Forwards are the most praised assets in football these days. They get most of the attention and glory. Some of the most celebrated footballers in the world like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, and Harry Kane are all strikers.
Almost all the teams in Europe’s top-flight leagues have at least 2 quality strikers at their disposal. As we have seen it in the past, world-class players like Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi, Theo Walcott, and Roberto Firmino played the role of backup strikers. More often than not, they end up warming the bench.
Without much ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 underused backup forwards in the world this season.
Danny Welbeck, Arsenal
Fernando Torres, Atletico Madrid
Kevin Gameiro, Atletico Madrid
#5 Fernando Llorente, Tottenham Hotspur
Fernando Llorente was once a prolific forward in La Liga. He has scored 118 goals for Athletic Bilbao and 27 for Juventus. He was a part of the Spain squad that lifted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
Ever since his move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Spaniard has been playing as second fiddle to Harry Kane. The 33-year-old has made only 14 appearances for the club and 13 of them have come from the bench. This season, the forward has mustered only 217 minutes of Premier League action.
Last season, Llorente scored 15 goals for Swansea and helped them retain their Premier League status. Known for his physicality and aerial ability, Llorente is an excellent goal scorer and an effective target-man. He is a wily forward and deserves more playing time. But you can't really help it when you have Harry Kane scoring goals for fun, can you?