From Mbappe to Aguero the top 10 best strikers in the world right now

As we have a pause in the league we have complied the top 10 best strikers in the world at this time. With leagues hopefully set to resume in a few weeks time and with about 10 games left to play not so much should change in our assessments of who has been the best strikers in world football at this time.

We have complied links to some of these players and when the leagues do start back up you may want to add some of them into your team. You will be surprised as some are still affordable and on a good budget.

To note the list is made up of strikers goals to games ratios and not how many goals they have scored so far, as that would be unfair as some players have not played the same amount of games.

10. Wissam Ben Yedder- Monaco 18 goals

Monaco have struggled over the past few seasons selling too many good players and taking the cash. So it surprised everyone when they splashed out 40 million euros on Ben Yedder and bought him from Sevilla. Maybe it was a surprise that Sevilla let him go. Ben Yedder is a classic centre forward who scores goals. He has 18 so far and has made all the difference to Monaco, who are now chasing a European finish.

9. Jamie Vardy- Leicester  19 goals

When Jamie Vardy finally leaves Leicester they will build a statue of him. He has stuck with the club through the glory and desperate times. This season though has been superb and the club have surprised everyone climbing to 3rd place and keeping it. They are on course to qualify for the Champions League and Vardy’s 19 goals have surely helped them. He is currently the top goalscorer in the Premier League.

8. Sergio Aguero- Manchester City 16 goals

Aguero gets older but does so like a fine wine and scores goals. What he does so well is get the important ones too. It hasn’t been a great campaign for City who are 25 points behind Liverpool, but Aguero has battled on. Some say this could be his last season with the club, he will leave as a club legend, no doubt.

7. Timo Werner- RB Leipzig 21 goals

Timo Werner has scored 21 goals in just 25 games as his club continue to surprise, doing well in the Bundesliga and making the later stages of the Champions League. He looks to be the next big German striker who is going to score plenty of goals in the major competitions as is only 24. A goal scoring machine.

6. Lionel Messi- Barcelona 19 goals

Messi ‘only’ has 19 goals so far for Barcelona this season, but he is still easily the top goalscorer in the league, and his games to goals ratio is still one of the best in Europe. Even at 33 he is showing no signs of letting up and his goals have meant that Barcelona are in 1st position at this moment over their eternal rivals Real Madrid and going for yet another league win.

5. Neymar- PSG 13 goals

True Neymar only has 13 goals this season but then again because of two injury lay offs he has only played 15 games. That’s when it hits you how consistent the player is. Since coming back into the team in December PSG have looked like world beaters, so not only does he score goals but he clearly influences his team mates. Still one of the worlds best.

4. Kylian Mbappe -PSG 18 goals

Mbappe has scored 18 goals from just 20 games and continues to be one of the very best strikers in the world. He is still so young and has plenty ahead of him. He has been so consistent for PSG and is genuinely one of the deadliest strikers on his day in world football.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo- Juventus 21 goals

Last season Ronaldo scored 21 goals from 31 league games. This season he has the same amount of goals from just 22 games. Ronaldo did not go to Italy to just see out his playing days and has been more than terrific at Juventus. Perhaps his time there will be defined if he can bring European glory to the club, but as a goalscorer he cannot be judged. Everywhere he goes the goals follow.

2. Ciro Immobile- Lazio 27 goals

Ciro Immobile has had an incredible season, so has his club Lazio who are looking for their first league title in 20 years. They might get it and if they do then a lot of it could well be done to Immobile’s goals. It is clear that he will get on the 30 goal marker which is quite rare in Italian football and has simply been a superb striker this season.

1. Robert Lewandowski- Bayern Munich 25 goals

One of the most intelligent strikers in world football. This season Lewandowski has scored 2 more goals than he has played (23). Bayern Munich look on course to win the league in Germany and are amongst the favourites to win the Champions League. He scores plenty of goals, and scores beautiful ones too. Keep your eye off him for a second and suffer the consequences. A stunning striker.

 

 

 

What is Real Madrid’s long term plan for Karim Benzema?

With 14 goals in La Liga this season, Karim Benzema had been enjoying a successful campaign before the global coronavirus crisis brought everything to a halt. Now, there is no suggestion of when the La Liga season will resume and every other division in Europe is in the same situation. These are unprecedented times for the sport.

And so with no matches to preview or react to it’s time to consider some big picture questions. Real Madrid find themselves in the midst of a transition. Zinedine Zidane’s side might be fighting near the top of La Liga for only their third title in 11 years, but this is a squad that is still stuck between the Old Guard and the new generation.

One question Real Madrid must find an answer to over the next few seasons concerns the future of Benzema. At 32 years old, the Frenchman is coming into the twilight of his career, but he is seemingly only getting better with age. So should Los Blancos look to replace Benzema sooner rather than later or stick with him for the long term?

A number of big name strikers have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in recent years. Most persistently, Robert Lewandowski has been speculated to be on Real Madrid’s radar with the Polish centre forward widely believed to be keen on making the switch to the Spanish capital at one point.

For all his undeniable brilliance, though, Lewandowski is only one year younger than Benzema at 31. He wouldn’t be a long term successor to the Frenchman. Real Madrid would surely face the same dilemma with Lewandowski as they do now with Benzema. Instead, they need someone who will carry their attack for years to come.

Erling Haaland fits the bill. The Norwegian has hit the ground running at Borussia Dortmund and at just 19 years old is set to spend the next decade at the elite level of the sport. Harry Kane has also been previously mentioned as a future ‘Galactico’ and with the England international reportedly considering his future at Tottenham Hotspur the pieces might be falling into place for him to join Real Madrid.

Of course, Los Blancos spent big on the signing of Luka Jovic last summer. He was meant to be the long term successor to Benzema, but has so far struggled to grow accustomed to his new surroundings. Finding a successor to Benzema won’t be easy, but Real Madrid must start devising a plan of action.

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Ciro Immobile’s on fire: Putting the form of Europe’s hottest striker in context

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It’s not often that a striker’s form gets so good that it’s almost embarrassing.

But that was exactly how it felt on Sunday when Joaquin Correa was tripped inside the Udinese box to give Lazio their second penalty kick of the first half.

At that point, Lazio were cruising with a two-goal lead. Both goals had, of course, been scored by Ciro Immobile.

The second of those was from the penalty spot, which Immobile dispatched expertly – an underrated part of his game, and not the only one. Continue reading

Bayern Munich’s first defeat is just a minor setback

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It all seemed to be going so well for Bayern Munich but after dropping five points from an available six, questions surely must be asked of Niko Kovac’s side. Conceding a late equaliser to Bavarian rivals FC Augsburg kicked proceedings off before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Hertha BSC on Friday night. Continue reading

Bayern Munich must win the Champions League

As one of the world’s biggest clubs, Bayern Munich ought to have more Champions League trophies to their name than they do. It was 2013 when the German giants lifted the competition, against their Klassiker rivals, Borussia Dortmund. The last time they lifted the competition, Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Manchester United, which now seems an age ago.

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Normal service resumes for Bayern Munich

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Normality resumed for Bayern Munich on Saturday. The reigning Bundesliga champions were under pressure following a poor display against Hoffenheim on Matchday 1 and a trip to Stuttgart followed, facing a team they had struggled against in the past.

Arjen Robben replaced Kinglsey Coman in the only forced change while there was a first Bundesliga start for Leon Goretzka. The former Schalke midfielder opened the scoring for Bayern Munich in the first half in a team performance that set the tone for 90 minutes. Continue reading

Season Preview: Bayern Munich

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It is always going to be difficult for any team in any league to retain the championship for the seventh consecutive campaign, but Bayern Munich head into the 2018/19 campaign with the intention of doing just that, similarly to Lyon’s golden era between 2001 and 2008.

Niko Kovac’s side open their Bundesliga account against Hoffenheim on Friday night in a fixture that could prove problematic for the Croat’s side he has inherited. Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim caused Bayern multiple problems during the 2017/18 campaign but ultimately, it was Bavarian side who had the last laugh, clinching their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with relative ease.

Last Season: The 2017/18 campaign was a strange one for Bayern Munich and their fans. Barring a 2-0 defeat on Matchday 3 against Hoffenheim, Carlo Ancelotti enjoyed four wins, one draw and one defeat in his opening six Bundesliga fixates but it still wasn’t good enough to save the Italian. There’s no doubting that the Champions League trophy is the aim for Bayern Munich, that goes without saying and so a 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in September resulted in the sacking of Ancelotti.

A bold move, his replacement, Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern Munich for his third spell with the Bundesliga club. His last saw him clinch the treble and it’s something that Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had set their sights on during 2017/18.

Although they clinched the league in relatively easy fashion, finishing 21 points ahead of Schalke, Bayern’s campaign was a disaster. Defeat in the DFB Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt, then coached by Kovac and a defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final showed Bayern’s weaknesses.

Head coach: Niko Kovac – He wasn’t Bayern Munich’s first choice nor was he their second. Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wanted a German speaking dressing room, which is something they lacked under both Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti. Both Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann remained top of their shortlist while Bayern’s management also contemplated offering Jupp Heynckes a contract extension. In the end, it was Kovac who was announced and while it’s perhaps an underwhelming name, there’s no denying that the 46-year-old deserves his opportunity.

With limited funding, Kovac has worked wonders with Eintracht Frankfurt during his two-year spell, clinching European football through winning the DFB Pokal against Bayern Munich. Eintracht also played a style of football that many opponents struggled to deal with. Predominantly opting for a 3-5-2 with a high press, it’s unlikely we’ll see something like this at Bayern Munch until the former Bayern Munich defender gets the players he desires.

Summer Transfers: With Franck Ribery (35) and Arjen Robben (34) not getting any younger, it’s clear just to see where Bayern Munich’s weaknesses are. Serge Gnabry returns from a loan spell at Hoffenheim while Kinglsey Coman is slowly returning to fitness however, if Bayern Munich are going to go for the treble, then there’s no doubting that they need to strengthen in the wide areas. They’ve agreed a deal to sign Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps, who will arrive in January however, the Canadian is unlikely to make a positive contribution immediately.

And so, Bayern Munich’s summer transfer window has been rather poor. Signing Leon Goretzka on a free transfer prior to the World Cup promised an eventful summer but what followed was a lack of direction but with the departure of Arturo Vidal to Barcelona, their midfield seems to lack depth.

Bayern Munich’s hiarachy has suggested that Germany international Jerome Boateng can leave the club but a poor World Cup campaign has resulted in the Bundesliga side failing to find a buyer. PSG opted for Schalke’s Thilo Kehrer while it now looks as though the 29-year-old will remain at the Allianz Arena. There had been reports of a move for Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard while it’s surprising that Bayern hadn’t concluded the deal, instead opting to wait until 2019.

Renato Sanches also returns from his Swansea City loan spell.

Prediction: Bayern Munich have the squad to retain the Bundesliga. But to do it for the seventh season running is going to put unnecessary pressure on Bayern Munich and with a poor summer of recruitment in comparison to Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, this is perhaps the best chance for another side to step up and knock the Bavarians off their throne. Even more so given Bayern are yet again undergoing a transitional season with the appointment of a new head coach.

Probable Starting XI – Neuer – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez – Robben, Müller, James Rodriguez, Ribery – Lewandowski.

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Bayern Munich made to work hard for DFB Pokal win

Drawn against SV Drochtersen/Assel in the DFB Pokal, Bayern Munich were made to work hard for their 1-0 win against the fourth-tier side. A poor performance was rescued by Robert Lewandowski’s 81st minute winner, which will surely give fans many concerns ahead of the coming 2018/19 Bundesliga season, which kicks-off next weekend against Hoffenheim. Continue reading

DFL Supercup Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich

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Niko Kovac’s first chance to win a trophy at new club Bayern Munich will be against his former side Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL Supercup on Sunday. It’s the Bundesliga champions vs DFB Pokal winners in the curtain raiser for Germany’s 2018/19 football season and it’s a fixture that is expected to be as exciting as their last: the Pokal final. The previous meeting between the two sides resulted in a 3-1 victory for Eintracht which was masterminded by Kovac, with the Croat now in the opposite dugout at Commerzbank Arena, in charge of Bayern.

Sunday will be just the second-time Eintracht Frankfurt has featured in the curtain raiser, their last coming in a 2-0 defeat to Werder Bremen in 1988. Meanwhile, the ever-dominant Bayern Munich have participated in seven of the last eight DFL Supercup’s, although they’ve lifted just four with their most recent being last season.

We’ve seen mixed results from Bayern Munich in pre-season during their International Champions Cup fixtures and for the 2018 DFL Supercup, the Bavarians will have to do it without Arturo Vidal who has departed Munich for Barcelona. Although, there could be starts for Bayern’s two new signings, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry, the latter returning from his Hoffenheim loan spell.

Like Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt are undergoing a transitional season. Kovac’s spell at Eintracht couldn’t have gone better but now at Bayern, it will be up Adi Hutter, former BSC Young Boys head coach, to carry on the good work by his predecessor.

Eintracht Frankfurt have lost a key player in Kevin-Prince Boateng, who has joined Sassuolo but arguably their biggest signing this summer is the contract extension of Croatia international and World Cup Finalist Ante Rebic, who had been close to joining Manchester United. The forward scored a brace in his last meeting with Bayern Munich, helping Eintracht lift the Pokal while a fine month in Russia has resulted in the 24-year-old penning a new contract that will see him remain at the Bundesliga club until 2022.

New signings Felix Wiedwald, Goncalo Paciencia, Nicolai Müller and Chico Geraldes could well start on Sunday for Eintracht Frankfurt and while there’s no doubting the 2018/19 campaign will be a tough one for the Super Eagles, certainly more difficult than the previous, there’s no reason as to why they can’t push Bayern Munich for 90 minutes on Sunday.

Early signs in the Bayern side suggest that Kovac doesn’t quite know his best formation while they’re going to have play the Eintracht without James Rodriguez, who has yet to return to full fitness after missing the England game at the World Cup.

One positive for Bayern Munich is that star striker Robert Lewandowski will remain at the club despite immense speculation that he would leave for one of Manchester United or Real Madrid this summer. The Poland international looked increasingly frustrated towards the end of the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign while the 29-year-old criticised his teammates the prior season after accusing them of not helping Lewandowski finish top scorer, instead finishing behind then Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“It’s true Robert and I had a chat. Robert knows what I think about him and how I rate him. The whole club knows the qualities he possesses. He is one of the best three strikers in the world. There’s no way we’d let him leave. That’s why I told him. Robert accepted that, and I’m really happy about it,” Kovac told Sport Bild.

Like the Community Shield, winning the DFL Supercup isn’t the biggest of deals. Of course, both teams still want to win silverware at the end of the day but it’s more about signifying the start of the football campaign in Germany. Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich will provide fans with exciting football given both Hutter and Kovac like their teams to press high up the pitch while defensively neither have look solid. This fixture should certainly provide viewers with top class entertainment.

Probable line-ups

Eintracht Frankfurt: Wiedwald – Abraham (c), Hasebe, Salcedo – Da Costa, Torro, Fernandes, Willems – Fabian, Gacinovic – Haller

Bayern Munich: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Hummels, Süle, Alaba – Martinez, Thiago – Robben, Müller, Ribery – Lewandowski

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Japan in pole position to make the knockout stages

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As expected, the Japanese struggled against Senegalese counterattacks but perhaps unexpectedly for them they managed to battle out a 2-2 draw against a team they knew were stronger than them all across the pitch. Japan played better than perhaps even they thought they would and now find themselves in a great position to qualify from Group H.

The draw against Senegal saw Japan stay level at the top of the group with their African counterparts whilst Colombia’s comprehensive win against Poland saw the Eastern European country crash out with a whimper. With these two results Japan now understand that a draw or better against an already knocked out Poland will see them qualify for the Round of 16 for the first time since 2010. The Samurai Blue could also advance to the knockout stages with a loss if Senegal beats Colombia but will want to leave matters in their own hands.

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