Premier League preview 2021/22: Back Fernandes and Ings in the race to 10 goals

Villa’s new man capped off an impressive transfer window for Dean Smith’s side, and looks set to get off to a quick start, as does United's go-to guy Fernandes.

Danny Ings is an interesting proposition when it comes to choosing the first player to reach ten Premier League goals.

The Villa forward looks set to be the focal point of Dean Smith's new-look side following Jack Grealish's £100million departure to Manchester City.

The early indications are that Ings will be partnered with Ollie Watkins up front as Dean Smith goes for a relatively old school 4-4-2 formation.

The 29-year-old forward has never been far from the goals in the Premier League, even when turning out for a struggling Southampton outfit.

Now flanked by Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Watkins, Ings looks certain to receive more service as Villa look to progress from nearly men to European challengers.

Strengthening Ings' claim is Villa's favourable Premier League opening. Games against WatfordNewcastle United and Brentford first up give the new signing a great opportunity to hit the ground running.

Ings began the 2020/21 campaign in a rich vein of form, scoring five in Southampton's first seven fixtures before a knee injury slowed his progress.

If Ings is able to avoid any early injuries (and that's by no means a given), he will hope to replicate his 2019/20 form which saw him score 22 goals and finish second in the Golden Boot standings.

Even in a relatively poor 2018/19 season in which he only netted seven times, Ings scored three in his first five matchdays.

Furthermore, Villa lacked a primary penalty taker last season - a role we're sure Ings is more than happy to take up in his debut season. With the addition of penalties to his tally, he is well worth a punt to be the first player to 10 goals this season.

Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes is also worth a look in this market.

The Red Devils' magnifico netted an impressive 18 goals in his first full Premier League season.

Despite United's underwhelming start to the season, Bruno notched up five goals in United's first eight fixtures.

It took him just 15 matches to score 10 goals last season and, with a strengthened side and opportunistic fixtures, he should better his record this time around.

A grudge match against Leeds United kicks off Manchester United's season, offering him ample opportunity to open his account.

And United's following three fixtures against Southampton, Wolves and Newcastle should provide Fernandes with further chances to rack up an early lead in the scoring charts.

Admittedly, the Portuguese star's form tailed off towards the end of the season, but his country's early exit from Euro 2020 has given him ample time to recharge his batteries.

Furthermore, United's talisman has enjoyed a successful pre-season and reminded us of his lethal set-piece ability, scoring a superb free-kick against Everton in a 4-0 dismantling of Rafa Benitez' side.

Ivan Toney

As the spearhead of Brentford's attack, Ivan Toney scored a remarkable 33 goals in the Championship last season, making him the division's top scorer - five clear of second-placed Adam Armstrong.

While he is an unknown entity to the Premier League, the 25-year-old forward knows how to find the back of the net, and is bound to start every game for the Bees should he remain fit.

As long as a difficult opener against Arsenal doesn't stymie Brentford's upward momentum, less daunting fixtures against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Brighton provide ample opportunities for Toney to announce himself to the top flight.

Despite not scoring in the opening two fixtures, Toney racked up 10 goals in as many Championship games last season. He will get less clear sights of goal in the Premier League but can still give you a good run at decent odds.

First player to 10 Premier League goals

Planet Sport Bet odds

  • Mo Salah 4/1

  • Harry Kane 5/1

  • Jamie Vardy 9/1

  • Sadio Mane 9/1

  • Raheem Sterling 10/1

  • Gabriel Jesus 12/1

  • Son Heung-min 12/1

  • Patrick Bamford 14/1

  • Pierre Emerick Aubameyang 14/1

  • Timo Werner 14/1

  • Bruno Fernandes 16/1

  • Callum Wilson 16/1

  • Dominic Calver-Lewin 16/1

  • Diogo Jota 18/1

  • Edison Cavani 18/1

  • Michail Antonio 18/1

  • Ollie Watkins 18/1

  • Danny Ings 25/1

  • Ivan Toney 25/1

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