The old cliché of football, told over and over again, to “build from the back” is a philosophy widely used throughout the footballing world.
However, the contradicting philosophy of “we don’t care how many you score because we will score one more” has become more commonplace in La Liga.
Impetus on defending has been abandoned in favour of attacking and several players seem to be scoring goals for fun.
This is what makes La Liga so special. Goals go in for fun and the retention of possession, ball control, possession and class are making La Liga the most entertaining league in the world.
Here is a list of the most prolific strikers setting La Liga alight this year.
Falcao is a proven striker with a knack for goals having slotted away 21 for Atletico Madrid this season.
His positioning has proved to be excellent, and his speed and strength make the Colombian hit man a real presence on the pitch. Falcao currently sits in the Centre Forward role.
Where would Atletico be without him? The answer is in the threat of relegation, without the Colombians goals, Atletico may have found themselves in a similar area that Athletic club de Bilbao are currently in, having sold players and battling to remain in La Liga.
Villa has been benched for most of the season at Barcelona, which is an odd place for Spain’s leading goal scorer at a time when he should be enjoying the prime of his career.
However, when Villa has had the chance to appear he has added a touch of class to Barcelona. His presence allows Lionel Messi the freedom to roam and in fact relinquishes some of the Argentine maestros duties.
Lopez has not been at his best this season, mainly taking a seated role on Atletico Madrid’s bench, with Diego Costa displacing him from first team action. However when he turns it on he can produce the goods against anyone. Last season he netted double figures for Atletico. Along with Costa and Falcao, Atletico Madrid have one of the most formidable strike forces in the league.
Vela is undoubtedly having his breakthrough season for Real Sociedad, having scored 12 goals. He has established himself as a first class player and finds the net regularly - his last coming in the 3-3 clash with Real Betis at the Anoeta in San Sebastian. What Vela lacks in speed, he makes up for in strength and tenacity to both win the ball and set up play for his teammates. He has a stinging shot that has proved to be one of his biggest assets this year and he is certainly a hot property at this moment in time.
The France Under-21 international has looked incredible at Real Sociedad this season. Bags of talent. The 21-year-old plays as a compliment to Carlos Vela up front, and he is excelling himself with seven goal this season, equalling his best return already.
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