Troy Deeney leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang out of his current top five Premier League strikers list

Aubameyang was a notable omission from Deeney's list
Aubameyang was a notable omission from Deeney’s list (Picture: Getty Images)

Watford captain Troy Deeney has selected his top five strikers currently plying their trade in the Premier League – and there is no place for Arsenal’s prolific talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international has been the Gunners’ most potent threat going forward since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

In his first full season at the Emirates, Aubameyang scored 22 league goals as he shared the Golden Boot award with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Deeney dropped down to the Championship with Watford last season
Deeney dropped down to the Championship with Watford last season (Picture: Getty Images)

He then followed up that impressive tally with another 22 league strikes in the 2019/20 campaign.

Despite playing as a No.9 for the majority of his career, Aubameyang has mostly been deployed on the left-wing for the Gunners, but has openly admitted that he prefers operating up front.

Deeney – who was relegated with Watford last season – omitted Aubameyang from his list of the league’s best strikers.

Deeney's top five Premier League strikers

1. Harry Kane

2. Sergio Aguero

3. Jamie Vardy

4. Raul Jimenez

5. Roberto Firmino

‘My top five No.9s, not wide men, not left centre-forwards, straight through the middle, I’m going for Roberto Firmino [at number five], he’s the new No.9,’ Deeney told talkSPORT.

‘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. He’s the link between [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane that allows them to get the most goals because he will drag people in when he comes short.

‘Number four on the list I’m going for [Raul] Jimenez, I think he’s a very good player, again work-rate across the front is remarkable, doesn’t give defenders a moments peace.

‘He can link play, score right foot, left foot and I think he’s got the ability to grow and to be a much better all-round player. He’s only going to get better and Wolves will have a problem keeping him if they don’t get in the top six in the next 18 months or so.

Kane is not only the best in the league, but probably the world, argues Deeney
Kane is not only the best in the league, but probably the world, argues Deeney (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Number three, Jamie Vardy, I think Vardy is a thorn in everyone’s side, you can see that with [his performances against] Man City and Arsenal in recent weeks. But I think more importantly, whenever he’s not in the leicester team they look like a completely different team.

‘He adds a different dimension, a killer instinct and naturally always does his best to get in behind and score goals, very good finisher.

‘Number two, I would say Aguero. He is the ultimate poacher, always in the right place, right foot, left foot, tap-ins, worldies, he can do the lot. He’s a big reason for the success that Man City have had in recent years and I think he will still be there for the next couple of years to move forward before [Gabriel] Jesus takes over.

‘Number one, I would go for Harry Kane. I think he’s the best No.9 that’s about in the Premier League at the moment and you could argue in world football with [Robert] Lewandowski and [Karim] Benzema probably giving him a run for his money.

‘Scores a lot of goals and he’s adding assists to his game now as we’re seeing with Son so he’s only going to get better and he’s a great captain as well not only for his club but his country.’

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