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Adam Digby On June - 6 - 2011

Vote For The Team Of The Season ~ Striker

Serie A Weekly readers have been able to choose their own Team of the Year, voting for players nominated by the writing and editing team. The team will line up 4-3-1-2, the most common used formation in Serie A in recent times. Last up for your selection are the strikers so read on as our writers give you their choice and tell you why. Please leave a comment and remember to vote for the two you want to see in the team. You can also go back and vote for:

Goalkeeper here

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These polls will begin to close in the coming days, so get your votes in now!

Samuel Eto’o (Inter) Nominated by Lorenzo Vicini

Played somewhat out of position under Mourinho, Samuel Eto’o reverted back to his more comfortable attacking role with great results. During the disastrous Benitez reign, Eto’o almost single-handedly carried Inter throughout the Serie A campaign as well as the Champions League. His game is a combination of explosiveness in front of goal and great vision to feed his teammates – a complete striker.

Many may give the nod to Di Natale for his Serie A leading goal tally or Edinson Cavani for his breakout season, but the facts point to Samuel Eto’o as the league’s most consistent and dangerous striker. The Cameroonian was a workhorse for an Inter side that had lost its way for most of the first half of the season. Yet, he never stopped being the go-to guy for the Nerazzurri even after the break. His final tally reads a whopping 34 goals and 14 assists in 49 total matches for Inter. More importantly, he has been humongous in the biggest matches whether it be the Champions League or his Coppa Italia winning double in the last match of the season. There has been no better complete striker in Serie A than Samuel Eto’o.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) Nominated by Qasá Alom

Do not let the steady wane of Zlatan’s influence on Milan’s fortunes in the final part of the season fool you from what has been another stellar season. Ibrahimovic has given the Rossoneri the platform necessary to win their seventeeth league title by bludgeoning all the opposition before the likes of Pato and Robinho landed the knock out blows. During the winter Zlatan’s form was imperious leading to the inevitable comparisons with Marco Van Basten. Perhaps for the first time in his career, these remarks were justifiable If the awards were simply down to statistics then Ibra would certainly be behind the likes of Cavani and Di Natale, however the big Swede was crucial in instilling a winning mentality into Milan and his new found work ethic coupled with the usual moments of Ibracadabra clearly show why he is the most complete forward in Serie A.

Marco Di Vaio (Bologna) Nominated by Francesco Pizzolla

Bologna has long been a place where great strikers resurrect their careers. Both Roberto Baggio and Giuseppe Signori in the past donned the Rossoblu jersey and had the best seasons of their careers with Bologna. Marco Di Vaio definitely can be added to that list. Di Vaio was always a great player, definitely hindered by the fact that in his prime legendary players like Inzaghi, Vieri, Totti, and Del Piero were also in their prime. After some disappointing seasons and his career appearing to be at an end, Bologna took a gamble on Di Vaio and he has repaid them with 55 goals in 103 appearances. In his first season with Bologna he managed to score an astonishing 24 goals, and in his second he scored 12 because he was dealing with injuries. However, this season was without a doubt Di Vaio’s best at Bologna and one of his best in Serie A.

In a season where Bologna were faced with terrible front office problems where players weren’t getting paid and points were deducted from the table, Di Vaio led the Rossoblu to a comfortable salvation, scoring 19 goals and putting in some monster performances. At one point during the season manager Alberto Malesani said “If Di Vaio doesn’t score for us, nobody scores for us”, showing just how important he was to the Bologna team this season. He also managed to surpass both Gianni Rivera and Roberto Bettega in the all-time Serie A goalscoring rankings and Giacomo Bulgarelli in the Bologna all-time scoring rankings. Although he isn’t getting any younger, Di Vaio is certainly showing no signs of stopping.

Alexis Sanchez (Udinese) Nominated by Stuart Harper

The impact created by Alexis Sanchez has seen the young Chilean virtually keep quiet teammate and Serie A ‘capocannoniere’ Antonio Di Natale. While ‘Toto’ is a predator of the highest order, Sanchez presents Udinese with both a direct gaol threat (twelve this campaign), and indirectly (six assists) and, notwithstanding the goals that have ultimately derived from supercharged, Sanchez led forays. It is easy to assess the merits of strikers based solely on goals returned, by in the modern game players are expected to offer their respective teams options - and offensively speaking, Sanchez delivers handsomely.

Such has been the quality of Sanchez’s play, he now ranks amongst football’s most wanted commodities. Whether it is Cruyff turns, Ronaldo style step-overs or mesmerising, ‘Messi-esque’ runs, Sanchez possesses a startling array of skills complemented by latent pace and critically, an often telling end product. The list of suitors eager to garner the Sanchez signature reads like a who’s who of the modern game. Should Guidolin persuade Sanchez to remain at the Friuli, it will be a monumental coup, but with football’s behemoths monitoring the Chilean, the Zebrette may well end up facing their superstar striker.

Alessandro Matri (Cagliari/Juve) Nominated by Julian De Martinis

Given Alessandro Matri’s late-bloomer status and Juventus’s immensely disappointing season, the striker himself may have gone overlooked in a year when he truly shone. He finished the season with 20 goals, earning him fourth on the capocannoniere charts. Only a single one of those goals was a penalty and ten were the first goals in their respective matches, illustrating Matri’s deadly finishing ability. With 11 goals for Cagliari and then 9 for Juventus after his January move, Matri was prolific all season and in big games as well, scoring against the likes of Inter in the Derby D’Italia as well as Roma and Palermo. Though the Old Lady flopped massively this season, he surely didn’t.

Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) Nominated by Scot Munroe

At the age of 33 he has had a stellar season for Udinese, with his help Udinese finished fourth and will be in the Champions League for next season and will be in the fourth qualifying round of the competition. In the past two seasons he has scored 57 goals, last season he scored 29 and this season he fell one short and finished with 28 for this season. In a brilliant season for the club Di Natale was part of a deadly duo with Alexis Sanchez who was also deadly and they forged a brilliant partnership up front, but it looks like that the latter will be on his way to bigger things.

Edinson Cavani (Napoli) Nominated by TB

Edinson Cavani has been the revelation of the 2010-11 Serie A season, lighting up both the pitch and goal scoring charts since his move to Napoli last summer.  No one could have predicted the Uruguayan’s ascent to stardom, nor could anyone foresee the impact that he would have for his new club. Cavani ended the season as Napoli’s highest scorer and came in second in the capocannoniere race with 26 goals, finishing only behind Udinese’s Antonio di Natale.  What is more impressive than his goal tally, though, is how many games he only needed to achieve his goal total. Cavani’s season ended prematurely due to a questionable red card that saw him miss the final three matches of the season, which ultimately ended his quest to be Serie A’s top scorer after only the 35th round.

Cavani led Napoli’s charge all year long, coming up with wonder goals as well as delivering knock out blows to the opposition in injury time on more than one occasion.  Il Partenopei have also reached the promised land of Champions League football next year with a more than respectable third place finish in the league, thanks to the inspired play of “El Matador.”  At only 24, his future shines brightly and Napoli tifosi can only be ecstatic to know that he will be lighting up the San Paolo for years to come.[polldaddy poll=5116280]

  • fidel

    Etoo scored 37 goals and 16 assist not 34 goals and 14 assist.he is serie A player of the year and 3rd to Leo Messi and CR.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Ival

    Hey, you’re the goto expert. Tnhaks for hanging out here.

  • Lorenzo Vicini

    fidel - I was counting only the goals he scored for Inter and not Cameroon seeing as this was strictly a choice of the best Serie A striker. He scored 34 goals in all competitions Serie A related, 21 in Serie A, 8 in the Champions League and 5 in the Coppa Italia. He also had 9 assists in Serie A and 5 in the Champions League.

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