Top Israeli Strikers
Israel has a number of forwards that are decent, however none of them are world beaters. Israel could certainly do with a world class striker, however the current crop are acceptable provided they will able to improve as players during the course of the careers so they can contribute more to Israel’s National Team. There is roughly an even balance with those abroad and those at home.
6. Wiyam Amashe
Amashe had a fantastic start to the season, but was injured halfway through and since his return he has looked rather anemic, perhaps he is still not 100% fit, but he still did score twenty goals in all competitions this season, and has stated his desire to play for the National Team. Eli Guttman has said he would like to bring him in to the National Team, so he may be called up in the future. Amashe is very fast, is good in the air, strong, and can finish well, but he has been plagued by injuries his whole career, and will be looking to shake off his bad luck.
5. Dudu Biton
Biton has been somewhat of an underdog during his playing career. He was consistently overlooked by big teams in Israel despite his good performances for Raanana and Hapoel Petah Tikva. He is currently playing for the Polish side Wisla Krakow on loan from Belgian side Charleroi, and has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season. Biton has a really good shot on him, and scored a cracker this season against Twente in the Europa League, but his form this season hasn’t been enough for him to get into the National Team yet. Biton has decent speed, is a good dribbler of the ball, and has a nose for the goal. In addition he is tall aAnd strong, which is unusual for Israeli players.
The Maccabi Tel Aviv striker is arguably the most talented Israeli striker right now, but his trouble has always been consistency. Atar has never played for the National Team, but he should be considered. Atar has a penchant for scoring spectacular goals, while missing relatively easy ones. However his a more mature player than he used to be, and has scored 18 goals in all competitions for Maccabi this season. Atar can play in a variety of positions, out on the wing, or in the center, he has great speed and dribbling abilities, but tends to hold on to the ball for too long and loses possession. I think he deserves a call up from Eli Guttman, but I’m not sure if he’ll get a call up.
3. Elyaniv Barda
Barda has been the National Team’s most consistent striker, he has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, and he had a great start to this season with his current club Genk. However during the second half of the season he has fallen out of favor with the current manager at Genk, Mario Been. Barda also had a number of chances to score in his last National Team game against the Ukraine, but failed to capitalize. Barda is now 30 years old and will likely move on in the summer. He still has good speed and foot skills and will probably be called up Eli Guttman for Israel’s upcoming friendlies. His finishing is still questionable
2. Omer Damari
Israel’s most promising young striker, Damari has fulfilled the promise he was touted for as he has scored 20 goals in all competitions for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Damari is young, has good speed, can finish well with both feet, and has good height and strength. Damari did not play in Israel’s last game due to injury. Damari has already been linked with a move to Celtic and will likely be linked with more foreign teams during the summer. If a team pays the right price, Damari could be gone in the summer.
1. Tomer Hemed
The Mallorca striker enjoyed a break out season with Maccabi Haifa last year, and this year he has 10 goals in all competitions for Mallorca in arguably one of the toughest leagues in the world. Hemed is strong and has good speed, passing and dribbling skills. His finishing is a little rough at times, but he scored from the penalty spot in his last game for the National Team. Hemed will likely be Eli Guttman’s first choice for the near future. Hemed has had to compete for striking places with four other striker’s on Mallorca’s team and has done well with limited playing time.