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The most underrated forwards in world football today


5) Aritz Adruiz

The Athletic Bilbao striker did not have the greatest of the careers during his time at Mallorca and Valencia, wherein he failed to score on a regular basis. However, a move to the Athletic Club at the age of 31, unarguably turned his career around. He has since amassed a massive 334 appearances for the Basque club, scoring 153 times. What has been even impressive is that he seems to get better with his age. Despite being 36 years old, he is still a huge threat in front of goal. His fine form earned him a call-up to the national side after a 6-year gap. He scored twice on his debut for the national side against Italy, and if he continues to perform, he could well be on the plane to Russia next summer with the national team.


4) Iago Aspas

The Liverpool fans might not have the best memories of the Spain international, after all, he had a season to forget at Anfield. While he didn’t really perform when given a chance, the form of Suarez and Sturridge certainly did not help his cause. He moved to Sevilla in 2014, winning the Europa league before sealing a move back to CeltaVigo, a club from where he had earned a move to the Reds in the first place. The Spaniard has since been in fine form, scoring 18 goals two seasons ago while taking his tally to 26 last season, winning the Zarra trophy. His excellent performances even earned him a place in the national side and scored on his debut for La Roja against England.


3) Ciro Immobile

Another forward mostly known for his torrid time at a big club; Immobile was the replacement for Lewandowski at Dortmund. His goal-scoring run and self-belief made him a high priority signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they looked to fill the Pole’s void. Immobile certainly worked his socks off for the black and yellow with his supreme work ethic but could only show signs of his quality at the Signal Iduna Park. A solo goal against Arsenal was perhaps the only highlight of his lone season in Germany as he sealed a move to Sevilla before eventually returning to Torino. After six months with the Torino, he moved to Lazio permanently wherein he has been a star. He scored a massive 26 goals in his first season in Rome and has followed up with 17 goals in all competitions this season. His fine form has got him back in the scouting books for the top clubs, with Chelsea reportedly lining up a move for the Italian striker.


2) Dries Mertens

If not for Milik’s unfortunate knee ligament injury, Dries Mertens could have never realised his true potential as a striker and would’ve continued to play as an attacking midfielder or winger. Nevertheless, the Belgian forward is now a star in Naples. While Milik has struggled with injuries despite his bright start to life in Italy, Mertens has taken up the mantle and has replaced Gonzalo Higuain. After scoring 34 goals in all competitions last season, Mertens has continued his goal-scoring run this season having already scored 9 goals this season. The Belgian have formed a fierce attacking trio alongside Jose Callejon and local hero Lorenzo Insigne, with the trio having scored 28 goals amongst themselves in eight league games this season.


1) Edin Dzeko

Easily one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, it is a real shame that Dzeko does not get the applauds he deserves. It was his 26 goals that helped Manchester City nick the title from under Liverpool’s noses in the 2013-14 season as he regularly performed in Aguero and Negredo’s absence. However, with City signing Bony, Dzeko found opportunities hard to come by and left the club for Roma. He had a disappointing first season in Serie A, scoring just eight times in the season. But, he returned to his absolute best last season winning the Serie A golden boot scoring an impressive 39 times in all competitions. He scored a massive brace against Chelsea in the Champions League group stage this season outlining his attacking potency to the world.


 

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