Football Manager 2020’s best strikers to sign for Premier League teams
Ten of the very best front men for England’s top flight.
Football managers are always on the lookout for that missing ingredient up top; that centre forward that scores over 30 goals a season is a delicious thought for every Premier League boss. While scouring the Football Manager database, there were a few players that could compete for the golden boot, and in the spirit of sharing they are listed here for all the budding Pep Guardiolas and Jürgen Klopps out there.
Some of these players have been placed on the transfer list by their clubs, some can be tempted away by the glitz and glamour of the Premier League, and some will involve a lot of back and forth; all of them are definitely worth your consideration. Here are ten of the very best strikers you can sign in Football Manager 2020.
Current Club: Inter Milan
Estimated Cost: £41.5M - £79M
Estimated Wages: £84K - £120K p/w
Inter Milan won’t give the Argentine away for free, and for good reason: at only 21 years of age, there’s a possibility that Lautaro Martinez could grow into an absolute superstar. With world-beating numbers in flair and technique, masterful ability to read the game, and a gifted first touch, Martinez is the type of player you can build a team around. Liverpool or Man United are the only ones with transfer budgets that can cope with his high price tag, but if you can snag his services, he has everything in his locker to become a club legend.
Current Club: Hoffenheim
Estimated Cost: £1.7M
Estimated Wages: £19.75K - £27K p/w
Deemed surplus to requirements by Hoffenheim, Robert Zulj could be exactly what Norwich or Watford are looking for: he’s a bargain at under £2m. The Austrian striker, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, is a decent decision-maker with great off the ball movement. His work rate is lacking, so those around him will need to pick up some of the slack, but his control of the ball more than makes up for it. Adept at taking pressure from opposition defenders, Zulj would make a fine frontman for a team that’s focusing on avoiding relegation.
Current Club: Celtic
Estimated Cost: £12M - £22.5M
Estimated Wages: £43K - £62K p/w
Paulo Di Canio to Sheffield Wednesday, David Weir to Everton, and Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool are just three examples of players that had success in England after some time north of the border. Odsonne Edouard could be the next. The young French striker’s physical presence, as well as his out of this world finishing, would be welcome at a team looking to guarantee Champions League football, like Tottenham Hotspur. He’s not exactly a leader on a pitch, but if he’s nurtured, he has the potential to improve. Edouard is a steal at this price.
Current Club: Palmeiras
Estimated Cost: £6.25M
Estimated Wages: £25K - £31.5K p/w
There’s something a bit romantic about the fiery centre forward that bends the rules every now and then. Miguel Borja would probably agree with me, because it’s the best way to describe his playing style. The no-nonsense striker could be a wonderful addition to a West Ham that’s aiming to better its goal difference. His lack of flair is countered by his superb heading and accuracy when taking a shot. As a target man, the Colombian would bring a lot to a side that’s struggling for goals. If you do take it to the negotiation table, know that his agent will be looking to make a nice chunk of change. Could be worth it, though.
Current Club: Levante
Estimated Cost: £6M - £9M
Estimated Wages: £51K - £70K p/w
A versatile centre forward that can play in the attacking midfielder role if needs be, Roger Marti would be a great signing for a club with European aspirations, like Leicester. If he can be tempted away from Spain, the 28-year-old will bring exceptional off the ball and finishing attributes, as well as terrific natural fitness and a commitment to teamwork. He’s lacking when asked to whip the ball in from the wing, which is why he should remain in the centre. Keep in mind that if you do approach him, his agent could request a high fee for their services. Even with that taken into account, the Spaniard is 100 per cent worth a look.
Andrea La Mantia
Current Club: Lecce
Estimated Cost: £3M
Estimated Wages: £20.5K - £28.5K p/w
This Italian centre forward’s sweet striking ability would add a lot to a Newcastle or a Brighton side that are crying out for goals. La Mantia’s top drawer at hitting the back of the net, but his sterling jumping and heading attributes mean it doesn’t only have to be with his favoured right foot. He’s shambolic when it comes to crosses, and merely serviceable at passing, but if made the focal point of attacks he could easily bag a few important goals for a team that’s struggling up front.
Current Club: Freiburg
Estimated Cost: £6.75M - £9.75M
Estimated Wages: £37K - £55K p/w
Waldschmidt is an accomplished, ambitious finisher that likes to have a pop when he thinks he has half a chance. This does mean he has a tendency to be a tad selfish, but if he can secure you more points through his goals, then it’s something that could be worked on over time. Big spenders Aston Villa could do with his skills, as they look to remain in the Premier League; his modest fee makes him an appealing target for those anticipating a fight for survival.
Current Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Estimated Cost: £21.5M - £30.5M
Estimated Wages: £63K - £80K p/w
The great thing about Pléa is how versatile he is: the 26-year-old’s pace means he can run the channels on the left side of midfield, while his glorious finishing makes him a natural in front of goal. He’d fit in perfectly at Man City. A major issue plaguing him, however, is how susceptible he is to injury. Still, with the quality he brings to the table, the Mönchengladbach man would be a useful signing for any top team.
Current Club: Udinese
Estimated Cost: £4M
Estimated Wages: £18.75K - £27K p/w
He’s not flashy, and there are more than a few holes in his defensive game, but Lukasz Teodorczyk’s imposing figure would comfortably slot into a Burnley starting XI. His sheer strength and balance mean he’s difficult to shake off the ball, so he would give Premier League opposition plenty of headaches. Sure, the Polish striker isn’t the most elegant of players, but he’s not afraid to get stuck in and sometimes that’s enough, isn’t it? For his asking price, you could do a lot worse.
Current Club: Flamengo
Estimated Cost: £4.8M - £9M
Estimated Wages: £12.5K - £17.25K p/w
At only 18-years-old, this teenager is the youngest player on our list; if he reaches his potential, he’ll turn out to be the best value out of the whole lot. Lincoln isn’t even remotely interested in defending – his marking and tackling stats highlight that – but he lives for goals. The boy is pretty much an all-rounder, with the determination of someone who will stop at nothing to succeed, which is an admirable quality in someone his age. He may not be a quick fix, but with the support of an Arsenal, for instance, the Brazilian could be destined for greatness. If you can snag him a work permit, which might prove tough, you’ve got a top prospect on your hands.