Ranking the 9 most-expensive forwards ahead of the new Dream Team season

We’re just hours away from the start of the new Dream Team season.

Scoring starts the moment Brentford v Arsenal kicks off at 8pm tonight – any changes you make after this time will come out of your August transfer allowance so make sure your XI is in tip-top shape beforehand.

While savvy bargains and clever differentials provide additional advantages, every good Dream Team relies heavily on prolific goalscorers.

Here we’ve ranked all nine £5.0m+ forwards in the game ahead of Game Week 1…

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9 Alexandre Lacazette (£5.0m)

Arsenal’s No9 has copped his fair share of criticism and his unfair share too in recent seasons.

The Frenchman has proved to be a regular goalscorer in the Premier League but seems unable to take that next step into the top-tier category.

Lacazette has never failed to reach double figures in the terms of league goals in each of his four seasons with the Gunners but he’s never reached 15.

8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£5.0m)

A low ranking for the man who shared the Golden Boot in 2018/19 but more recent evidence suggests his powers are waning.

Last season was his worst in terms of goals for a decade and at 32 years old the worry is he won’t be able to recapture his prime form.

His quality can not be denied but playing out wide on the left just doesn’t seem to work for him like it used to.

7 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.0m)

Unlike Aubameyang, Everton’s centre-forward enjoyed his best ever season last time out, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.

The 24-year-old is on an upward curve and was a favourite among Dream Team gaffers last term after exploding out of the blocks, racking up 50 points in no time at all thanks to a hat-trick in Game Week 2.

However, Everton don’t have European fixtures to fulfil and fans are pessimistic in regards to what their team can achieve under Rafa Benitez – a more defensive set-up might limit DCL’s chances.

6 Marcus Rashford (£5.0m)

Man United’s homegrown hero is set to miss the start of the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery but we have to take his overall potential into account.

Rashford was the fourth-best player overall in Dream Team last season after amassing 257 points!

It’s easy to forget the England international is still just 23 years old given 2021/22 will be his seventh season as a professional.

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5 Sadio Mane (£5.5m)

You can tell how good Liverpool’s No10 is by the reaction to his efforts last season – many considered him a flop but the numbers tell a different story.

He registered 16 goals and 11 assists in all competitions – an excellent contribution for a wide forward by normal standards.

The point being, even when Mane isn’t at his best he’s still better than most other players in his position.

Most expect Liverpool to be stronger this season with the return of Virgil van Dijk (£5.0m) and, as one of the absolute best Dream Team assets of the last three years, Mane’s quality shouldn’t be overlooked.

4 Son Heung-min (£5.0m)

With or without Harry Kane (£7.0m), the South Korean superstar is a formidable proposition.

Spurs may have faded dramatically after an encouraging start to the campaign but when all was said and done, Son had 21 goals and 15 assists to his name in 2020/21.

Previously thought of as an accomplice, the 29-year-old has become an outstanding player in his own right and is deservedly the third-most popular forward in the game at the time of writing.

3 Harry Kane (£7.0m)

Controversy here given Dream Team’s most-expensive player racked up a massive points tally of 357 last season – putting him 92 points clear of the nearest rival in his position.

However, there are other factors to consider outside of his golden boots.

At the time of writing we have to work under the assumption that Kane is a Spurs player and while we have no reason to question his professionalism, it would natural for him become demotivated if the transfer window closes with him as a north London resident.

A move to Man City would change everything, instantly putting him right at the top of this list.

2 Romelu Lukaku (£6.5m)

Everything is aligned for the hulking Belgian to finally make his mark at Stamford Bridge, ten years after he first signed for Chelsea.

He’s got 113 Premier League goals in the locker already, a prolific record at international level, and he’s coming off the back of an inspirational year for Inter – where he scored 64 goals in 95 games.

The Blues have a squad bursting with talent and a manger who guided them to European glory.

Centre-forward was the only question left to answer for the Blues and they’ve answered it by signing one of the top five strikers in the world.

1 Mohamed Salah (£6.0m)

For sheer brilliance over a time frame spanning five years, Anfield’s Egyptian King just can’t be matched.

Even last season, when Liverpool’s returns were down across the board, Salah produced 265 points after plundering 31 goals in all competitions.

His record-breaking 2017/18 campaign stands alone but his relentless brilliance since then shouldn’t be taken for granted.

The fact he’s starting £1.0m cheaper than Kane makes him even more appealing.

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