Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t made the quickest start to life in North London, but can Arsenal fans take encouragement from Luis Suarez’s opening seasons at Liverpool?
In 2017/18 so far, Lacazette has nine goals and four assists.
There are still 11 games to go, but he’s fallen well behind the likes of Kane (23 goals), Salah (22 goals) and Aguero (21 goals) in the Premier League’s top scorers.
The difference is that all of those players have played in the Premier League prior to this season. This is Lacazette’s first campaign in England.
Looking at the top scorers through a newbie lens, only Morata (10 goals, four assists) is ahead of the Arsenal striker. Even then, he’s only one goal better off.
Luis Suarez was initially slow to adapt to life in the Premier League as well. The striker scored 49 goals in 48 games in his final full season in the Eredivisie, but couldn’t get anywhere near that at first in England.
In 10/11 he only spent half a season in the Premier League, as he joined in January. He scored four goals in 13 games. At that rate, he would’ve managed eight in the number of games Lacazette has played.
Suarez’s first full season wasn’t much more impressive either.
The striker scored 11 goals across the entirety of the campaign, a tally Lacazette is still on target to hit.
By 2012/13, the Liverpool man was the second top scorer in the Premier League.
The next year he won the Golden Boot.
All this to say, it’s too soon to start writing the Frenchman off.
Plenty of top strikers, past and present, have taken longer than this to adjust to the Premier League.
I’m sure the 26-year-old will adapt in the same way before long – as long as Arsene Wenger gives him a fair chance.