TalkSPORT hosts rank best front threes in PL: “I’d take Heung-min Son over SELFISH Mohamed Salah”
Heung-min Son is a better player than Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Tottenham may now boast the best front three in the Premier League.
Well, on paper at least, but that’s the opinion of Jason Cundy, as talkSPORT hosts debated the top attacking trios in the top flight – with some surprising results.
Spurs are still waiting for Gareth Bale to make his return official on the pitch, but if he can rekindle the kind of form that attracted Real Madrid back in 2013, Jose Mourinho will have a lethal goalscoring force at his disposal.
But would it be the Premier League’s best?
That was the debate on The Sports Bar on Tuesday night with Cundy and Andy Goldstein casting their eyes over the strongest attacking line-ups in England.
Liverpool’s trinity of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has been widely regarded as one of the best in world football, let alone England, in recent years – especially after they helped the Reds to back-to-back Champions League and Premier League titles.
But Chelsea fans have every right to argue after bringing in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to play alongside Christian Pulisic, while Manchester City’s three of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Rihad Mahrez takes some beating.
In fact, pretty much any supporter of the Premier League’s top six clubs would argue theirs is better – isn’t that the great thing about any football debate?
Well, we’re pretty sure Liverpool fans will have something to say about this then… and Chelsea fans… and Arsenal fans. Oh well, at least Tottenham supporters will be happy.
Speaking on Tuesday, Cundy asked: “Are Tottenham’s front three the best?
“Well, Liverpool’s have been outstanding, but Firmino didn’t really hit his straps last year and with Harry Kane…
“Man United’s front three is pretty tasty on its day, but I think you could make a case for saying Spurs.
“Son is brilliant, Son is probably I think the most underrated player in the league.
“I don’t know if people really know how good he is, still. Everybody waxes lyrical about Mane and Salah, and rightly so, but nobody ever puts Son in that bracket.
“Who is better, Son or Salah, right now? Son is just brilliant, he’s excellent, they both are, but Son is less selfish than Salah.
“So I’d take Son.”
The baton was then passed to Mr Alan Bernard Brazil who, alongside Ally McCoist on the talkSPORT Breakfast, ranked the Premier League’s top front threes.
And, after Everton started the season on fire, Arsenal didn’t even get a look in!
This was his verdict…
“I’m gonna go, and I will probably get pelters for this, I still have Liverpool and Mane, Firmino and Salah at the top,” said the Scot.
“Man City are second: Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez – and I’d put Spurs in third: Bale, Kane, Son.
“Then I’d go United in fourth: Rashford, Martial, Greenwood.
“I’d then go Arsenal, and they’re going to hate me for this: Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe.
“And then I’d go Chelsea in sixth.”
Big Al was then reminded about the high-flying Toffees, who currently sit top of the Premier League after four wins and 12 goals scored in their opening four games.
And he made a quick recalculation…
“Everton! Oh, well then I’d put Everton in fifth; United then Everton.”
That means pushing Arsenal to sixth, while Chelsea, despite their mega-spending summer, slip further down to seventh.
Alan Brazil’s PL front three ranking
1. Liverpool – Salah, Mane, Firmino
2. Man City – Aguero, Sterling, Mahrez
3. Tottenham – Kane, Son, Bale
4. Man United – Rashford, Martial, Greenwood
5. Everton – Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez, Richarlison
6. Arsenal – Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe
7. Chelsea – Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech
And rounding off the debate was former West Ham striker Carlton Cole, who sided with Cundy and explained why he has high hopes for Tottenham this season.
“I’d have to go for Bale, Son and Kane, Spurs have the best,” he said. “Then I’d put Liverpool and, I like Arsenal’s, but I’ve got to go Chelsea.
“With Spurs, I think Son is an amazing, amazing player and Harry Kane scores goals from anywhere on the pitch.
“And then if they get Gareth Bale to half of what he was when he left, he’s going to be amazing too.
“That front three will be crazy!”