9 in-form strikers who could interest Premier League clubs in January
As forrmer Leicester and Everton scouting chief Steve Walsh once told FFT, talent-spotters are never not looking for a striker. Whether it’s battling to avoid the drop, aiming to qualify for Europe or winning a trophy, top-flight clubs always have aims that can be met far easier with a predatory hitman at the sharp end.
Several clubs in the Premier League are in need of more firepower this month – namely Huddersfield, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton and even Tottenham, who face around six weeks without Harry Kane.
So who should teams potentially look to sign in January? Here are some options...
Neal Maupay (Brentford)
It’s easy to dismiss players from the Championship when you're aiming for a quick transition to the Premier League, but Brentford striker Maupay has shown this season that he has what it takes to make an impact in the top tier.
Sixteen goals in 28 matches - 15 of them as the Championship's second-highest scorer this term - proved that the Frenchman could adequately replace the China-bound Lasse Vibe, who left Brentford last February. Maupay is reportedly a target for managerless Huddersfield and division rivals Aston Villa this winter, and it seems only a matter of time before he gets his chance at a higher level.
Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankfurt)
He might not have scored five goals in a game this season like strike partner Luka Jovic, but French striker Haller has made his own case for attention loud and clear in 2018/19. The 24-year-old has actually averaged more than a goal every other game across the Bundesliga and Europa League this season, adding 11 assists across the two competitions for good measure. Nobody in the Bundesliga has managed more than his eight.
It's no wonder that he's targeting a France nod soon. "If some day I'm called up, perfect. If not, then I'll continue as usual," Haller told Goal. I can only do my job, keep working, keep scoring. Everything else is out of my hands, because I'm not the coach. But I feel no pressure." Les Bleus might not be the only ones monitoring him at this rate.
Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa)
Snapped up on a free transfer from Chinese side Tianjin Teda in January 2018, Diagne has enjoyed a remarkable year. With 32 goals in just 35 matches - 20 of which have come in only 17 Super Lig games this term - the 27-year-old has never had it so good.
Call-ups to the Senegal squad for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea late last year were just rewards for his terrific club form, and his stock has never been higher. Leeds are believed to be interested in his services, but so too are Newcastle according to the latest reports. A move to Qatar might put paid to an English venture, however.