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Former Newcastle United target leading the way for Ligue 1 goalscorers

Ibrahimovic is on another planet, but Mevlut Erding is leading the chasing pack of Ligue 1 strikers that may interest the Premier League.

We have only completed one month of the new Ligue 1 season, but there are a few players standing head and shoulders above the crowd with regards to hitting the back of the net. Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the way, obviously, but former Newcastle United target Mevlut Erding has started like a house on fire, helping Saint-Etienne to a bright start.

The Premier League has always looked towards France for its next batch of goal scoring heroes. Whether it is French players like Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona, or the African influence of Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor. Not everyone has made the jump successfully, but usually English sides can count on the French based players to settle quickly and hopefully find the back of the net.

This season there are definitely a few contenders who will be tracked by Premier League scouts and if they haven’t been linked with a move already, it won’t be far away.

Leading the Ligue 1 goal scorer charts is Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he has only been on the field for 138 minutes, but he still has five goals, he is untouchable.

Behind him there is an excellent race, and some surprised statistics. Alexandre Lacazette, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Mevlut Erding and Valentin Lavigne have all scored three, with the latter still to start a game in the league so far.

Lyon striker Lacazette was heavily linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal this summer, and he leads Ligue 1 in shots per game, averaging 4.5 a match. It shows that the France international is getting plenty of the ball, but also in Lyon’s reliance on his ability to create his own chances.

When you compare that to Erding’s return of 1.8 shots per game, you can see which striker has been much more clinical this season so far. Erding could have been on five with Zlatan if he hadn’t missed a penalty against Rennes, or seen Salvatore Sirigu make a fantastic save when they played PSG at the Parc des Princes.

One player that could be a massive star in the Premier League is Marseille striker Gignac. It is a surprise that no one has ever taken a gamble. Big, strong, technically gifted, a quality finisher. He has started the season well, with three goals and an average of three shots per game.

Most of Marseille’s attacking pressure falls on his shoulders, the Premier League would interest him, will be interesting to see if he could make the move within the next 12 months. Especially if he goes on to score 20+ goals this season.

Gignac would be a great move for the likes of Newcastle United, Stoke City, or even lower down teams like Queen’s Park Rangers. Along with Toulouse’s two goal striker Wissam Ben Yedder, these four will likely be the biggest winter targets for the Premier League come January.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com

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