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2013-14 Premier League Preseason Rankings: Top Strikers

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird, a four-time FSWA Award finalist, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and an editor for the site's NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, CBB and DFS content.

For our 2013-14 Premier League rankings, we polled four of our writers to come up with a composite list for the upcoming year. We broke it down by position, listing our top-20 forwards, midfielders, defenders and top-10 goalkeepers.

Points were assigned to each player based on their ranking by each writer: 10 points for a first place vote, nine points for a second place vote, eight points for a third place vote and so on.

Chelsea's Petr Cech is the top choice in our Goalkeeper Rankings, Everton's Leighton Baines checks in at the top spot on our Defensemen Rankings,Tottenham's Gareth Bale was a unanimous No. 1 on our Midfielder Rankings and we see another unanimous choice here with our strikers, as Manchester United's Robin van Persie gets four top votes.
Van Persie led the Premier League in goals last season and doesn't seem to be slowing down in any way. While there are a number of other solid strikers on the list, it's simply van Persie and everyone else.

1 Robin van Persie Robin van Persie Robin van Persie Robin van Persie Robin van Persie 80
2 Christian Benteke Wayne Rooney Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Suarez 70
3 Sergio Aguero Luis Suarez Christian Benteke Romelu Lukaku Christian Benteke 64
4 Romelu Lukaku Demba Ba Sergio Aguero Edin Dzeko Romelu Lukaku 64
5 Lukas Podolski Sergio Aguero Wayne Rooney Christian Benteke Sergio Aguero 63
6 Wayne Rooney Edin Dzeko Romelu Lukaku Javier Hernandez Wayne Rooney 58
7 Luis Suarez Romelu Lukaku Olivier Giroud Demba Ba Edin Dzeko 55
8 Edin Dzeko Jermain Defoe Fernando Torres Olivier Giroud Olivier Giroud 45
9 Dimitar Berbatov Javier Hernandez Dimitar Berbatov Sergio Aguero Lukas Podolski 42
10 Jermain Defoe Christian Benteke Lukas Podolski Rickie Lambert Javier Hernandez 40
11 Olivier Giroud Fernando Torres Edin Dzeko Daniel Sturridge Jermain Defoe 36
12 Arouna Kone Lukas Podolski Javier Hernandez Dimitar Berbatov Dimitar Berbatov 33
13 Alvaro Negrego Olivier Giroud Andy Carroll Wayne Rooney Demba Ba 31
14 Fernando Torres Yoan Gouffran Rickie Lambert Jermain Defoe Fernando Torres 30
15 Andy Carroll Aroue Kone Daniel Sturridge Lukas Podolski Daniel Sturridge 21
16 Daniel Sturridge Gabriel Agbonlahor Jermain Defoe Andy Carroll Arouna Kone 20
T16 Javier Hernandez Jozy Altidore Alvaro Negrego Nikica Jelavic Andy Carroll 20
18 Gabriel Agbonlahor Danny Welbeck Arouna Kone Glenn Murray Rickie Lambert 19
19 Jozy Altidore Andy Carroll Gabriel Agbonlahor Arouna Kone Alvaro Negredo 13
20 Rickie Lambert Alvaro Negredo Peter Crouch Gabriel Agbonlahor Gabriel Agbonlahor 11

Others receiving points: Yoan Gouffran (7 points), Jozy Altidore (5), Nikica Jelavic (4), Glenn Murray (3), Danny Welbeck (3), Peter Crouch (1)