5 Skills to Develop for Playing Striker With Your Back to the Goal
If you want to be the next great target striker writing headlines around the globe, the second to none No. 9 that fans around the world look up to and revere, then you've got to start learning the trade by studying the greats.
Olivier Giroud, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Costa, you know the names, and you admire the skill these big men produce each weekend, now you want to follow in their footsteps.
Here are 5 skills to develop for playing striker with your back to goal.
1. Feel Behind You
If you're going to be a striker that plays back to goal, you've got to learn to use your hands and arms to feel behind you for oncoming defenders and your marker.
Learning to reach out behind you to get the best sense of how much time and space you'll have on your first touch is a critical skill to develop as a traditional target striker, it's as simple as it sounds, reach out and ensure that you to get a sense of how tight the pressure on your back really is.
2. Check Your Shoulder
Now that you know to feel behind your body for defenders, it's mandatory that your head is always on a swivel, checking your shoulder to process and evaluate the time and space you'll have to either turn and have a hit on goal, or combine with a teammate for a set or wall pass.
The best target strikers in the game always have a great comprehension of the traffic 360 degrees around their person, so start checking your shoulder early, often, and consistently.
3. Cultivate a Silky First-Touch
If you're going to be the top marksman to lead the line for your team, you've got to develop a confident, silky touch on the ball.
You must have the bility to kill it dead from the air, impart spin and the proper weight with an assured ball-striking ability, and arrogantly flick creative passes to teammates while making connections and combinations with deep lying midfielders as the hub of all things attacking for your team.
4. Feel the Goal
Since you're going to be playing as a target striker, back to goal, it's necessary to develop an extrasensory, eyes in the back of the head, feeling for the goal.
Practice getting to know the 18-yard box, make it your happy place, learn the different techniques needed to finish from different angles around the penalty area, and start fostering a comfort level for different situations that might occur on match day.
5. Be Ruthless
Make sure your put in enough time working on finishing in the box each practice, hone your ability every day in training, so that way when your moment arrives in real time, you'll be prepared to be ruthless and convert every chance that comes your way.
Establishing a first-class conversion rate is the key to becoming a deadly no. 9, so put in the time and become the next great goal-scorer.
Here's a short clip of Giroud with some great back to goal striking: