Roberto Firmino makes the cut but no room for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang! Troy Deeney reveals his pick of the top five strikers in the Premier League – with the Arsenal captain missing out while Harry Kane tops the list
- Troy Deeney has picked his top five Premier League strikers with Harry Kane top
- The Watford forward made space for Liverpool front man Roberto Firminio
- But there was no place for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Deeney was tasked with naming the best front men with the Watford captain only picking players that are ‘out and out No 9s’.
With Aubameyang often playing out wide instead of through the middle, the Gunners’ captain missed out on a spot but there was a place for Liverpool‘s Roberto Firmino who came in at fifth place.
Watford’s Troy Deeney has revealed his pick of the top five strikers in the Premier League
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not named on the list but has often been played out wide
Firmino only managed nine goals in comparison to Aubameyang’s 22 strikes in the Premier League last season but Deeney highlighted the Brazilian’s role in linking play between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Speaking on talkSPORT, Deeney said: ‘I think he’s the new No 9. He works hard, doesn’t get as many goals as he probably should considering the team he plays for but also links the play really well.
‘I think he’s the link between Salah and Mane which allows them to get the most goals.’
Deeney said described Roberto Firmino as the ‘new No 9’ because of the forward’s link-up play
Fourth on the list was Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, who scored 17 league goals last season. The 29-year-old already has four in the current campaign.
‘His work rate across the front is remarkable,’ said Deeney. ‘He doesn’t give the defenders a moments peace, he can link play, score right foot, left foot and I think he’s got the ability to grow.’
Taking third place was Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. The former England international won the Golden Boot last season and reached the milestone of 100 Premier League goals as the Foxes finished fifth.
Wolves’ Raul Jimenez (L) came fourth while Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (R) made the top three
Deeney described Vardy as a ‘thorn in everyone’s side’ and insisted Leicester look like a different team without him.
Sergio Aguero just missed out on the top spot with the Manchester City forward coming in at second.
The Argentine has 180 goals in 265 Premier League appearances and has won 13 trophies during his nine-year spell at the Etihad.
‘I think Aguero is the ultimate poacher,’ said Deeney. ‘He’s always in the right place, right foot, left foot, tap-ins, worldies – he can do the lot.’
Man City’s Sergio Aguero in second and Deeney described him as the ‘ultimate poacher’
Harry Kane came top of the list with Deeney arguing that he’s one of the best in the world
But it was ultimately Kane who came out on top with Deeney describing the Spurs and England captain as the best in the business.
‘I think he’s the best No 9 that’s about in the Premier League at the moment, you could argue in world football.
‘Lewandowski and Benzema would probably give him a run for his money but out and out number nines he’s the best in the Premier League for me. And he’s adding assists to his game now.’
Deeney has previously claimed Kane has not been regarded as world-class because he is English and that the likes of Lewandowski and Benzema are always ranked above him despite his ‘ridiculous’ record.