What Makes A Great Professional Striker

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A top striker in the world can create opportunities, change games and put their teams on their back and say follow me. When things are going well they'll be the first to be praised, when they are going bad they're the first to blame.

Plain and simple this position calls for the type of player that has a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net and is a little selfish, okay a lot selfish. Have you ever heard a of an amazing forward who doesn't score? Exactly, that player does not exist.

It takes so many great attributes to be a special number 9 these days. Speed, strength, creativity, moves, arial presence and much much more. What makes a striker great? Lets finds out.

Strikers Don't Play Defence Right?

Oh how wrong you are if you think like this. Forwards are the first line of defence and can prove to be one of the most important aspects in what is called team defense.

The ball pressure, funnelling and help a striker gives to teams defence makes the job of the team that much easier on defense.

Don't let anybody tell players in this position don't need to play some D. In fact forwards that know how valuable playing strong defence is to hittin the team at the other end is a player with a high soccer IQ.

Should Forwards Score or Assist?

Oh common you know that answer, score ideally but an assist is just as good. Why? Because a goal is a goal, personally I'd rather have my forward score because they can be mentally shaken if they're not scoring regularly.

A quality forward should be able to be creative in the final third with the ability to link up, combine, create and finish their own goal scoring opportunities as well as doing the same for others.

This makes the forwards attack dynamic in more than one way. The defending team will constantly be on their toes not knowing what to expect from a player in this position that both set up and finish opportunities.

One Forward up Top or Two?

Well this is an easy one, it really depends on the philosophy of the coach. Some say two forwards have twice the chance of scoring then one, others say one forward with a well balanced midfield helps the overall team be more offensive and successful.

No wrong answers here folks just know that if it's one up top they need to do a lot of work on the defensive side of the ball where as two strikers are more conducive for pressuring the back line and combining in the final third.

Really up to each teams coach to decide.

Do Strikers Only Play Well if They Score?

Most forwards, scratch that, all will say yes they only play well if they score. Actually most players up top will tell you they'd rather play like crap for 89 minutes and score in the 90th then play great for 90 and not score.

Yes it comes down to stats so these types of forwards that think that way are okay to me. In fact I love a player who can't sleep at night when he hasn't scored in his previous game.

Score and be the hero, don't and be the dud.

What is the Single Most Important Attribute of Any Proficient Goal Scorer?

Simple, Confidence! Even a world class striker can have their game rattled without confidence. You start to question yourself, start doing things you don't regularly do and end up in a funk that you don't know how you got into and worse don't know how to get out of.

A big mistake by most strikers is thinking they need to score five goals and be out of their little funk. When it's actually time to back to basics, time to remember what got you there and polish up some of the fundamentals. Thinking you're going to break the slump with one game is foolish.

Technical Attributes of A Great Forward:

-Technically sound with both feet in terms of touch and overall ball control.

-Great Shot (ability to put the ball in the net from long and short distances with both feet)

-Ability to dribble with the ball at speed taking players on. 

Physical Attributes of A Great Forward:

Forwards come in all different types, small quick speedy ones, tall imposing targets and a mixture of the two. With that it's hard to peg one specific set of physical attributes for the position as they come in all different variations. Although, here are some common attributes the best forwards in the world share:

-Strong Lower Body Strength (for posting on the last defender and holding up the ball)

-Ability to accelerate past defenders

-Quick First Step (taking players on and getting in behind them)

-Strong vertical leaping ability (dangerous in the air)

-Great Anaerobic Fitness (able for high intensity work rate multiple times throughout a match)

Essential Foundational Attributes of A Great Forward:

-Clinical Finisher

-Selfish in the final third

-Ability to create their own goals

-Dangerous in the final third

-Ability to take players on 1v1

-Ability to be a target man for teammates

-Creative on the ball

Go on now, be the striker your team needs.

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