This year is been all about the strikers. Europe has seen an emergence of brilliant young talent, mixed with true goal scorers. Our twitter timelines are constantly being filled up with stats and facts from weekend matches, often including a striker. New rumours are created every day around a big name striker and whether the transfer record will be broken again. With the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring for fun, this season has certainly been a good one.
The Champions League is often where players are seen to either make their name or ruin it. Scoring in the Italian, Spanish or German leagues seem to ‘not count’ when looking at a strikers stats. The elite strikers step up on the big stage. Edinson Cavani, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lead the way this year.
However, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Modeste and Mauro Icardi scoring on a regular basis in their respective leagues, we could see a lot of movement this summer. Clubs no longer worry about how much money they spend, and will often do whatever it takes to bring in their number one target. Lukaku has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Griezmann to United too as well as rivals Real Madrid. When you put their goal tallies and age together, the figure simply continues to grow.
We have seen plenty of young strikers maintain their habit for scoring, but shouldn’t rule out the old boys. Zlatan has proven many haters wrong with settling into the Premier League, and Cavani at 30 is having the best season of his career. Much like Luis Suarez. Edin Dzeko has just equaled Francesco Totti’s record of scoring the most goals in a season for Roma and Anthony Modeste at 28 is the third highest scorer in the Bundesliga. Known as a Premier League flop, he is now on the wanted list of many clubs.
Strikers are rumoured to move to a club every day in football news, and it’s no surprise. Foreign players are drawn in by the wage increase that the Premier League has to offer, as well as the attraction of clubs with Champions League football.