Countdown: 9 days to go until new PL season. Who is the best number nine?

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With nine days to go until the new Premier League season, it is time to get hyped.

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Our countdown to the 2019-20 campaign will whet your appetite for the nine-month season to come.

Click play on the videos below to watch goals from some stellar number nines during the 2018-19 campaign, but who is the best number nine in the PL? We aren’t talking about the shirt number here, guys, we are looking at which players are the best center forwards?

Here is a look at the leading contenders, with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson and Ashley Barnes a few of the center forwards who didn’t make it into our top six.


Roberto Firmino isn’t your typical number nine, but he continues to deliver the goods for Liverpool in tandem with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Raul Jimenez had a breakout first season in the Premier League and the Mexican star has since signed permanently for Wolves. His hold-up play and relationship with Diogo Jota make him one of the best target forwards in the PL.

Harry Kane is the obvious choice, as the Tottenham and England star continues to score goals at an incredible rate. Despite injury last season he still smashed home 24 goals in all competitions.

Alexandre Lacazette is a central striker who loves to drop a little deeper and link-up with midfielders, and he is clinical when he does arrive in the box.

What about Sergio Aguero? He has transformed his game under Pep Guardiola and has become more mobile without losing any of his predatory instincts around the penalty box. A proper strikers’ striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored more goals than Lacazette last season and Arsenal’s forward sometimes likes to drift out wide. But his work centrally, especially on the break, gives opposition defenders a real headache.