The 10 best forwards going to Euro 2020
In this article, we’ll reveal our 101 picks for the 10 best forwards going to Euro 2020.
Of course, these days forwards come in all shapes, sizes and roles. Some strikers are quick and play out wide, others for more physical and play through the centre, and then there’s the world of false-nines.
A galaxy of world-class forwards will be on show at this summer’s European Championship, and without further ado, here’s who we believe are the best strikers at Euro 2020.
10) Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)
A journeyman striker who moved to Lille just last summer, Burak Yilmaz has been in the form of his life this season.
Sixteen goals in his 28 Ligue 1 appearances helped fire the French club to their first league title since 2010. Yilmaz was the star of the Lille team, forming a deadly partnership with young forward Jonathan David.
Heading to the European championships on the back of such a fairytale achievement, 35-year-old Yilmaz will not be short of service at the Euros. Creators, including Hakan Calhanoglu and Yusuf Yazici, will hopefully tee up Yilmaz for his goal-scoring opportunities.
🇹🇷 Burak Yilmaz scored 16 goals on 10.41 xG for Lille this season, the largest xG over-performance in Ligue Un.
The French champions signed him on a FREE from Besiktas this summer.
Unsung hero 💪 pic.twitter.com/4VTMPa2dCL
— Matchday365 ⚽️ (@Matchday365) May 27, 2021
Yilmaz had never really proven himself in European club football before the past 12-months with Lille. After smashing through that glass ceiling, Turks will be hoping Yilmaz can produce similar miracles on the international stages.
Drawn in a group alongside Italy, Wales and the Swiss, if Turkey are able to get enough service to the 6ft1 inch striker, Yilmaz could certainly help them progress into the knockout phase.
9) Gerard Moreno (Spain)
Another forward who has only really hit the headlines this season, Gerard Moreno is now the proud owner of a Europa League trophy, helping Villareal defeat Manchester United in the final.
Whilst Moreno has scored goals across all of his career, this season is the first one in which he has netted over 20 in La Liga, the division which he has played in since 2015/16.
What a season for Gerard Moreno 👏
He becomes the 10th player from Europe’s top 5 leagues to score 30 goals this season in all competitions.
30 goals ⚽️
10 assists 🎯 pic.twitter.com/PgqKgfbBAV
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 26, 2021
His previous best, 18 last season, was enough to convince Spain to give him a national team debut, and he has gone on to make 10 appearances for La Furia Roja, scoring five goals in the process.
Moreno is one of just two recognised strikers in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the Euros. While Alvaro Morata seems poised to start the competition in Spain’s number 9 spot, Moreno seems assured of getting his chance to impress in the international arena.
8) Jadon Sancho (England)
Moving to the Bundesliga from Manchester City in 2017, Jadon Sancho has not looked back since.
The Englishman has proved to be a huge success at Borussia Dortmund, and the 21-year-old seems certain to be the subject of intense transfer media speculation over the next few months.
Before that, though, Sancho may play a vital role in England’s European Championship hopes. Limited to just 26 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season, Sancho nevertheless returned eight goals and 12 assists for BVB.
Sancho appears a shoo-in to start on the right-hand side of England’s attack in this tournament.
Although Sancho has only registered three goals for England at senior level, his inexperience means that he is less risk-averse. That something that comes as a breath of fresh air for the Three Lions.
His brilliance one-versus-one could leave some defenders with broken ankles, and Sancho has the ability to win top honours, like the best young player award, at the Euros.
7) Serge Gnabry (Germany)
Another player that spent his youth career in England but only made his name upon moving to Germany, Serge Gnabry has gone under the radar somewhat this season due to the brilliance of others around him.
However, with Timo Werner disastrously out of form, it appears as if the goalscoring hopes of Germany’s attack at the Euros may rest on the shoulders of the 25-year-old winger.
Emotional day filled with a lot of goodbyes! pic.twitter.com/PClH8hpXod
— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) May 23, 2021
And Gnabry is more than good enough to step up to the task. Ten goals and five assists in 27 Bundesliga appearances may sound modest, yet he has only featured in just over half of the total available minutes in these games. That means Gnabry’s 15 goal contributions have come at a rate of one per 110 minutes.
Equally capable on either foot, Gnabry has been a mainstay of Bayern Munich’s domestic and continental adventures, winning three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy in the process.
Following Germany’s World Cup success in 2014, they will be desperate to get back on the right track this summer following a catastrophic 2018 World Cup.
6) Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Effectively hounded out of Old Trafford, Manchester United fans quickly learned that the grass isn’t always greener without Romelu Lukaku.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are yet to win a trophy in his absence, whilst the Belgian striker has gone on to fire Inter Milan to their first Serie A title since 2010-11.
Lukaku more than played his part for Antonio Conte’s side, contributing 24 goals and 10 assists in 36 appearances for the Milanese outfit.
The result of such an impressive season is that Lukaku has been heavily linked with a move back to England, especially when it was revealed that his current club need to make €80 million from player sales this summer.
Some great stats of Romelu Lukaku in Serie A this season. pic.twitter.com/64lPf3E66Z
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) May 26, 2021
Lukaku’s goalscoring record for Belgium is remarkable. He’s already his country’s record goalscorer with 59 goals in 91 appearances.
If Lukaku is at his best, the Red Devils will undoubtedly find themselves going deep into the tournament.
5) Karim Benzema (France)
Recalled to the French squad for the first time since 2015, no-one can doubt Karim Benzema’s quality.
The 33-year-old marksman has been a key man for club side Real Madrid for over a decade, netting 279 times in 559 appearances for Los Blancos.
He has been moved front and centre since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the added responsibility has not phased the man born in Lyon.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) May 23, 2021
30 goals and nine assists in 45 appearances across all competitions this season represents Benzema’s second-best scoring return for Real Madrid. Those numbers appear to have made Benzema impossible to overlook for national team selection in 2021.
How Benzema fits into Didier Deschamps’ side remains to be seen. In recent years, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have been leading the front-line.
However, the assumption is that Benzema will relish his return to international football. Will he end the Euros as the top goalscorer?
4) Kylian Mbappe (France)
It is a testament to the quality of attacking players due to be on show this summer that the most talented youngster in the world, World Cup winner and Champions League runner-up, Kylian Mbappe, only finds himself fourth on this list.
Kylian Mbappe, Ligue 1 Player of the season! He’s also the Ligue 1 top scorer with 27 goals! Third Ligue 1 Golden Boot in a row! What an impressive accomplishment!!
— Bamba Tv Kenya (@BambaTVKenya) May 25, 2021
Top scorer in Ligue 1 for the third season running, Mbappe is set to form part of a terrifying French attack at the Euros.
Mbappe scored 27 goals for PSG, including 8 goals in his final 7 matches of the season, but even that form couldn’t stop Lille from winning the title.
In the Champions League, injury forced Mbappe to sit out of his side’s defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals.
Yet, despite those disappointments, few would bet against Mbappe being on top form this summer.
Having made 42 appearances already for Les Blues at just 22-years-old, Mbappe will be looking to help his side complete the international sweep by adding the European Championships to his already bulging trophy cabinet.
3) Harry Kane (England)
From a man whose trophy cabinet is overflowing to one whose sits noticeably empty. It is no surprise that Harry Kane is seeking a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Now 27-years-old, Kane has been the one bright spark in a disappointing Spurs season that promised so much, and ultimately delivered nothing.
Kane’s 23 goals and 14 assists in 35 Premier League appearances – and a further five goal contributions in the Europa League- couldn’t lead Spurs to silverware again.
Harry Kane wins his third Golden Boot with 23 goals.
He also had the most assists with 14.
Numbers. 👏 pic.twitter.com/D4p3qnvl0f
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 23, 2021
For England, however, Kane has a real possibility of ending his long-awaited quest to lift a major trophy.
Captain of the Three Lions this summer, Kane is a nailed-on starter in the #9 slot. The Tottenham forward will be ably supported by an exciting group of attacking talent including Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.
It’s also worth remembering that Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.
2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Amongst the elite list of players who lay claim to being the best ever, Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong at 36-years-old.
Despite an overall disappointing season with Juventus, the Portuguese legend topped the Serie A goal charts, netting 29 times in 33 appearances.
With an exciting side behind him, including the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Renato Sanches, Ronaldo will be hoping that he help his side retain the European Championship trophy that they won in 2016.
Some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s BEST goals at Juventus 🚀pic.twitter.com/P97GlhfUJq
— ESPN+ (@ESPNPlus) May 27, 2021
It could be an even more significant tournament for Ronaldo- were his country to make it to the final of the competition and Ronaldo to feature in every game, he would equal Sergio Ramos as the most capped European player of all time, having won 173 caps for his country so far.
In fact, the Portuguese side is one to watch this summer, coming off the back of a Nations League trophy win in 2019. However, in a tricky group featuring Germany and France, they will have to be at their best to qualify through to the knockout rounds of this year’s Euros.
1) Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
It feels like Poland’s entire Euro 2020 hopes rest on the goalscoring ability of Robert Lewandowski.
Luckily for the Poles, Lewandowski is, without question, the best goalscorer on the planet right now.
Indeed, if it wasn’t for Covid-19, Lewandowski would be the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.
Robert Lewandowski is the first player ever to become the Bundesliga’s top scorer for four seasons in a row. pic.twitter.com/EBRs53d9MK
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) May 24, 2021
The Bayern Munich striker broke Gerd Muller’s historic goalscoring record with the last kick of the season. Lewandowski scored a stagger 42 goals to break the 1971-72 season record.
Looking further back, Lewandowski has scored a phenomenal 294 goals for Bayern Munich in just 329 appearances for the Bavarian club.
For Poland, the 32-year-old striker has netted 66 times in 118 games for his country. For context, the next all-time goal scorer sits on just 25.
Lewandowski will fancy his chances of firing Poland to at least the last-16 stage of the competition, having been drawn into a fairly open group featuring Spain, Sweden and Slovakia.
Could Poland, with Lewandowski, prove to be the dark horses at Euro 2020?
Summary: The 10 best forwards going to Euro 2020
- Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)
- Gerard Moreno (Spain)
- Jadon Sancho (England)
- Serge Gnabry (Germany)
- Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
- Karim Benzema (France)
- Kylian Mbappe (France)
- Harry Kane (England)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
- Robert Lewandowski (Poland)