Union Berlin striker Jordan Pefok probably has his hand raised the highest, with head coach Gregg Berhalter instead calling in Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Josh Sargent (Norwich City) and Ricardo Pepi (Groningen) as his three No. 9s.
Fresh off a move from Swiss side Young Boys, Pefok has two goals and two assists in five matches for the German Bundesliga’s first-place team. That’s nothing to scoff at, though Extratime’s Charlie Davies feels it’s a more complicated calculus when delving into the position’s complete profile.
“What’s working against Jordan Pefok is his style of play,” Davies said. “In Gregg Berhalter’s mind, he does not do the things that he needs his No. 9 to do, which is press, to be able to shape the team defensively, to have enough pace to cover the ground and being able to check for the ball and do those dynamic runs that he is not known for. Jordan Pefok is a finisher, he’s the one who gets in the box, he’s a big body, he occupies space.”