The Big Five in Europe is blessed with some of the most dangerous forwards in the world. There is a bunch of illustrious goalscorers, like the likes of Lionel Messi And Karim Benzema From LaLiga Santander, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane of the Premier League, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar Jr. In Ligue 1, among others.
However, the striker is often seen on the side as the primary source of goals, with the exception of a few like Roberto Firmino, who specializes in other divisions such as going deeper and linking play.
Many of the midfield strikers set fire to Europe with formidable displays and scoring achievements this season. In fact, there were a total of 19 players who scored 15 league goals or more in the top five leagues in Europe, of whom all but four (Bruno Fernandez, Salah, Messi, Mbappe) were at the center of the attack.
On that note, here’s a look at some of the top ten forwards in the 2020/21 campaign so far.
Note: Only players who have played more than half of their matches as a forward will be considered in this list.
# 10 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal
Villarreal Academy product Gerard Moreno He started the list at 10th place amidst an impressive campaign with Team Unai Emery. The Spaniard, who won the Zara Cup in 2019/20 after his season in which he scored 18 goals, is back where he left off last year. Moreno has been fantastic since his return to the club from Espanyol and also secured his place in Spain’s Luis Enrique side.
The 28-year-old has appeared 18 times as the main striker for his team this season, scoring 13 goals and assorting five more. Overall, Moreno’s 24th LaLiga match resulted in a total of 19 goals and four assists, and he also has four goals and three assists in his name in the European Football League for the Yellow Submarine.
His ability on the ball was a great asset for Villarreal and allowed him to play for other positions as well. Moreno ranks 98 per cent among attackers in Europe for dribbles completing at a rate of 2.69 per 90. The striker will have a formidable role to play for his team as he is set to resume his European League campaign soon.
# 9 Louis Morell | Atalanta
Colombian star Louis Morel He was never the most prolific striker during his stay in Europe before moving to Bergamo. His highest return in a single season is 11 goals, a figure he has achieved on two separate occasions – for Udinese in 2013 and Sampdoria in 2017.
But since moving to Atalanta, Morell’s story has been completely different. The 29-year-old has been largely used as a game changer on the bench for most of his time under Gian Piero Gasperini and has pushed back the manager’s faith in him and some others. After smashing 18 league goals last season in just ten matches (24 sub matches), Morell had already leveled his tally from last year with seven more assists despite nine matches remaining to play.
South America ranks 99 percent of Europe over the past year for goals without penalty per 90 (1.24), touches in the penalty area per 90 (8.60), and 98 in attempts at shots (4.82) per 90 and for creating shots (5.39). Muriel’s brilliant free kick against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League match also indicates that he has a lot more to his game than meets the eye.
# 8 Andre Silva | Eintracht Frankfurt
Portuguese striker Andre Silva He was one of the superstars in Europe this season and definitely one of the most surprising names on this list. The former FC Porto man is best known as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo Selection By a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but things did not turn out as he had hoped.
Silva’s fortunes have changed dramatically since his move to Eintracht Frankfurt, where he has established himself as one of the most talented strikers in Europe at the moment. Since his move, Silva has gone on to score an astonishing 22 league goals in 25 matches the Eagles In 2020/21 with three assists. The 25-year-old is currently the fourth highest goalscorer in Europe in terms of league goals.
With 0.71 goals without penalty kicks per 90, the Portuguese are ranked 96 per cent for attackers in Europe over the past year. Milan took a massive hit from the € 38m transfer fee they paid him when they sold Silva for just € 9m, and he can regret this decision if he continues to score at this colossal rate.