Diego Costa (Chelsea)
There is no doubt that Costa remains one of the finest strikers in Europe, despite his on field theatrics. Conte has channeled Diego’s aggression in the right way, and the Spanish striker has been sensational for the Blues. It is his resilience which makes him dangerous, which in turn has led to many late winners.
Diego Costa has scored five times this term in the dying seconds of the game, the most important being the one against Watford in the 87th minute which helped Chelsea come from behind and seal the game 2-1. Get a great free bet here.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Arsenal might not have had the best of seasons, but the Chilean has enjoyed another fine season since his move from Barcelona in 2014. He remains to be the only bright spot in an otherwise dull Arsenal season. Arsenal should be looking to extend the contract of their talisman; else they will be in deep trouble.
Alexis’s stamina helps him play the full quota of the game with the same intensity, and his six late goals this season is a proof of it. The one against Burnley was a much needed one when he scored in the 98th minute after Arsenal was a man down. He has also scored late against Hull and Bournemouth this term.
Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)
It is a shame how Icardi has never been rated highly despite his heroics for Inter Milan at such a tender age. A prolific forward who has a tremendous burst of pace and finesse, which helps him, beat any defender one on one. Icardi possesses a fine header, a rarity among recent South American players.
Icardi has been inspirational for Inter, and has popped up with decisive late goals time and again. The 91st minute goal helped Inter down Pescara, a side languishing at the bottom of the table. An 88th minute winner against Torino few weeks later saw Icardi’s determination and grit. His brace against Crotone was another late show.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
The Argentine magician is an eye candy and arguably the greatest to ever grace the football field. He has helped Barcelona to countless titles since his debut, and this season he has reached new heights as an individual. Barcelona has always been blamed of lacking intensity and losing their hearts whenever they are behind. This season saw a change in their attitude with Lionel Messi being at the heart of everything.
The most sensational comeback goal was the one against arch rival, Real Madrid. After drawing level from a James Rodriguez shot, Real seemed to put an end to the title race, until Messi popped up in the 92nd minute to curve an unstoppable left footer destined for the bottom corner. He has popped up with late goals against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid earlier this season.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Ruthless, powerful, and a delightful center forward, Romelu Lukaku has been in scintillating form this season. The Belgian is not only about holding off defenders, but his ability to skip past his man and run at pace makes him a lethal number 9. Everton has been in the top 10 of the table largely due to Lukaku’s heroics.
The Merseyside club has had an ebb and flow season where in some matches they have been clinical and some of the matches saw them being completely blown away. However, Lukaku has been excellent with his late showings. 91st and 89th minute winner against Leicester and Southampton respectively saw the Toffees march forward. He has also scored against Sunderland and West Brom to seal tricky ties.