Ibrahimovic’s domination is over since he left PSG and moved to Man United, so it will leave more space for other strikers to top the scoring charts in the 2016/17 season. The following five players should be seriously taken into consideration.
- Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
The Lyon forward and one of the most wanted strikers in Europe was at the top of this list in previous three seasons; last year he scored 21 goals but had to settle for second place behind monstrous Ibra who bagged incredible 38 goals. Lacazette is the key player in his team, he is equally dangerous from wide positions as from the penalty box, and his unpredictable movement and pace are his best qualities. Additionally, he is a clinical finisher with great composure, so he is the clearly No. 1 choice on this list. Didier Deschamps omitted him from the France squad for the Euro, but now he’s been recalled to the national side. Lacazette already scored six goals in first three matches of the new season which certainly gives him a pole position.
- Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Cavani is an obvious choice, especially after Ibrahimovic’s departure. The Uruguayan will be the leading figure at Parc des Princes, and he will act as the centre forward, which wasn’t the case when he and Ibra played together. Cavani is the only senior striker at the club, so he’s expected to score 20+ goals easily with the help of the players such as Ben Arfa, Di Maria and Pastore who should feed him with plenty of assists. He never scored 20 or more goals for PSG in the league (16, 18, and 19), and this season is a fantastic opportunity for achieving that target. Cavani and Lacazette are the main candidates for Golden Boot in France. Edinson scored one goal thus far in the season.
- Bafetimbi Gomis (Marseille)
Gomis joined from Swansea City on loan, and he is the only striker at the club older than 20 years, so there is no doubt he will be the primary forward throughout the season. The former St Etienne and Lyon player have a lot of experience playing in the Ligue 1, and although he didn’t have best of luck in England, he was among the league’s top strikers when played for Lyon. Gomis scored 103 goals in 312 matches in French championship and is the biggest contender to fight with Lacazette and Cavani for the top. Marseille is not strong like used to be, but with Cabella, Thauvin, and N’Koudou in the advanced midfield positions, it won’t be hard for Gomis to score 15-20 goals this year. He has one at the moment.
- Diego Rolan (Bordeaux)
The Bordeaux striker didn’t experience the best time of career in the previous season, scoring only seven goals, but it seems that he could repeat the 2014/15 campaign when found the back of the net 15 times. The 23-year-old Uruguayan could emerge as a big hit this year; he surely has a potential to become one of the best players in the league, and now he has Jeremy Menez to partner him in Bordeaux’s attack – something he lacked last season. Rolan already scored two goals in first three matches so far and is on a right course for 15+.
- Martin Braithwaite (Toulouse)
The Toulouse captain is not known as the player who scores a lot of goals, but this could be his breakout season. He scored 28 goals in three years at Stadium Municipal since joined from Esbjerg, but his 11 goals last year proved to be an improvement. Toulouse is playing with two up front, so the attacking style is guaranteed, and the goals will come. The Danish international had the best season in career last term, but now it could be even better. He missed the previous game against St Etienne, but already bagged two goals in 2016/17.