The Premier League is home to some of the best forwards in the world right now. The fast-paced, end-to-end, all-action nature of the English top-flight has spawned sharp and intelligent attackers who can change the course of games in the blink of an eye.
Premier League has some of the most valuable forwards in the game
Premier League clubs are some of the richest in the world. Due to their financial capacity and clout, they are able to attract the best players in the game. The value of a player is determined by a variety of factors like age, his abilities, his form in recent times and how many years he's got remaining on his current deal.
Value-for-money is a bit different than that. How much does a team truly benefit from having a player on their side on a pound-to-pound basis?
Without further ado, let's take a look at five of the top value-for-money forwards in the Premier League right now.
(Cred: The Mirror based on data provided by BingoSites).
#5 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Everton signed Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United in 2015 on a deal worth £1.5 million. The English striker has improved incrementally in subsequent seasons and is one of the best marksmen in the Premier League right now.
Calvert-Lewin is nowhere close to being as prolific as he should be. He has scored just 56 goals and provided 16 assists in 179 appearances across all competitions for the Toffees. But he had his best Premier League season last term, scoring 16 goals and providing three assists in 33 appearances
Calvert-Lewin has become one of the most important players in this current Everton squad. His goals have been crucial to them over the past few seasons. The 24 year old is currently attracting plenty of attention from big clubs and is valued at around £60 million.
#4 Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)
Some would be surprised to find Teemu Pukki here. After all, he is playing for Norwich City, who find themselves embroiled in the relegation battle this season. But Pukki is on the list because of the value he has added to the side since joining on a free transfer in 2018.
The Finnish striker's contributions in the Premier League have not been anywhere close to elite. But he played a big hand in the Canaries achieving promotion in the 2018-19 and 2020-21 Championship seasons, scoring 28 and 26 goals respectively.
Given how Norwich City have struggled, Pukki's haul of 16 goals from 50 Premier League games is not bad by any means.
#3 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah left Chelsea in 2014 after an extremely underwhelming stint and nobody expected him to return to the Premier League three years later and tear it up. But that's exactly what the Egyptian international did.
He signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2017 on a deal worth around £40 million. Salah's made an instant impact, scoring 32 goals in the Premier League in his first season back in England.
He also played a huge hand in Liverpool's first English top-flight title win in 30 years as they won the Premier League in the 2019-20 season. Salah has scored 111 goals in 172 league appearances so far for Liverpool.
He is currently one of the most in-form players in the world and has already scored 16 goals in 20 appearances this term.
#2 Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)
Ahead of Leeds United's return to the Premier League, critics were too keen to dismiss Patrick Bamford as a striker who wouldn't cut it at the top level. The lanky Englishman had joined Leeds United from Middlesbrough for £7 million in 2018.
He has since gone on to become a fan-favorite at Elland Road. Bamford scored plenty of important goals as Leeds United gained promotion to the Premier League after the 2019-20 season.
The 28 year old has won over many with his work ethic and efficiency. He has scored 19 goals in 44 appearances in the Premier League since the start of the 2020-21 season. Those are pretty good numbers, especially for a striker who wasn't given much of a chance among the elite.
#1 Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
By now we're all familiar with the rags-to-riches story of Jamie Vardy. The Englishman played non-league football until the end of the 2012-13 season. But his goals earned him a £1.1 million move to then Championship side Leicester City.
The belligerent striker led the Foxes to the Premier League in the 2014-15 season. They won the Premier League title in the very next campaign, with Vardy scoring a whopping 24 goals. Leicester City beat 5000-1 odds to win the English top-flight title and Vardy was their main man.
It is one of the greatest football stories of the modern era and Jamie Vardy is a cult hero in England. Having joined the club for a little more than a million pounds, the 35 year old is the top value-for-money forward in the Premier League.