Since the retirements of Villa and Fernando Torres, the spearhead of the Spanish national team has had a multitude of names and variants that didn’t convince too much. Until the consolidation of Morata, who, thanks to his goals, has earned his place in the starting line-up, although this hasn’t been enough to keep him out of the spotlight in the big games. However, this season, the emergence of young and not so young strikers in LaLiga has reopened the debate about the Spanish striker for the next European Championship, which is a wonderful dilemma for Luis de la Fuente.

Spain’s next squad will be for the two friendlies in March against Brazil and Colombia. A list that may well give some clues as to what will be the definitive one for the European Championship. These are the options that the national coach is considering and that are earning a place in these call-ups.

Álvaro Morata:

Morata is the favourite for the starting line-up if injuries allow him to do so. The Madrid native has had a very good season with Atlético de Madrid, especially in the first half of the season. Injuries have hit him recently, but Morata is the fourth top scorer in LaLiga with 13 goals and his performances have been remarkable. In the Champions League, five goals in six games.

He has 19 in total, in 33 games played. He is also the most trusted striker of Luis de la Fuente and is one goal away from equalling Silva as the fourth highest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national team.


The Real Madrid striker has been the only one capable of snatching the starting spot from Morata in the national team in some games. Joselu offers that plan B that the national team was missing so much. It is an alternative to a more vertical and direct game, in which Joselu becomes a predator in the box and in the air.

The striker is proving to be a very useful part of Ancelotti‘s team. Despite not getting many minutes, he has the goal in his blood and has 12 goals in 34 games. Moreover, with Luis de la Fuente at the helm, he is the player with the most goals in Spain, with five goals in nine games. He is one of the favourites.

Borja Mayoral:

Having analysed the two strikers the coach trusts and who have the most options, let’s talk about meritocracy. Several names come to the fore as deserving of a place, given his outstanding numbers and sensations this season. One of them is undoubtedly Borja Mayoral.

The Getafe striker is having his highest scoring season in the top flight at the age of 26. In LaLiga, he is a goal machine and is the second highest scorer in the category (15), one goal behind Jude Bellingham. 17 goals in 29 games. With these numbers, his name deserves to be among the options without any hesitation.

Isaac Romero:

The latter two are less likely to make it to the European showpiece that will take up the months of June and July. However, both have knocked down the door, are attracting a lot of attention and many people are calling for them to be eligible for selection because of the way they are pulling the strings at their respective clubs.

The case of Isaac Romero at Sevilla is the most striking. The youth player demanded minutes with incredible contributions in the reserve team. As soon as there was a free space, the club didn’t think twice about it and he is responding with more than enough. Five goals in eight games make him a striker to be taken into account.

He is being the hope of a Sevilla team that is very close to the abyss and that, thanks to his goals, can see some light in a very dark tunnel. His great physical and technical power and his eye for goal have put him in the mix of candidates in the last few weeks.

Samu Omorodion:

The latter is the one who, with almost total likelihood, is unlikely to have much of a chance. However, Samu is fundamental to ‘La Rojita’ and is proving he has the potential to fill the starting berth in the future of Spain’s forward line. If he were to improve his finishing in front of goal, the story would surely be different because his physical condition is magnificent. 19 years old and nine goals in his first 23 games in the First Division.

Difficult, but blessed task for Luis de la Fuente who will have to choose between five strikers who this season are offering many guarantees at their clubs. A wonderful dilemma for a Spanish national team that is rubbing its hands with the level of its strikers for the present and the future.

Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.

Main image: Edit Marta Calle.

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