Best Forward's Boots
Strikers are the players who play nearest to the opposition’s goal, so they are mainly responsible for scoring goals. This advanced position brings with it limited defensive responsibilities, but strikers still require intelligence, as well as speed of execution and thought, to perform well in their role.
Top 5 Boots for Scoring Goals!
1. Nike Phantom GT Elite FG
Preferred by the likes of Harry Kane, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani, the Phantom GT is the ultimate striker's choice. Reinforced now with Generative Texture in the upper, the Phantom GT not only provides striking power through its elements but also enhanced grip on the ball, an extremely needed prerequisite to ensure the ball ends up at the back of the goal.
2. Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite
The most popular boot with pro footballers is the Nike Mercurial Vapor, worn by the likes of Erling Haaland and Bruno Fernandes, both who know where the goal is and how to score a banger!
3. adidas X Ghosted + FG
The X is a boot designed for quick movements and blistering acceleration with its ultrathin upper and carbon-fibre reinforced soleplate, thus making it the perfect silo for the forward positioned player like Alvaro Morata and Jamie Vardy.
4. Puma Ultra 1.2
The Puma Ultra is the brand's reentry to the speed boot category, promising stars like Sergio Aguero and Antoine Griezmann uncatchable speed through its lightweight and slim profile, so that they can always be first on the ball and do what they do best: scoring goals.
5. adidas Copa Sense +
Gracing the feet of Paulo Dybala and Joao Felix, the Copa Sense + from adidas has been involved in some of the fabulous goals in top professional level. Fusionskin technology ensures a smooth transition of the leather upper to the Primeknit collar. The forefoot leather is now equipped with Touchpods on both sides for better ball control.
There are so many football philosophies about winning matches, but it all boils down to one thing and that is scoring goals. While certainly defenders and midfielders are not excluded in doing such, goals are the bread and butter of forwards. To score goals, forwards have varied roles depending on skills and positioning.
In a team’s frontline, there would always be the one player (or two at least in a 4-4-2 formation) whose primary function is to stay on the top to deliver the finish. Aptly called the ‘striker’ or the number 9, this forward uses clinical finishing to put the ball in the back of the net, much like Kun Agüero. However, aside from being an out and out striker, a number 9 like Zlatan Ibrahimovich has qualities that allow him to be the target man, designated to win the long balls using height, strength, and heading ability to hold up the ball and create goal-scoring chances for the other team members. In contrast a false 9 drops deep (even reaching the midfield at times) both to possibly create spatial gaps and to confuse the defence in terms of their marking, Cesc Fabregas famously played the role for Spain and Lionel Messi is well known for playing this way at Barcelona.
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A ‘second striker’ resembles a balance between the goal scoring of a number 9 and the creativity of a number 10. Instead of going all out in starting and positioning as an attacking midfielder, a ‘second striker’ instead would swing back and forth between supporting the main striker and dropping back to midfield to receive the ball. The second striker specifically acts as a support chain then between the main striker and the midfield. Wayne Rooney had at times been deployed to such roles at a time when Manchester United had the likes of Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa.
Depending on if positioned narrower near the centre forward or advanced in the wings, a supporting set of ‘inside forwards’ or ‘outside forwards’ is positioned on either flank of the main forward. Inside forwards and outside forwards are prominent during the existence of the 2-3-5 formations.
In today’s game, a player who generally plays on the left and right sides of the pitch is called a winger, a recent trend in a ‘forward winger’s’ play is to be inverted, meaning, to play on the opposite wing so that he can cut inside with his stronger foot. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is a left-foot winger operating as the right-winger in the club’s front three. Effective strikers in recent years have been cutting into the centre, a striker can also operate as a winger-striker, something that Cristiano Ronaldo has done at times. Given their position on the pitch, wingers are also expected to use their pace and dribbling skills to get past the full-backs.