West Ham star leads PL among Europe’s top 10 goal contributors…

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West Ham star leads PL among Europe’s top 10 goal contributors…

Some familiar names have started the season on fire. Though no-one in the Premier League can match Michail Antonio early-season productivity.

Here are the top ten players in Europe’s top five leagues for goal contributions…

 

10) Joao Pedro (Cagliari) – 6 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 4

The Brazilian has been in splendid form this season, but we can’t help but feel some people – OK, BT Sport – have gone slightly overboard on this one from the weekend…

 

9) Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 6 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 4

His most recent strike against Crystal Palace on Saturday took Salah to 101 Premier League goals, 99 for Liverpool. The Egyptian has 134 goal involvements in 150 appearances which is ridiculous.

 

8) Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 7
Goals scored: 0

Surely it is a mere coincidence that Pogba has found some consistent form as he enters the final year of his contract? Regardless, the France midfielder has laid on two more assists than any other player in the top five leagues in Europe. Only three other players on the continent can get within one assist of Pogba and they have all played more games.

 

7) Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 7 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 3

The teenager is “the total package”, according to Germany coach Hansi Flick, who gave Wirtz his international debut this month, making him the third-youngest player to appear for Die Mannschaft since the war, after Uwe Seeler and Jamal Musiala.

 


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6) Michail Antonio (West Ham) – 7 goals
Games played: 4
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 4

The Hammers forward contributed seven goal involvements inside his first three games. At Southampton, he was largely kept quiet before getting himself sent off late on. Prior to that, Antonio had a hand in a goal every 38 minutes, which is even better than Erling Haaland’s current rate.

 

5) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – 7 goals
Games played: 6
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 4

Some PSG fans might not be convinced of Mbappe’s commitment but they can’t doubt his stats. The forward has had a hand in a goal in each of PSG’s Ligue 1 games so far this season, which haven’t always been as easy you might expect. He also laid on Ander Herrera’s strike in the Champions League draw at Club Brugge.

 

4) Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 5

The Real youngster is yet to convince everyone he has what it takes to achieve his full potential but his form this season is starting to win over some of his doubters. Not since 1964 has a player as young as Vinicius scored in each of Real’s first five matchdays.

 

3) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 7 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 0
Goals scored: 7

Lewandowski is gathering records as fast as he scores goals. Today he collects the European Golden Boot award for his 41 strikes last season. At the weekend, he scored for the 19th Bayern game in succession, while also becoming the first Bundesliga player to score in 13 consecutive home matches.

 

2) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 11 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 5
Goals scored: 6

The Real captain is leading by example for Carlo Ancelotti. In only one of his La Liga appearances this term has he not had a hand in two or more goals and in that ‘off day’, he laid on the winner for Dani Carvajal against Real Betis.

 

1) Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – 11 goals
Games played: 5
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 7

Haaland has now scored 47 goals in 48 matches for Borussia Dortmund. Is he actually football’s first successful automaton?

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Arsene Wenger has revealed his feeling of responsibility for the injury-stricken careers of two former Arsenal stars, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.

The former Arsenal boss gave many opportunities to youngsters during his tenure in north London, but perhaps two of the most highly regarded to break through were Ramsey and Wilshere.

The Wales international currently finds himself at Juventus, and whilst playing for one of the most prestigious clubs in the world on big wages might not seem like the worst thing, the midfielder struggles for regular game time as a result of recurring injury problems.

Wilshere on the other hand is currently without a club after leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season. The 29-year-old enjoyed a good run of games for the Cherries last year but is yet to find a home for the new season.


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Now Wenger, who is currently in the news for his idea of a biennial World Cup, has admitted feeling responsible for how the duo’s careers have panned out.

Speaking to The Telegraph ), Wenger said. “I see more positivity. Before there was more kicking and I must say the media allowed that. The VAR has brought more respect for the offensive game.

“Sometimes the more technical guys were kicked. Why? It was not very encouraging. We have moved forward from that.

“We (Arsenal) always tried. It was a frustration sometimes. When I look back at players like (Jack) Wilshere, (Aaron) Ramsey who have been injured early in their career and when you are a manager you feel very responsible for that.”

Wenger, currently serving as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, also revealed

When asked if 2016 was the last time the Football Association came calling, he said: “Yes, I think so.”

The Frenchman also praised current manager Gareth Southgate, saying he “likes” the 51-year-old.

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