When it comes to naming the two best strikers in the Premier League right now, there are two names that spring to mind.
I don’t need to tell you who they because you already know, they’re pictured above and obviously the best two in the business.. But who is the third best? The one who isn’t quite on the same level but can still be considered up there with the best?
Three of our writers discuss who they think is currently the Premier League’s third best striker below and you’re bound to disagree with them…
Roberto Firmino. He’s arguably not a striker at all, but that’s what makes Firmino so effective in Liverpool’s system, combining a consistent supply of goals with virtually impeccable all-round performances – he made six tackles against Southampton on Sunday, the most of any Reds player.
Would he be able to perform to the same levels in a different team? Perhaps not. But he’s proved the perfect foil for Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp is getting the best out of him.
He may have only just arrived in England and didn’t really make too much of an impact against Tottenham, but for me the third best striker in the Premier League is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have struggled with consistency this season and the Gabon international’s impeccable goalscoring record for Dortmund – as well as his attributes – mean that he will be a huge threat to top flight defences once he properly settles in.
The 28-year-old showed how good he can be with the fine dinked goal against Everton, and I for one am looking forward to seeing more from him in the coming months and years.
This is a hard question not least because of what counts as a ‘striker’ these days. On the basis that Mohamed Salah is nominally characterised as an ‘attacker’ rather than what we’d traditionally consider a good ol’ number 9, and that the same probably goes for the likes of Roberto Firmino and Alexis Sanchez, too, that makes this an almost impossible question to answer.
That’s compounded by the fact that all of the other men in the normal ‘striker’ category have spent large periods of this season off form. Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette are three of the biggest names in European football, but none have hit top form and remained there. Lacazette has yet to reach Premier League double figures, Morata has exactly as many league goals as Wayne Rooney, and Lukaku – with the highest tally of the lot – has still just over half as many as top scorer Harry Kane.
With that in mind, I’m going to go for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Although he hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League just yet, he has done in other countries and is one of the world’s most prolific strikers. He has shown that he can do it in France, firing Saint-Etienne to their first trophy in 32 years and almost taking them into the Champions League for the first time in his spell at the club, before becoming a world star at Borussia Dortmund.
On form, he’s probably not the top choice in race for third-best on this list, but in terms of talent, he’s most definitely up there.