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Opinion: Ranking The Top 5 Premier League Attackers Of Post-Ronaldo Era

With Liverpool striker Mo Salah grabbing the headlines for his blistering performances, we rank the top attacking players in the Premier League since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

In recent weeks, there have been arguments made that Mo Salah is the best player to ply his trade in the Premier League since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United in 2009.

The Liverpool forward has been in scintillating form this campaign – firing the Reds to the brink of the Champions League final as well as to third in the league, but where does he rank among the best in the post-Ronaldo era?

Jordan Norris ranks the top five.

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5. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

With a record of 143 goals from 206 Premier League goals, Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero will undoubtedly go down as one of the top strikers in Premier League history.

A focal point of so many successful Manchester City sides, the diminutive Argentine has been a pleasure to watch since making the switch from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He pips his team-mate, Kevin de Bruyne, who has been sensational this season. However, for pure longevity and his insatiable thirst for goals, Aguero sets himself apart from so many of his contemporaries. 

It remains unclear as to whether his long term future remains in the Premier League, but the influence Aguero has had on the Premier League will long be remembered, even after he departs these shores.

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4. Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Something that must be remembered is that in the Roman Abramovich era, it is Chelsea who have achieved the most success of all the English clubs.

One of the finest signings of the Russian’s ownership, is that of Eden Hazard from Lille. The Belgian has lit up the Premier League season after season, scoring stunning individual goals and being the forefront of the attack for title victories under the stewardship of both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

On his day, the 27-year-old is as good as anyone in world football and having been named in the Team of The Year four times since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, there are few attackers who can match Hazard’s calibre, nor defenders capable of stopping him.

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3. Mohammed Salah – Liverpool

The craziest thing about the emergence of Salah is that like De Bruyne before him, he was once a fringe player at Chelsea who moved back to Europe as it seemed he could not adapt to the demands of Premier League football.

Signed for £37m this summer, he has now become one of the most adored footballers on the planet – his 31 Premier League goals so far this season matching the record haul with games left to play.

His potency in front of goal has been so high, that he has either found the net or assisted against every single opponent, bar Manchester United.

The Egyptian’s speed, vision, ability to use both feet and finishing ability when cutting inside onto his favoured left foot have given Premier League fans something to shout about. W

hile one must wait and see whether the Egyptian King can replicate his form over an elongated period, there is no denying that he is one of the most exciting talents we have been lucky enough to see in England.

At 25 years old, his potential is simply frightening – and many records could soon tumble before the campaign is out by virtue of his brilliance.

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2. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

Since bursting onto the scene in 2014 after multiple loan spells, Harry Kane has become part of the debate for the title of greatest striker in world football.

He has scored 104 goals in 146 Premier League appearances for Spurs, and at the age of 24 – Kane has already twice won the Golden Boot before even entering his prime.

Scoring 20+ goals in each of the last four campaigns, his only fault being that a maiden club trophy remains elusive.

For his incredible link-up, all-round game, lethal finishing and ability to win games on his own – Kane is most certainly one of the best strikers of the entire Premier League era, the most exciting thing being that his best is likely yet to come.

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1. Luis Suarez – Liverpool

Unfortunately for Premier League and Liverpool supporters alike, we no longer have the pleasure of watching Luis Suarez rip teams apart week-in week-out.

Having departed for Barcelona in 2014 after one of the best campaigns ever witnessed in England’s top flight, Suarez’s name is one still sung at the Kop End, given his incredible influence over such a short period of time.

Suarez was initially somewhat of a slow burner at Anfield, scoring 11 goals in his first full season at the club – but it was in 2013 where the Uruguayan would come to life, firing in 23 goals and forming a lethal partnership with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard.

The 2013/14 season was where Suarez truly made his mark on the Premier League. Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool very nearly delivered a first league title since 1990 only to fall at the final hurdle, going down 2-0 at home to Chelsea and blowing a 3-0 lead away to Crystal Palace only to draw 3-3.

Suarez was named the PFA Player of the Year in that particular campaign, scoring 31 goals – some of which were sensational, earning a move to Barcelona the year after.

One must only look at his success in the aftermath to realise just how incredible a talent Suarez is, the 31-year-old has already notched 150 goals for the Catalan giants in less than 200 appearances – winning two league titles, while on the cusp of a third – as well as four Spanish cups and the UEFA Champions League.

Like Ronaldo, when Suarez left the Premier League, he took his game to new heights, and is now reaping the rewards.

For me, it is he who is the greatest player to have occupied the Premier League in the last decade, and it will be hard for anybody to ever match his talent.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.

About Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through jordannorris19@outlook.ie .