With football fast becoming a game more about goals scored rather than goals conceded, goal keepers such as Manuel Neuer are sure to find themselves in a spot of bother when coming up against Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Balon D’or accolade. And the thought of a goalkeeper winning the award seems far fetched, but it even seems impossible, to some extent especially in modern day football.
And undoubtedly so, there’s no shortage of young forwards coming through the ranks at their respective clubs. And in this commercial game, these young men aren’t saved of attention from bigger clubs. So, here are some young hitmen who’ve been capturing a lot of eyeballs these days.
NOTE: This excludes Neymar and Stephan El-Shaarawy etc.
Alexandre Lacazette: Olympique Lyon
The highest scoring Frenchman, who has scored 23 times in Ligue 1 has undoubtedly been on fire. Way ahead on the goal scoring charts, Lacazette is on the radar of English giants, who’re waiting to make a statement signing which would signal their intent.
Lacazette is someone who’s a complete forward. he scores, creates and assists. He’s a keen dribbler too and makes 2.6 dribbles per game, apart from the fact that he can skip past the opposition defenders in some style and guile. His versatility ensures that his tool kit allows him to play out wide too. A hardworker and someone who is at the centre of everything that happens for Lyon, Lacazette scores all types of goals ranging from long rangers, volleys and tap ins.
His weakness of not being very good in the air comes in as a disadvantage for United but not for a side like Liverpool, who adhere to a more vertical style of play. But his overall strength and ability to link up well with players around him makes him a ferocious contender.