Europe’s top five leagues are blessed with some of the most dangerous forwards in the world. There are hosts of brilliant goalscorers, such as the likes of Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema of LaLiga Santander, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane of the Premier League, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr in Ligue 1, among others.
However, the centre-forward of a side is often viewed as the primary source of goals, with the exception of a few like Roberto Firmino, who specialises in other departments such as dropping deeper and linking up play.
Several central strikers have set Europe ablaze with their phenomenal displays and scoring feats this season. In fact, there have been a total of 19 players to have scored 15 league goals or more in Europe’s top five divisions, out of which all but four (Bruno Fernandes, Salah, Messi, Mbappe) are centre-forwards.
On that note, here is a look at some of the look at the ten best strikers of the 2020/21 campaign so far.
Note: Only players who have played more than half of their games as a centre-forward will be considered for this list.
#10 Gerard Moreno | Villarreal
Villarreal academy product Gerard Moreno kicks off the list in tenth place amidst an impressive campaign with Unai Emery’s side. The Spaniard, who was awarded the Zarra Trophy in 2019/20 after his 18-goal season, has picked up right where he left off last year. Moreno has been fantastic since his return to the club from Espanyol and rightfully earned his place in Luis Enrique’s Spanish side as well.
The 28-year-old has appeared 18 times as his side’s main centre-forward this season, during which he’s scored 13 goals and set up a further five. Overall, Moreno’s 24 LaLiga appearances have yielded a total of 19 goals and four assists, and he also has four goals and three assists to his name in the UEFA Europa League for the Yellow Submarine.
His ability on the ball has been a superb asset for Villarreal and has allowed him to play in other positions as well. Moreno ranks in the 98th percentile among forwards in Europe for dribbles completed with 2.69 per 90. The forward will have a monumental role to play for his side as they are set to resume their Europa League campaign shortly.
#9 Luis Muriel | Atalanta