As we end another domestic season and settle ourselves in for the World Cup, we can all agree that it’s been one heck of a season for goalscorers. With prices rocketing for each player, and goals being an even more valuable currency than before, a number of players boosted their value with goalscoring heroics throughout the season. The top 5 European leagues all boasted multiple goalscorers that hit 20 or more this season, we had our usual suspects – The Harry Kanes, Edinson Cavanis and Robert Lewandoskis – But we talk about their goalscoring exploits enough.
This season produced many sensational displays of goalscoring from players that we don’t usually associate a high number of goals from.
And that’s what we will be looking at today, the unexpected, the unfancied, the goalscorers which took us all by surprise.
As always feel free to leave a comment on any players you may think we have missed out or wrongfully included.
Most people would probably disagree with this, seeing how seamlessly Salah scored goals throughout the season. But going back to the summer and no one would have expected him to score as many as he did.
32 Premier League goals, 44 in all competitions. Salah sent records tumbling with his goalscoring exploits and has already become an Anfield legend. He’s got the most goals in single Premier League campaign, and he’s 10 goals in the Champions League helped Liverpool to reach their first final in 11 years.
Let’s see if he can continue this next season.
The Newcastle flop has completely changed his career around at Marseille. Linking up well with Dimitri Payet, Thauvin bundled in 22 Ligue 1 goals, the most of a Marseille player in over 25 years.
He also scored 3 times in the Europa League en route to the final. A completely different player to the one we saw at Newcastle and rightfully earned a call up to the French national team for the World Cup.
The 35-year-old Sampdoria forward had one hell of a season, proving age is just a number he banged in 19 goals for the mid-table outfit.
A consistent but never the most prolific goalscorer, Quagliarella had his best scoring season this term, with only Immobile, Icardi and Dybala scoring more in the league.
The 23-year-old England international seems like a completely different player under Pep Guardiola. After two relatively disappointing seasons in the City colours, no one would have expected Sterling to perform as he did this time around.
Scoring 18 league goals – the same amount of league goals he scored for Liverpool in his entire time there – and 24 in all competitions, he seemed a lot more focused and incisive. Along with his goals he also contributed a further 11 league assists.
This may not be an entirely surprising pick, considering Jonas boasts a phenomenal goalscoring record for Benfica. But it is completely justified as Jonas remains one of the most underrated goalscorers in Europe.
The 34-year-old continues to defy father time scoring an unreal 34 league goals, the same as Lionel Messi in La Liga.
The former Manchester United man echoed his PSV form this past season, scoring an impressive 19 Ligue 1 goals, and 22 in all competitions.
After a slow start to his Lyon career last year, Depay really kicked on this time around surprising everyone with his goalscoring exploits including a belter againt PSG.
With only the aforementioned Thauvin and Cavani scoring more than him, Depay formed a brilliant partnership with Nabil Fekir and Mariano, leading Lyon into the Champions League spots.
The Uruguayan forward scored a measly 4 league goals for Middlesbrough in 2016/17, but smashed in 19 goals for a mid-table Girona side this season.
Stuani has never scored this many goals in a top-flight European season before despite being a European journeyman for a decade now.
The all-action midfielder enjoyed a breakout campaign, netting an impressive 12 goals from the middle of the park.
His box-to-box running and a wicked shot helped to notch the impressive figure, outscoring many of Europes top attacking midfielders.
It is unlikely Milinkovic-Savic will remain at Lazio for much longer, as most of Europe is chasing his signature.
It is a minor travesty that Murray isn’t going to the World Cup, after all he is the 3rd most in-form English striker with 12 league goals this season.
For a striker, 12 league goals may not be all that impressive, but the fact Murray scored in double figures for a newly-promoted Brighton team at the age of 34 is pretty impressive.
To put it into context, Murray outscored Rooney, Alexis Sanchez, Alvaro Morata, Leroy Sane, Dele Alli and Sadio Mane. Now no one was expecting that.
Another Premier League flop and another forward that has turned his career around. The Celta Vigo man has continued his La Liga renaissance hitting 22 league goals for Celta Vigo and pushing ahead of Alvaro Morata in the Spain squad for this years World Cup.
This is the same player that was unable to score a single goal in the Premier League, and only netted 2 league goals in 16 outings for Sevilla. Despite Celta Vigo finishing 13th, only Suarez, Ronaldo and Messi scored more league goals.
Even more impressive is the 55 league goals he has for Celta vigo in just 101 league games.