Top 10: Strikers in Europe 2013/14 (1)

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New stats-based research has identified Europe's best strikers this season - and it's bleak reading for fans of the English game, with only two players from the Premier League featuring on the top 10 list.

Boffins at the Football Observatory of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland used official Opta stats to analyse the performance of every player in the top five European Leagues — England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

Taking into account 'Key Performance Indicators' across six different categories - shooting, chance creation, take on, distribution, recovery and rigour - the study provides a conclusive breakdown of results that proves the most effective front-men on the continent in 2013/14.

To be considered for the shortlist, players must have featured in at least 66 per cent of their team's league matches, meaning there is no place for the likes of Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale or Sergio Aguero, much to the disappointment of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City supporters.

However, two of the three aforementioned clubs do have alternative representatives that feature in the top 10.

Click through the tabs - above or below - to see which players made the cut, and leave a comment in the message box provided with any surprise inclusions/omissions.

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