With 18 goals in the Bundesliga season to date, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the race for the European Golden Shoe. However, if he were to sign for an English club during January, he would change the course of the Premier League season.
As the whole of England was lauding Jamie Vardy for his goal scoring exploits in the Premier League, Aubameyang was scoring in eight consecutive Bundesliga matches from the start of the season. This would eventually lead to the striker scoring 17 goals in the first 14 games of the season.
Having spent most of last season playing out wide for Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, Aubameyang has been given the chance to lead the line for new manager Thomas Tuchel as the main striker. After scoring 16 goals in the whole of the last campaign, the Gabon international has already passed that tally this time around by scoring 18 goals before Christmas.
In all competitions, the 26-year-old has scored 28 goals, and is at the top of his game. He is in unstoppable form and looks like he could score goals in any team. If he moved to the Premier League in January, he would certainly score goals between now and the end of the season.
There is no reason why Aubameyang wouldn’t want to move to the Premier League. He is at a club in Dortmund who are constantly under the shadow of Bayern Munich, and he could feel it is time for him to move into the light.
Interest in the striker would be high. There are a number of Premier League teams who will be looking for a striker to get the goals that they have struggled for so far this season. He is more than capable of scoring at least 15 goals between now and the end of the season, an invaluable amount for most sides.
Most recently, Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Arsenal, with a fee rumoured to be around the £40 million mark. The Gunners are in with a very good chance of winning the league, and signing Aubameyang would certainly make them favourites for the title.
Alternatively, Chelsea are believed to have a long standing interest in the striker. Obviously the Blues are not in the title race, and would have to produce a minor miracle to make the top four, but it is not impossible. In the most unpredictable of Premier League seasons however, Aubameyang could prove to be the difference for Chelsea in the second half of the season.
If any club has the finances to bring in Aubameyang, they certainly should. His goals could play a part in earning a side 10-12 points between now and the end of the season, something that could easily mean the difference of two or three places.