As La Liga’s big three struggle to get consistent results in the early months of the campaign, the window of opportunity has never been wider for both clubs and individuals to catch the eye in the absence of dominating performances from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are the favourites to take the top-flight’s golden boot award this season, but plenty of other forwards have got off to promising starts in Spain.
Cristhian Stuani (Girona, £1.51) – 11 goals
The current leader of the pack when it comes to goalscoring in La Liga, Stuani has kicked on massively since joining Girona at the start of last season. The Uruguay international has scored around half of his club’s top-flight goals since their promotion, netting 32 times and putting himself in the same kind of bracket as Messi and Suarez. Deadly in the air, blessed with the physical prowess to put himself about and make himself a nuisance for opposing central defenders, Stuani is the main man and focal point in a team that are flying high.
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £2.37) – 10 goals
A man with an eye for the spectacular, rather than tucking away easier opportunities, Iago Aspas has been one of Galicia’s most dangerous strikers for a number of years. Putting away ten goals in 14 games, the Spain international ensures that a leaky Celta Vigo defence doesn’t get in the way of keeping things competitive. New boss Miguel Cardoso is not short of attacking talent, with plenty of direct options in wide areas and technically gifted midfielders that should provide plenty of ammunition across the league campaign.
Borja Iglesias (Espanyol, £1.58) – 8 goals
Despite only spending a few months at Espanyol, Borja Iglesias is already getting close to etching his name in the club’s history books. His goal against Girona recently was his fifth consecutive goalscoring league game, putting him level with club legend Raul Tamudo. Physical, intelligent and hard working, Rubi has a perfect target man with composure and a poacher’s instinct. He’s earned his side five points on his own, as a direct result of his goals, too.
Andre Silva (Sevilla, £2.67) – 8 goals
A hat-trick on his La Liga debut was a good way to start, and the signs have looked promising for Andre Silva ever since. Offering the perfect blend of attributes for Pablo Machin’s system at Sevilla, the Portuguese can hold the ball up, as well as offer a threat in behind or in the air. The club’s sporting director has already confirmed that they will be making his loan move permanent after a dream start in Andalusia.
Roger Marti (Levante, £1.21) – 8 goals
When Levante made their return to LaLiga, Roger was a huge helping hand in their promotion campaign from Segunda with 22 goals. After having the vast majority of last season snatched from him due to a serious injury, it was only in the season half of the campaign that the 27-year-old began to be reintroduced. This time around, he had a full pre-season of preparation and has been able to hit the ground running. Roger has the nose to sniff out half-chances in the penalty area.
Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo £2.62) – 7 goals
One of LaLiga’s revelations last season, Maxi Gomez is showing no signs of slowing down. Fresh off the back of a World Cup experience with Uruguay, the 22-year-old has returned to domestic action with seven goals in 12 appearances – making just ten starts. Celta are under new leadership in Miguel Cardoso, with the Portuguese coach looking to put more emphasis on direct, attacking play, and that should suit Maxi perfectly. Great in the air and a natural finisher in the penalty area, he has all of the attributes to become a top striker in Europe.
Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla, £2.16) – 7 goals
Last season was one of frustration for Wissam Ben Yedder, as three different coaches failed to put him at the forefront of their plans at Sevilla. Gradually, Pablo Machin has began to use the Frenchman as a perfect partner for Andre Silva in his front two. Full of energy and with an understanding of what the club means to its fanbase, Ben Yedder is a tireless runner but also has the technical ability and low centre of gravity to make himself a nuisance on the ball, playing himself into consistent first-team contention.
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