Euro 2020 is almost upon us, and though the fate of your national team will likely be your primary concern, triumphing over your friends in the UEFA fantasy football league will likely be a close second.
Goals mean points, and points mean bragging rights, so it is vital that your fantasy squad is well equipped with ruthless finishers.
While there are standout candidates to claim the golden boot at this year’s tournament (Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo) a sizable chunk of the teams at this year’s tournament are without a frontman renowned for scoring on a regular basis.
We’ve studied the form of all 24 teams’ strikers competing at this tournament and devised a shortlist of forwards you should consider including in your squad.
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium (£11m)
Romelu Lukaku’s departure from Manchester United was celebrated by some of the Old Trafford faithful but he silenced doubters in spectacular fashion this season, clinching the Capocannoniere and leading Inter Milan to a first Scudetto in a decade.
In the Serie A he managed 24 goals in 36 games, and his form has been equally impressive for the Belgian Red Devils.
Lukaku has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Belgium, including a brace against a stingy Denmark defence.
He comes at a premium cost, but with four goals at the 2018 World Cup, Lukaku has proven that he can produce on the biggest of international stages.
Memphis Depay, Netherlands (£10m)
Barcelona are currently eyeing up a move for Lyon’s star forward, and Scotland fans found out exactly why during their pre-tournament friendly with the Netherlands.
The former Manchester United forward walloped in two strikes past Craig Gordon earning Oranje a 2-2 draw.
Depay has six goals in his last six appearances for the Netherlands and will undoubtedly be a goal threat from set pieces.
The Dutch’s opener comes against a Ukraine side who have conceded six goals in their last two games, while their third and final group stage fixture against North Macedonia will see them heavily favoured.
Artem Dzyuba, Russia (£8.5m)
After becoming embroiled in a sex-tape scandal Artem Dzyuba’s past year has been turbulent to say the least.
The bear-like striker was initially banned by the Russian FA but has since been reinstalled as the team’s first-choice striker and captain.
It’s easy to see why Dzyuba was recalled – the striker managed nine goals in the Euro qualifiers and has already racked up three goals in the Euro qualifiers.
Belgium will be the favourite for Russia’s opener, but the Belgian’s have managed just one clean sheet in their last five fixtures. Expect Dzyuba to be among the goals when Russia face their westerly neighbours, Finland.
Gerard Moreno, Spain (£6.5m)
This is a gamble, but one worth taking.
Gerard Moreno may not start or even play all three of Spain’s group stage fixtures, but £6.5m is a bargain price for a player who managed a goal every 117 minutes in La Liga last season.
When selected by Luis Enrique, Moreno has impressed, scoring five goals in ten appearances, including a crucial 89th minute equaliser against Switzerland in the Nations League last November.
Consider selecting Moreno as a third choice striker and deploying him for Spain’s match with Slovakia.
Jonas Wind, Denmark (£6m)
If you’re down to your last £6m and you need a bargain striker we recommend throwing caution to the Wind.
The 22-year-old has impressed for a quality Denmark side already, scoring three goals in six appearances for the tournament dark horses.
He’s led the line for the Danes in two of their three World Cup qualifiers and picked up a goal in the process.