Each Jersey number has its own significance in every position on the football pitch. The number 9 Jersey is worn by an attacking player, forward or a striker. Here is the list of Number 9s with their style of play and stats in the La Liga Santander this season.
Inaki Williams, Atletico Bilbao
The 26-year-old has scored 10 goals and assisted 4 times in all competitions this season. The winger turned centre forward is lightening quick and accelerates fast with the ball in his feet. The Spaniard has been a key figure and is often used in counter-attacks. In 38 La Liga appearances, he has netted 6 goals and assisted 2 times for The Los Leones. The striker has a market value of £36.00m.
Alvaro Morata, Atletico Madrid
The 2-time UEFA Champions league winner spearheads the Atletico Madrid attack and went on to score 16 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions so far. The Spanish international is a deadly finisher and is very effective in aerials duels. Although he is quite weak in holding up balls for longer duration but has a strong passing game and likes to do layoffs to create goal-scoring chances for other attacking players. The £32.40m rated former Juventus forward has managed to score 12 goals this season in the La Liga Santander.
Chimy Avila, Club Atletico Osasuna
The Argentinean striker has directly been involved in 12 goals in La Liga this season in only 20 league appearances as he was sidelined with Cruciate Ligament rupture for the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old forward has steady long shots and is strong in the air. With ball holding skill lacking, he has a golden foot in front of the goal. The striker is valued at £10.80m and is one of the best players for The Los Rojillos as his goals helped his team finish 10th with 52 points.
Miguel Angel Guerrero, Club Deportivo Leganes
The striker came back on loan from Greek club Olympiacos in the January transfer window after signing for them but hasn’t been able to impress up front. He has only managed to score just a single goal in 13 league appearance. With his goal scoring drought being the highlight but he has displayed good ball holding skills that has helped fellow attacking partner to move into pockets of spaces. The 30-year-old Spaniard has a market value of £1.44m. The Madrid based club has been relegated from the top tier with only able to put up 36 points on the table.
Joselu, Deportivo Alaves
The 30-year-old forward has gone on to score 11 goals this campaign in the Spanish top flight. The Spaniard is good in the air, has been decent defensively and with flicks on and playing long balls as his top abilities, he is a threat in the box from a dead ball situation. The former Newcastle United centre forward has been priced £5.40m. Despite his contribution upfront, the club managed to finish just outside the danger zone at 16th place.
Luis Suarez, Barcelona
The former Liverpool man is an integral part for Barcelona and has been involved directly in 305 goals scoring 196 and assisting 109 times. The 33-year-old forward has been on fire with 19 goals and 12 assists to his name in all competitions this season. The Copa America winner is a perfect centre forward with deadly finishing from long range and heading chances, laying layoffs and playing key passes. He has a telepathic connection with Lionel Messi. The £25.20m rated veteran scored 16 goals and assisted 8 times in 28 league appearances. The Catalans finished second in the league and scored the number most goals (86).
Angel Rodriguez, Getafe CF
The £5.40m rated centre forward has scored 14 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions. The 33-year-old is good in the box during a dead ball situation, and his long ball skills are treat to watch. The Spaniard has shown his poacher instinct in the Spanish League and went on to score 10 goals and helped his side finish 8th on the table.
Roberto Soldado, Granada CF
The 35-year-old forward has scored 11 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions this season. The veteran forward is brilliant in heading the ball and likes to layoff for others. His long shots are venomous which makes the goalkeeper work but his weakness is discipline. The former Tottenham and Valencia forward has a market value of £720Th. The 35-year-old’s experience helped his team finish at 8th position with the Spaniard scoring 11 goals and assisting 7 times in the La Liga Santander.
Roger Marti, Levante UD
The 29-year-old striker has been brilliant for The Granotas with 11 goals under his belt in 36 league appearances. The Spaniard has been clinical and lethal in front of goal and has good long ball accuracy. Although he has been instrumental to the team but he needs to improve his ball holding skills and have to do better in aerial duels. The centre forward has a market value of £7.20m. The club from Valencia finished 12th with 49 points.
Fedor Smolov, Celta De Vigo
The Russian International was signed from the Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow in the winter transfer window and in the second half of season he is been brilliant all around for Celta De Vigo. The 30-year-old managed to score 2 goals only in 14 league appearance but he did display his dribbling skills, ball holding skills, deadly long range shots and aerial duels. The centre forward has been a counter attacking threat and a threat in the 6-yard box. He has a market value of £6.30m.
Facundo Ferreyra, RCD Espanyol
The loanee from Benfica arrived in Barcelona based club in the January transfer window and hasn’t been able to impress in his loan spell. The 29-year-old has only scored 1 goal in 16 league appearances. The Argentinean has sharp long-range shots, but he is weak in aerial duels, and the finishing hasn’t been up to the mark as well. He is rated £2.88m in the market. Espanyol has been relegated this season, and the striker has flown back to Portugal following his end of the loan spell.
Abdon Prats, RCD Mallorca
The 27-year-old Spaniard has only featured in 20 league games as a substitute player. He hasn’t been able to contribute to the team which saw Mallorca get relegated from La Liga Santander. The striker has a market value of £585Th.
Borja Iglesias, Real Betis
The 27-year-old has played 35 league matches and managed to score 3 goals and assisted on 3 occasions. The Spaniard is a good finisher but hasn’t been able to hold up ball in opposition’s half. The centre forward has market value of £10.80m.
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
The 32-year-old Frenchman is one of the reasons why Los Blancos were crowned champions. He smashed 21 goals in 37 league appearances. He has been the first choice for over a decade and he has all attributes that a centre forward should have. From lethal finishing to dynamic positioning, he has it all. The Real Madrid legend has a market value of £28.80m. He has been a monumental character in the team across all competitions, he has scored 26 goals and assisted 11 times.
Willian Jose, Real Sociedad
The La Real centre forward has scored 11 goals in 37 league appearances. The 28-year-old Spaniard’s style of play has more of long balls and play as a holding striker. The market value of Willian is £21.60. The San Sebastian based club finished 6th on the table.
Enes Unal, Real Valladoid
The 23-year-old striker was on loan from Villarreal since start of the season. The youngster had a pretty good campaign in which he netted 6 times and assisted twice in the 35 league games. The £7.20m rated Turkish has good heading ability and likes to flicks on. The Whites and Violets finished 13th in the standings.
Sergi Enrich, SD Eibar
The Spaniard has directly been involved 5 times this season with just a goal and 4 assists to his name. The 30-year-old does like to layoffs, do flick ups and is a threat in deal ball situations. The centre forward has a market value of £2.16m. The Los Armeros finished their campaign on 14th place.
Kevin Gameiro, Valencia CF
The 30-year-old did not have a good season. He only managed to score 6 goals in 29 league matches. The Frenchmen is brilliant in heading the ball and holding the ball well. Aerial duel is his weakness. The former Atletico Madrid striker prefers playing short passes more. He has a market value of £5.85m. The Los Murcelagos finished 9th with a goal difference of -7.
Carlos Bacca, Villarreal CF
The former Sevilla front man has scored only twice in 19 appearances in La Liga Santander. The two-time Europa League winner had has a troubled season with spending most of the time at the bench and mostly out due to injury. The Colombian forward is clinical in front of goal when he is in the mood. He struggled with holding the ball in his feet. The striker has a market value of £2.16m. The El Submarino Amarillo finished 5th place in the standings with 60 points.