@ nl sports analysts,
what has happened to the classic goalpoachers? has football changed?
as a snap-shot of top-level modern football, let's take last season's champions league quarter-finals. the main striker for each of the eight teams in the
first legs were: mirko vucinic, wayne rooney, kevin kuranyi, samuel eto'o, emmanuel adebayor, fernando torres, mateja kezman and didier drogba.
of those, only kezman even comes close to being an old-style poacher, and even he was operating as a lone forward,
there as much to create space with his movement as to score (and, it may be noted, he was playing for Fenerbahce,
probably the weakest of the quarter-finalists).
man united also won the league and champions league without a recognised goalpoacher. i doubt this would have happened fifteen years ago.
why are these rare breed of footballers going extinct?