Many Premier League sides have adopted a lone striker system that allows for the creativity of the players just in behind to make something special happen, before teeing up the goalscorer to finish off the chance. In terms of forwards that play that role, there are very few in the world as effective or ruthless as Karim Benzema. The Frenchman has proved with Real Madrid that he is happy to bide his time and wait for the occasional opportunity – as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale attempt to shine – safe in the knowledge that he is likely to stick that chance in the back of the net.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea operated similar systems last season, while Liverpool’s acquisition of Roberto Firmino is likely to see them adopt the tactic to get the best out of the former Hoffenheim man. The Telegraph suggest that both the Gunners and the Reds have been linked with the Frenchman, while the Daily Star have claimed that Manchester United have also had an interest, as they all look for a focal point that can sit in front of their creative wingers and attacking midfielders.