $137 million and scored 65 goals in that time.

And obviously it is less likely Mounie will go on to score 20+ goals and help his side to Premier League glory compared to the other three signings but after three matches this season it seems less is proving to be more for newly-promoted Huddersfield.

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