Bony off to a flyer, but who is the Premier League’s best new striker?

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Swansea City, Sunderland and Norwich City are among those to have signed new forwards this summer, which will prove the best buy?

Wilfried Bony was the first of the Premier League’s new additions to find the net in a competitive game this season, with the Swansea City player scoring a brace in his team’s 4-0 win over Malmo in the Europa league qualifying rounds.

After scoring 31 times in 30 league games for Vitesse Arnhem last season, Bony is one of the most exciting new arrivals in the league, and it partnership with Michu could see Swansea compete for top six next season.

But Bony is far from the only new striker with an impressive record, with Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore scoring 23 times in the Eredivisie last season with AZ. The American struggled in his one previous season in Premier League, but still just 23, he has plenty of time to put that right at the Stadium of Light.

Then there is Norwich, who have signed Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper, who have both scored over 20 goals in all competitions in each of their past three seasons.

Hooper has been prolific at Celtic, whilst Van Wolfswinkel impressed at Sporting Lisbon, and their partnership, along with Chris Hughton’s other impressive signings, should see Norwich aiming at a top ten finish.

There is no shortage of quality arriving at the biggest teams either, with Tottenham hotspur and Manchester City both splashing out for Spain internationals. Roberto Soldado signed for Spurs this week, and looks like the top class forward the London side has needed for several years, whilst City bought Alvaro Negredo, who scored 25 La Liga goals last season.

The Premier League runners up also bought Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina, who has the ability to become one of the best players in the league. He might take a little time to settle, but when either creating chances or finishing them, Jovetic is a class act who could be crucial to City’s hopes in the league and in Europe.

The newly promoted sides have picked up some exciting young talent too, with Cardiff City signing Andreas Cornelius from Copenhagen, and Crystal Palace dipping into the Football League for Dwight Gayle, who both have the talent to be key players for their clubs next season.

There are other forwards arriving, along with some old faces moving to new clubs in the Premier League, but the above are a selection of some of the most exciting new strikers. Which do you think will have the biggest impact next year?

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