Three of the world’s finest strikers have all been linked with a move to England this summer: Robert Lewandowski, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.
Whilst all are great strikers in their own right, who is actually the best of the three?
Taking this season into account and a brief look at past seasons, I have had a look at each player’s goals-per-game ratios for the season, experience in certain competitions and how they would adapt to the Premier League.
Currently plying his trade in Spain's La Liga with Atletico Madrid, Falcao is a former two time Europa League champion and can boast winners' medals in the Portuguese Liga Sagres and Argentine Primeira Division.
Falcao is actually the oldest of our three strikers, so one would assume he is currently in the height of his prime.
This has been another season full of goals for the Colombian as his club Atletico fight to secure Champions League qualification. Falcao has scored 24 goals in 28 league games for the Madrid-based club this season, taking his tally to 30 in 34 games in all competitions, that includes a hat-trick over Chelsea in the European Super Cup back in August.
He scores a goal every 1.13 games: the best ratio of all three strikers.
Compared to Lewandowski, though, he hasn’t had exposure to the Champions League this season; he hasn’t actually played in the Champions League proper since the 2009/10 season with Porto. In that season, though, he seemed at home, scoring four in eight games.
Brilliant with both the ball at his feet and with the use of his head, Falcao will very much look the part in the Premier League as he will not mind the hustle and bustle that comes with the English game. The question now is: which club are willing to pay his buy-out clause?
The Poland international Robert Lewandowski’s stock has raised considerably over the past two seasons, as he has been a large reason for the success of Borussia Dortmund.
He has already equalled last season’s goalscoring form in the Bundesliga, scoring an impressive 22 in just 26 league games in perhaps one of the strongest leagues in Europe current.
His form in Europe’s top competition has been just as good, scoring six in ten as Dortmund continue their march toward Wembley Stadium. With all totals added, he has 30 in 41 games meaning he scores at a rate of one goal every 1.36 games. He has struggled when it comes to domestic cup games, scoring just once in four games.
The ratio here, though, doesn’t take into account that Lewandowski has been playing in the harder of the competitions of the three strikers.
The youngest of our three strikers, Lewandowski clearly has a bright future ahead of him; his next move, however, will be vital. He needs to be at a club where he is starting week-in week-out otherwise his progression is likely to falter.
A hard-working striker who is happy to come deep to receive the ball and help out his midfielders, like Falcao, and a move to the Premier League will not daunt a player who already has two Bundesliga titles to his name.
With his contract due to run out in the summer of 2014, Dortmund need to assess whether they sell him now and make some money from him whilst he is in such good form - or risk losing him on a free transfer come next summer.
The hard-working Uruguayan, has impressed greatly again this season. With Napoli sitting in second it would seem Cavani is destined to return to the Champions League next season. The question is: will it be with the Naples club?
Cavani, formerly of Palermo and Danubio, has been touted to leave Napoli for a while now, with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea all supposedly interested in the player who has scored 22 league goals in 29 Serie A games this season.
His Europa League form has been particularly good: grabbing seven in seven, while for the season he has netted an impressive 31 in 38 games. Again, like Falcao, he hasn’t appeared in the Champions League this season, yet the season Napoli reached the second round, he managed five in eight games.
With this season’s ratio at a goal every 1.22 games, he would be welcomed with open arms by Chelsea or City whose strikers haven’t really set the world alight this year.
Another whose physical frame will be suited to the Premier League, Napoli will not want to see him leave, but if a club comes in with an offer above £40m, will Napoli be able to refuse such an offer?
All in all, Falcao, Lewandowski and Cavani look very unlikely to stay put this coming summer.
All three have had excellent seasons and all would fit well into the Premier League. Falcao’s pure instinct for goal make him a threat in whatever league you play him, whilst Lewandowski’s experiences in Germany and Europe will aid him in adapting to the surroundings of the Premier League, with Cavani perhaps the least likely to hit the ground running.
Lewandowski is sure to be the cheapest of the three and, at 24, has three or so years on both his striking counterparts.
Falcao, whilst he is expensive, will most likely bring you immediate results and is certain to score plenty of goals, and Cavani is not just a typical poacher, he has so much more about him, is happiest with the ball at his feet or chasing down opposing strikers towards his own box. His work ethic will go down a treat with English fans.
With all three able to offer different things, it is extremely difficult to choose between them. Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a striker great.
So, I shall leave it up to you, the readers and fans: you can have you say below, who do you think is superior: Falcao, Lewandowski or Cavani?
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