5 great strikers who are too good for their current clubs
It is often said that strikers get most of the attention for a team’s performance because they score a lot of goals and it is true, there is no denying that.
However, there is always huge pressure on strikers to score goals and if their numbers are not up to mark, then very few people care enough to judge the striker on their overall performance.
All top clubs are constantly on the watch for good strikers even if they already have another in their ranks. You can never have too much is often a policy adopted with strikers.
Manchester City once had a strike force of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. Now, each of them leads their own team. Similarly, Real Madrid once had a strike force of Raul, Ronaldo and Michael Owen.
Good strikers are always in demand but one bad move might be enough for a striker to derail his career. Hence, many strikers opt to stay at a club they are comfortable at for an extra season or two.
There is also the case of good strikers playing for decent teams because of the money they pocket. Irrespective of the reasons, many top strikers currently play for a team that is surely a notch or two below their level and here are five such strikers.
#1. Andrea Belotti (Torino)
Andrea Belotti once lived in the shadow of his strike partner at Palermo, Paulo Dybala, who now plays for another Turin based club. That alone shows how different the directions of their career are.
However, since leaving Palermo in 2015, Belotti has gone from strength to strength. His only season in Serie A with Palermo saw a return of 6 goals in 38 league games. He doubled that tally in his first season at Turin while playing three games fewer.
It was in the subsequent season that he showed how good he can be by racking up 28 goals in 38 games for Torino across all competitions.
The Italian’s terrific season also earned him a spot in the national team where he has gone on to score four times in 11 games after making his debut in August 2016. He also appeared on the radar of several top European clubs including Chelsea and Milan but he opted to stay at Torino despite all the speculations regarding his future.
This is understandable because the World Cup is a year away and a wrong move could severely hamper his chances of making the squad. Plus, there is also competition from the likes of Ciro Immobile, Eder and Manolo Gabbiadini.
The 23-year-old striker has scored three goals this season and his staying with Torino will certainly help them realize their ambitions for the season.