Goals are always the best part to see at a football game – especially when it comes after a well-crafted team move or from a beautiful long-range goal or even an acrobatically-struck shot. Perhaps for me, any kind of goal is an eyegasm.
Strikers are undoubtedly the main sources of goals, both by putting the ball in the net or teeing the ball to their teammates. Nowadays, you can’t simply judge a striker by the number of goals they scored – but also the number of chances they created and how much they contributed to the team tactically. The role of a striker has gradually shifted, from just a traditional fox in the box striker like Leonardo Pavoletti or a more modern false nine role like Roberto Firmino. But still, scoring the goals would always be the most vital part of a striker.
After providing you with the lists of top 5 young goalkeepers, top 5 young defenders, and top 5 young midfielders, today you will be enjoying our list of top 5 young forwards that you’d totally regret not knowing about.
Let’s check ’em out!
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Patrick Cutrone, 19, AC Milan
19-year-old Italian striker Patrick Cutrone is the proof of how successful the AC Milan youth academy is.
The prolific striker played 24 games for AC Milan youth side last season, scoring 21 goals and assisted 3. And his amazing form didn’t go unnoticed as Vincenzo Montella decided to put him in the senior side, despite being only as a backup. He made his Serie A debut last season, coming on as a substitute against Bologna at the latter stages of the game which Milan won 3-0.
Despite his young age, he has an amazing attacking prowess, composure, and strong physicality.
Nikolas Spalek, 20, MSK Zilina
Slovakian right-winger Nikolas Spalek caught the eyes of many European club scouts last season after performing magnificently for MSK Zilina, helping the team to win the league.
Nikolas Spalek scored 10 goals and provided 8 assists in 35 games for MSK Zilina in the Fortuna Liga campaign last term.
He is a flamboyant winger who loves to cut inside and score goals.
Andrea Pinamonti, 18, Inter Milan
A graceful young striker, Andrea Pinamonti is the future of Italy and Inter Milan. Under the right tutelage, he would grow to be one of the best strikers in Italy or probably even in the world.
The 18-year-old striker made 28 appearances for Inter Milan youth side last season, scoring 19 goals and providing one assist.
He is a striker who knows where to find the goal, but he also has incredible flair, vision, and ball control. He is also a versatile forward as he can play anywhere on the frontline.
Sam Lammers, 20, PSV Eindhoven
Dutch striker Sam Lammers is definitely projected for big things.
He made a total of 44 appearances including 5 appearances for PSV senior side last season, scoring 21 goals and 5 assists.
He is a clinical, calm, and composed finisher. He is a strong player and can keep the ball under pressure, but still needs to improve his first-touch.
Diogo Gonçalves, 20, Benfica
20-year-old left-winger Diogo Goncalves is actually a talent that is hard to miss.
Diogo Goncalves played 40 games for Benfica B last campaign with 10 goals and 10 assists to his name.
He is pacey and a proficient dribbler with excellent ball control. He knows where to pass and where to position himself.