Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun makes top goalscorers of 2023 list

Folarin Balogun Credit: Alamy
Folarin Balogun Credit: Alamy

Kylian Mbappe led the 2022 top goalscorers list by six goals from the old man at Barcelona. But he could not win France the World Cup, the daft fraud.

He is already in the running for the 2023 annual goalscorers award (that does not actually exist).

The criteria: All club goals in all competitions for clubs in top five leagues.


10) Victor Osimhen – Napoli (5 goals)
Five goals in five Serie A games in 2023 have catapulted him to the top of the Serie A goalscoring charts and into the attentions of Europe’s big clubs, with Manchester United said to be very interested in the Nigerian as a long-term striker solution.


9) Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City (5 goals)
“Since we came back for World Cup, he is playing really, really well,” said Pep Guardiola, who has watched the Algerian score five goals in 2023, all against Tottenham or Chelsea.


8) Folarin Balogun – Reims (5 goals)
The in-form Arsenal striker of 2023 is on loan in France, where he scored a first professional hat-trick against Lorient.


7) Kylian Mbappe – PSG (5 goals)
Now this is stat-padding; all five goals were scored against non-league side US Pays de Cassel. And he has failed to score in three Ligue Un games which PSG have somehow failed to win.


6) Lautaro Martinez – Inter Milan (6 goals)
Six goals. Eight games. Three different competitions. He has taken well to being a World Cup winner.


5) Youssef En-Nesyri – Sevilla (6 goals)
A hat-trick against Linares was less impressive than strikes against Osasuna and Elche (his first of the season in La Liga) last week but we don’t expect him to stay in the upper reaches of this list for long.


4) Thijs Dallinga – Toulouse (6 goals)
Us neither. He’s Dutch, he cost them about £2m in the summer and although there was some stat-padding against a fifth-tier French side in the cup, a brace v Strasbourg was more impressive.


3) Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco (7 goals)
A hat-trick against Ajaccio made it 11 league goals for the season for the Frenchman who did not even make the World Cup squad. Then he added another v Auxerre.


2) Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (7 goals)
Seven goals in eight games. The man is on fire.


1) Ademola Lookman – Atalanta (7 goals)
Weren’t expecting that, were you? He has already scored more goals this season for Atalanta than in two on-loan Premier League seasons at Fulham and Leicester City. A goal every 57 minutes in 2023, is it?



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