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First Half of 2012/13: Strikers Who Walked the Talk: Part One

by on February 10, 2013

Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund and Poland: Easily the deadliest finisher in Europe at the moment, the Polish international will be the most sought after player this summer. Everyone from Anzhi to Manchester United would want to add Lewandowski to bolster their attacks. Having led Dortmund from the front for the past two seasons, the player has unresolved contract issues, which would mean, he intends to leave the Westfalenstadion, after leading the team to two successive Bundesliga titles.

Stats: 16 games, 10 goals.

Jackson Martinez, Porto and Colombia: The Portuguese giants have consistently scouted the South American states for gems and have been successful in doing just that. This Colombian finisher has established himself firmly at the Dragao and has made up well for the goal drought brought about by the departure of Radamel Falcao and Hulk, in consecutive summer windows.

Stats: 13 games, 12 goals.

Wilfried Bony, Vitesse Arnhem and Cote d’Ivoire: Liverpool had the Ivorian international on trial a few years back, but a concrete move never happened. The striker then moved to Czech giants, Sparta Prague, giving him his first taste of European football. Since, he has moved to the Eredivisie with Vitesse and with a superb goal return for club and country, the striker is likely to surface on the radar of Europe’s elite clubs again. A host of clubs including Arsenal and Juventus have been linked with Bony.

Stats: 18 games, 16 goals.

Jermain Defoe, Tottenham Hotspurs and England: Injuries have cost him a hefty portion of his career and hence he has failed to establish himself as one of the most formidable strikers in the Premier League. But with the departure of Darren Bent and Robbie Keane, Defoe was supposed to supplement Emmanuel Adebayor in attack and lead the Spurs to a top-four finish. With Andre-Villas Boas now in charge at White Hart Lane, the England mainstay has only thrived up-front and injuries to other stars mean he can cement his place in the squad.

Stats: 22 games, 10 goals.

Miroslav Klose, Lazio and Germany: He may be a prolific goal-getter for the national team, but his club record has been somewhat lackluster. But the move to Rome means the Biancocelesti have managed to get the best out of Klose, which has helped their cause for an unexpected title challenge this season.

Stats: 19 games, 10 goals.

Graziano Pelle, Feyenoord and Italy: The gangly figure of Pelle is somewhat un-Italian, but the Feyenoord man is just what the Italian tradition about striker needs. He is getting those goals, and he is doing it at an early age. A move to the Eredivisie did him good as Feyenoord have built upon last seasons success and now have a natural goal scorer on their books. If last season’s experiment with John Guidetti of Man City was anything to go by, the Rotterdam based club has now made the signing of Pelle permanent. But it is only a matter of time, before the Serie A big-wigs lure the player back to the homeland.

Stats: 14 games, 14 goals.

Aritz Aduriz, Athletic Bilbao and Spain: The Basque region club finished on a top-spot finish last season, mainly due to their problems in front of the goal. This year the departure of Fernando Llorente to Juventus is now imminent in the summer come. But there is a ray of sunshine as Aduriz has lived up to the expectations of the fans and has been equally dominant in front of the goal as his departing compatriot.

Stats: 18 games, 11 goals.

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