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He's been on fire this year

7 elite forwards we can’t believe Rasmus Hojlund is outperforming in 2024

It took Rasmus Hojlund a bit of time to find his feet at Manchester United but since the start of 2024, the Danish forward has been on fire.

He’s managed to score in six consecutive league matches and has been outperforming stars from Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City since the turn of the year.

Since the 1st of January, Hojlund has managed to score seven goals for the Red Devils across all competitions which is more than these seven elite forwards have managed in the same timeframe.

Lautaro Martinez (6 goals)

The Inter Milan forward has been in the form of his life throughout 2023-24 with 23 goals across all competitions. However, only six of those strikes have come during this calendar year, meaning Hojlund slightly has the edge in 2024.

It seems more than likely that Inter will walk Serie A this season as they already boast a nine-point lead at the top, with a game in hand. Martinez will no doubt be looking to add to his tally between now and the end of the season.

Erling Haaland (2 goals)

We’ll cut Haaland some slack here, as he’s only played four games since the start of 2024, compared to Hojlund who has accumulated seven appearances in that timeframe.

With that being said, the Man City forward has been guilty of missing the occasional sitter of late. In fact, he’s missed 21 big chances in the Premier League alone this season – the most of any player.

Despite a few blanks in front of goal of late, he’s still leading the race for the Golden Boot with 16 strikes. Of those 16 goals, only two of them have been in 2024.

Harry Kane (4 goals)

The England skipper has been in prolific form since making the switch to Germany, although his scoring numbers have slightly slowed down since the turn of the year.

Kane has four goals in eight appearances in 2024 so far and his slight dip in form has coincided with Bayern Munich falling away in the title race. Still, he is currently on track to win the European Golden Boot.

Harry Kane in action for Bayern Munich

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Ivan Toney (4 goals)

Much has been made of Toney’s return to action following an eight-month suspension. He’s managed to score in four of his last five matches with strikes against Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Wolves and Liverpool.

If he manages to maintain his current scoring rate, he’ll be well into double figures by the end of the season which would be some achievement.

In 2024, Toney is currently averaging a goal every 112.5 minutes, compared to Hojlund who is averaging a strike every 88.6 minutes.

Diogo Jota (5 goals)

The Portuguese forward has been absolutely immense for Liverpool since the turn of the year and yet he still has two fewer goals than Hojlund in that timeframe.

Widely considered as one of the best finishers in the league, Jota has slotted in five goals since the start of January. He could be set for an extended period on the sidelines too after being forced off against Brentford with a knee injury. Fingers crossed he isn’t out for too long.

Alvaro Morata (5 goals)

Forget his disappointing stint with Chelsea, Morata has looked reborn this year. The Spanish forward is on course to have the most prolific season of his career to date, but his is slightly lagging behind Hojlund for goals scored in 2024.

In total, five of Morata’s goals this season have come since the turn of the year which is two less than the United forward has managed.

Vinicius Junior (6 goals)

The Brazilian winger seems to have left his injury troubles behind as he has starred in 10 games for Real Madrid since the start of the calendar year.

During 2024, Vinicius has averaged 0.6 goals per game which is slightly inferior to Hojlund’s record of one goal per game. Throughout the entire campaign so far, the United forward has one goal more than Vinicius which is some going.


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