Top 11 Best Young Strikers In The World in 2023
The world has seen a sprout of quality young strikers in the last couple of years, even though the COVID-19 pandemic did not allow for the hosting of the FIFA under-17 and FIFA under-20 World Cup since 2019.
Nevertheless, many young players have found their way into professional football and hit it up straight away.
While some are already known names and become big stars at a young age, like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, others have been doing well and pushing to get into the category of high-profile strikers.
Therefore, in this article, we will find out 10 best young strikers in the world (under the age of 24) who could blow up in world football in 2023.
Here are the 11 best young strikers in the world in 2023.
Please note that this list of the best young strikers in football is no particular order and only includes players who primarily play as centre-forwards.
1. Erling Haaland
- Country/Club: Norway & Manchester City
- Age: 22
Haaland would continue to be in the discussion of the best striker for as long as he plays as a professional footballer.
The 22-year-old is already a multiple record breaker and setting the pace with his goal-scoring form.
He already, at the time of this writing, has 25 goals in 19 Premier League games and could easily beat the highest goal scorer in the Premier League in the last couple of seasons with more than 10 goals, as there are still 17 games to be played in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, he doesn’t do this alone for Manchester City; he is also a menace in front of goal in international football for Norway, who will hope that he can help them qualify for Euro 2024 when the qualifiers start in 2023.
Erling Haaland is considered one of the best young strikers in the world because of his exceptional goal-scoring abilities.
He has a great eye for goal and is able to finish chances with both his feet and his head. He is also a very physical player and can hold up the ball well.
Despite being 22, Erling Haaland has over 180 career goals so far.
2. Youssoufa Moukoko
- Country/Club: Germany & Dortmund
- Age: 18
Youssofa Moukoko has been impressive in his youth career to the extent that he was trusted to join the Borussia Dortmund main team and a spot in the Germany FIFA World Cup roster.
He was one of the youngest players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The teenager already has six goals and three assists in 16 Bundesliga games this season.
Maintaining similar performances will be crucial for his profile as one of the best youngsters in football.
Moukoko loves to take risks by using his low centre of gravity by dribbling into the opposition areas, and also boasts a deft touch with his preferred left foot.
3. Alexander Isak
- Country/Club: Sweden & Newcastle United
- Age: 23
Two goals in three Premier League games for Newcastle United, but injury hasn’t allowed football fans to see more of the Sweden international in action in England.
However, those who have followed his progress from AIK to Dortmund down to Real Sociedad know what he’s capable of.
Isak has a great eye for goal, and is able to finish chances with both his feet and his head.
The Swede is also a very fast and agile player, making him difficult to defend against.
He is Newcastle United’s record signing, and 2023 will be a year to prove big points for the youngest goalscorer for the Swedish national team.
4. Jonathan David
- Country/Club: Canada & Lille
- Age: 22
Jonathan David is one of the players who helped Canada qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in a very long time.
He earned his place in the national team thanks to his performances for the French club Lille Metropole.
This season he has scored 12 goals and four assists in 19 French Ligue 1 games, even though he failed to find the back of the net at the FIFA World Cup.
Jonathan David is a typical fox in the box type of striker, with good off-the-ball movement and massive pace.
He is also a clinical finisher who can also play out wide. The Canadian is also being sought-after by some of the top clubs in Europe.
5. Victor Osimhen
- Country/Club: Nigeria & Napoli
- Age: 24
Victor Osimhen is one of the most sought-after strikers in world football at the moment, and it’s not surprising to see why.
The Nigerian had a slow start to his club career and never picked up until leaving Wolfsburg for Charleroi, where he shone before securing a move to Lille and now Napoli.
His 14 goals from 27 Serie A games last season and a further 13 so far this season have alerted clubs from across Europe.
6. Dušan Vlahović
- Country/Club: Serbia & Juventus
- Age: 22
Dusan Vlahovic may not have experienced the best World Cup with Serbia, but he definitely can create a better 2023 by helping Juventus back to where they belong at the top of the Serie A table.
The Serbian is a top quality finisher and complete centre-forward.
Vlahovic has already scored six goals in 10 league games for the Old Ladies and has been a spark of life for the Italian Giants.
Already, he’s been linked with moves away from Juventus, but he will still see the season through at the former champions if any move will happen at all.
7. Goncalo Ramos
- Country/Club: Portugal & Benfica
- Age: 21
Everyone remembers the young boy that replaced Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portuguese national team for Portugal’s round of 16 games against Switzerland.
Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 drubbing of the fellow European nation, but that was the highest he could do at the FIFA World Cup.
He was only known in the Portuguese league previously with Benfica, where he scored 12 goals and five in the Portuguese league and UEFA Champions League, respectively.
2023 will be a year for him to build on what he did at the World Cup and secure a move to one of Europe’s elite football leagues and clubs.
8. Darwin Núñez
- Country/Club: Liverpool & Uruguay
- Age: 23
2023 will be a huge decider for Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez who has had an underperforming start to life at Liverpool and an abysmal Qatar 2022 World Cup with the Uruguayan national team.
Irrespective of his form, Darwin Nuñez is still a talented centre-forward; he also has a good work rate and is always looking to be involved in the game.
Three goals in six UEFA Champions League games, five goals, and two assists in 14 Premier League games may seem applaudable, but Liverpool fans don’t seem to trust him yet. Nevertheless, he’s one striker to look out for in 2023.
9. Julián Álvarez
- Country/Club: Argentina & Manchester City
- Age: 22
At 22, Julian Alvarez is a lucky World Cup winner after Argentina’s run to the final at the Qatar 2022 World Cup has Lionel Messi shone.
Alvarez, who has not spent up to three years on the national team, proved the worth that Manchester City placed upon him to bring into the premier league.
He scored four goals in seven World Cup games for the national team, and despite the presence of Erling Haaland at Manchester City, he has 3 goals in 12 Premier League games and 2 goals in six UEFA champions league games.
Alvarez possesses blistering speed and a clinical centre-forward, with intelligent dribbling and running power.
10. Moise Kean
- Country/Club: Italy & Juventus
- Age: 22
Moise Kean may have disappointed some expectations from some of his admirers, but he definitely hasn’t reached his peak.
At 22, He’s already playing his second stint at Juventus after moving to Everton, Hellas Verona, and PSG at different intervals.
This season he’s on loan at the Old Ladies from Everton and has only managed five goals from 18 games in the league and Champions League combined.
In conclusion, there are a lot of young strikers that will still emerge in football in 2023, especially as the FIFA U20 World Cup and the FIFA U17 World Cup are upcoming in the year.
11. Kylian Mbappé
- Country/Club: France & PSG
- Age: 24
Kylian Mbappé is not just one of the top young strikers in soccer, but one of the best strikers in the world right now.
His remarkable speed, technical skills, and ability to in front of goal has put him above his peers.
He has a great sense of positioning and is able to create space for himself in the box.
Mbappé also has a great ability to finish with both feet. He has a great ability to run at players with the ball and often creates scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Additionally, his ability to score in big matches and his performances in the 2022 FIFA World Cup helped establish him as one of the top goalscorers in the world.
He has already scored over 250 career goals and is still only 24.