Since the illustrious trio of Grant Holt, Danny Graham and Rickie Lambert finally put paid to the notion that lower-league strikers are not able to transfer their prolificacy to the top flight, more and more clubs are targeting Championship goal-getters.
Along with the plethora of exciting forwards who have come up with Leicester, Burnley and QPR, several of the division’s top strikers have been dragged into the Premier League limelight via expensive deals.
Highly-rated duo Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who scored 41 times between them last season, look set to stick around Turf Moor, and the Clarets have also enlisted Marvin Sordell from Charlton.
A former Burnley man will also be trying his hand at the top-flight for the first time this season in the shape of QPR’s Charlie Austin, who notched 19 strikes in 34 league games last term.
Fellow promotees Leicester relied on the goals of David Nugent and Jamie Vardy to top the Championship table, but seem keen to bolster their attacking ranks this summer.
Lukas Jutkiewicz, who scored just seven league goals last year, has already been signed, with the Foxes also apparently set to rival Everton for Watford man Troy Deeney.
Of the Championship forwards who could make the step up this year, Deeney is perhaps the best suited for Premier League success.
The 26-year-old scored 24 league goals last year, following on from the 19 he bagged in 2012/13, and has the physical presence to avoid being ruffled by top-flight defenders.
Of the current batch of newly-promoted strikers in the Premier League, Austin and Ings are the most fancied to be the division’s top scorer at 80/1, but keep an eye out for Deeney if he does make the move up this summer.