9. Timo Werner
While playing upfront for RB Leipzig, Chelsea’s new man Timo Werner never really had the chance to show what he can deliver – regularly at least – at the absolute highest level. But in the glimpses we have seen, he’s shown he’s more than up to the task, scoring goals and leading the line with aplomb.
Die Roten Bullen had been a genuine threat in Germany because of how good Werner was for them. He has not been able to live up to the hype during his first season at Chelsea, but a player of such class should start firing soon.
8. Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has been playing for Real Madrid for almost ten years now. Over the years, his scoring rate has been phenomenal for the capital club. The French forward is now the fifth-highest scorer in Real Madrid history with 244. Signed from Lyon 11 years ago, the 32-year-old certainly has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
In addition to his goalscoring, Benzema is indeed known for his willingness and ability to drop into deeper or wider positions and either link-up play with midfielders as a number 10. Much more than just a goalscorer, Benzema’s seven assists for the campaign have been key to Madrid’s title challenge, and he now sits top of the club’s all-time assists leaderboard with 134. Not bad for a striker.
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang is known for his unselfishness; always ready to provide assists and share the plaudits. He is a player at the top of his game – the Gabonese road-runner is now up there with Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, and Robert Lewandowski.
Aubameyang uses his pace very effectively, pinning defenders down and regularly leaving them trailing in the wake of his bright boots. Aubameyang was the winner of CAF’s African Footballer of the Year award in 2015, becoming the first Gabonese player to win the award.
The Gabon international shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in 2018/19, scoring 22 times in the top flight and on nine more occasions in other competitions.
6. Ciro Immobile
When Immobile’s venture to the Bundesliga in 2014 went south pretty rapidly, you would have been forgiven for thinking that he wouldn’t make it at the top level. After all, he’d only had one exceptional season of scoring at Torino before Borussia Dortmund took a punt on him.
But now Immobile is one of the best strikers in the world right now. He has the ability to score goals by head as well as by feet. Immobile is well-known for his attacking runs and creating space. He likes to press the opponents when not in possession.
He is one of the most natural finishers of the modern era, capable of carrying a side on his back. Two great feet, a superb leap in the air and the versatility to play anywhere across the front three makes him a real handful for any defence in the world.