In recent seasons unlikely incursions on the upper reaches of the Premier League scoring charts by a player newly arrived from the Championship have become a regular occurrence.
QPR’s Charlie Austin became the latest striker to make a mockery of the step up, firing in 18 goals across the Super Hoops’ doomed 2014/15 campaign.
Before him Rickie Lambert (2012/13) and Grant Holt (2011/12) had both exceeded all expectations to bag 15-strike hauls.
Armed with an enhanced appreciation of the goal-getting gifts of forwards educated at lower levels of the Football League pyramid, news.bwin.com have been wondering which of the newly-promoted class of 2015/16 will make the step up?
Four of the aforementioned cohort struck between 18 and 21 times for their clubs last season on their way to the promised land.
Watford pair Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo netted 21 and 20 goals respectively, while Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson hit 20 and Cameron Jerome of Norwich scored 18.
Having struck 19 times or more in each of his last three seasons at Championship level, Deeney shares the reliable lower-league goalscorer profile of Austin, Lambert and Holt.
Yet, the second-named stands out as the man most likely to make a splash a mile away, and the 17/20 about him notching over 6.5 goals in the Premier League next term is bite-your-bookies’-hand-off betting.
Ighalo may not have outscored his contemporaries by a wide margin, but he amassed his total from at least 1500 minutes less football than either Deeney or Wilson.
As a result he netted at a rate 0.92 goals per 90 minutes – Jerome was next best of the quartet, with an average of 0.57 strikes for every full match.
The Nigerian also derived his total from an average of only two shots per game, with Jerome once again next most efficient at 2.7.
Most excitingly, he seems certain to start the campaign in fantastic nick, having plundered six goals in the Hornets’ four pre-season games to date.
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