Kane, Haaland, Mbappe, Lewandowski – Four top forwards who could be ready for summer transfers thanks to stunning form for club and country
Many critics would try to convince you that today’s football has lost the art of the traditional centre-forward.
However, the 2021-22 campaign may well put that theory to bed.
Fans were treated to an attacking masterclass from clubs across Europe with football‘s best forwards all turning up in scintillating form.
In Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski, we have four forwards who are all at very different stages in their careers but share a fantastic ability to find the back of the net.
Kane has started the season slowly but has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances. Bundesliga duo Haaland and Lewandowski have had no trouble scoring with 23 and 42 goals respectively this season.
Meanwhile, Mbappe has 25 in all competitions this season, although he couldn’t help Paris Saint-Germain qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals as the French side s collapsed at Real Madrid.
They have another point in common. Almost coincidentally, these four elite leaders could also be on the move this summer, as their attacking exploits put them on the map for high-profile moves.
talkSPORT.com takes a look at the foursome and what they could offer all interested parties this summer.
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The Tottenham striker has endured a frustrating campaign by his own high standards, but things are certainly back on track now.
Last summer, the player was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in what was undoubtedly the saga of the summer as Pep Guardiola’s side tried to force a deal.
This move never materialized, and as a result, his form plunged.
After scoring just five times in the second half of 2021, Kane is now the Premier League’s most effective attacking player so far this year with eight Premier League goal contributions to his name in 2022 so far. here.
It remains to be seen what the summer will bring, but if the 28-year-old can continue his current hot streak, it wouldn’t be surprising to see City or another elite club come knocking.
What was said?
“It’s tough, he has to monitor the situation the same way I really did,” Teddy Sheringham told Sky Sports.
“You get 12 to 14 if you’re lucky. He’s come to another crossroads in his career where he’s wondering what to do next. “Am I staying at a club that could challenge? Or am I going somewhere where I know they’ll challenge me?
“If I was advising him, which Tottenham fans aren’t very happy about when I say that, you want to play at the highest level.
“You want to play in the Champions League final. You want to play at the end of the season for the league title. You want to play in the FA Cup final.
“If you want to do this, I think he has to go.”
Harry Kane’s season so far
Premier League: 25 appearances, 10 goals, 3 assists
National Cups: 8 matches, 4 goals
European competition (Europa Conference League): 5 appearances, 6 goals, 1 assist
Quite possibly the hottest prospect in world football right now.
Haaland is a player sought after by just about every club on the planet and it’s not particularly difficult to see why.
The Norwegian starlet moved to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 with high hopes that he would continue to fulfill his undoubted potential, something he did in buckets.
Scoring 80 goals in 79 appearances for the club so far, Haaland is attracting interest from clubs including Man City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as he eyes a blockbuster summer move.
If he moves on, we could well witness a transfer that will mark the history of football.
What was said?
“Erling Haaland is already on a different level to Harry Kane,” Simon Jordan said of White and Jordan.
“If we look at big, powerful centre-forwards who are powerhouses, look at Haaland’s record.
“I know it’s in a different league and I know we’re saying the Bundesliga isn’t as competitive as the Premier League, but I just think this kid is a phenomenon.”
Erling Haaland’s season so far
Bundesliga: 14 appearances, 16 goals, 6 assists
National Cup: 2 matches, 4 goals
European competition (Champions League): 3 appearances, 3 goals
The French striker is already seen as a contender for one of the best players in the world.
The former Monegasque joined PSG in 2018 on a deal that would make him the second most expensive player of all time behind teammate Neymar.
Since then, Mbappe has been a nightmare for defenses in France and across Europe with his electrifying pace, he has even posed problems for the most experienced players.
Over the past 12 months, Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the France international, with Mbappe expected to be out of contract this summer.
Although no decision has been officially agreed yet, it looks like a move to the Bernabeu is more than likely.
What was said?
“Mbappe will decide at the end of the season,” Lionel Messi has told Marca.
“Only Kylian knows what’s on his mind and what he’s going to do.
“I’m glad he stayed here this year. It is very important to us.
“He speaks [Spanish] Perfectly. But he speaks everything very well: Spanish, English, French of course…”
Kylian Mbappe’s season so far
Ligue 1: 24 appearances, 14 goals, 10 assists
National cups: 3 matches, 5 goals, 1 assist
European competition (Champions League): 7 appearances, 5 goals, 6 assists
The Bayern Munich striker continues to defy age and expectations as he improves with each passing year.
Now 33, Lewandowski is among the most prolific strikers of the past decade, having thrived at both Borussia Dortmund and now Munich.
However, the German giants look set for a blow with reports from The Sun suggesting the player is aiming for a move to England or Spain.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all among the clubs who would be keen, but any deal won’t come cheap.
But with Lewandowski being arguably the most dangerous striker in the game, there’s no doubt he’ll have some decent offers to choose from.
What was said?
Erling Haaland on who is the best striker in the world: “It’s a good question, it was last year, right? I think I should say… yes, you should say Lewandowski.
“Lewandowski number one.
“So you have, for me, [Karim] Benzema has also been amazing, but Messi is also exceptional – so Benzema and Messi share second and third place, I think I have to say.
Robert Lewandowski’s season so far
Bundesliga: 25 matches, 28 goals, 1 assist
Domestic Cups: 2 appearances, 2 assists
European competition (Champions League): 8 appearances, 12 goals, 3 assists.
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