FIFA 21: Tallest Strikers (ST and CF)

Having a tall forward in you team can help pump in the goals from crosses. We list ALL the tallest strikers in FIFA 21.

It often seems like the era of the tall, powerful striker is over, with pace and trickery more valued in forwards than physical strength and height. But in FIFA 21, there is still a role for the big target man.

In recent years, Peter Crouch is perhaps the most obvious example of a tall striker, with the Englishman unsurprisingly valued for his aerial ability when attacking a cross or set piece. However, he also demonstrated that height is no barrier to technical ability, with Crouch possessing a good range of passing and capable of bringing the ball to feet.

To help you find the next Crouch, or perhaps just a big battering ram to bulldoze defenders, we have compiled a list of all the tallest (6’5” or taller) strikers and centre forwards in FIFA 21. In the main body of the article, you will find a detailed analysis of the five tallest forwards, whilst for a full list of ALL the tallest strikers, look to the table at the foot of this piece.

**Disclaimer: Admira Wacker’s Stefan Maierhofer has not been included in our list because he will not be available to sign in career mode as he will retire in year one of your save.**

Simon Makienok, Height: 6’7” (OVR 66 – POT 66)

Overall: 66
Team: FC St. Pauli
Position: ST
Age: 29
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 207 lbs
Nationality: Danish

After the soon to retire Maierhofer, the tallest player in the game is St. Pauli striker Simon Makienok. The German, who joined the Hamburg side from relegated Dynamo Dresden, will be hoping to steer St Pauli towards the upper reaches of the 2. Bundesliga.

It is perhaps a strange signing for St. Pauli, however, with Makienok relatively inexperienced in German football. He joined Dresden from Utrecht only last season and made just nine appearances during his short stay in Saxony, scoring three times.

In FIFA 21, the 6’7” striker will offer you a real physical presence. His 89 strength and 82 heading accuracy ensures he will be able to hold his own against defenders and provide an aerial threat. However, he is not a particularly versatile player and his stats will not improve, making it hard to justify signing him in a career mode.

Paul Ebere Onuachu, Height: 6’7” (OVR 72 – POT 75)

Overall: 72
Team: KRC Genk
Position: ST
Age: 26
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 205 lbs
Nationality: Nigerian

Nigerian striker Paul Ebere Onuachu plies his trade in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, providing KRC Genk with a powerful front man. He joined the four-time Belgian champions in August 2019 from Danish side FC Midtjylland where he had been playing since 2012.

Onuachu has made an excellent start to the 2020/21 season for Genk, scoring seven goals in seven appearances so far. Indeed, the Nigerian target man has scored six times in his last four games. He also has the second-highest ceiling of all the players on our list, making him a potentially worthwhile signing in your career mode.

Like most of the players in our list, central to Onuachu’s game is his ability to impose himself on defenders. That is reflected in his 87 strength rating, whilst he also has 77 aggression and 77 heading accuracy. His 74 stamina and 73 sprint speed also ensure he won’t be left stranded in a fast moving game.

Henk Veerman, Height: 6’7” (OVR 72 – POT 72)

Overall: 72
Team: SC Heerenveen
Position: ST
Age: 29
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 198 lbs
Nationality: Dutch

Henk Veerman has proven himself a very capable striker, at a certain level. The Dutchman spent last season with St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga where, despite scoring a creditable 11 goals in 22 appearances, he clashed with coach Jos Luhukay, making a departure almost inevitable.

As a result, it was no surprise when Veerman returned to SC Heerenveen at the start of the season, with his return to Holland a success so far. Veerman has found the net twice in four games, with Heerenveen heading into the international break third in the Eredivisie table, behind Feyenoord and PSV only on goal difference.

Veerman’s 72 OVR rating is equal to Onuachu’s, but the Dutchman might actually have the better stats sheet. The 29-year-old boasts a phenomenal 92 strength, whilst he also has a narrow edge in the air with 78 heading accuracy.

He can also be dangerous in and around the box, with 77 sprint speed, 76 shot power and 75 finishing. The rest of his stats are a mixed bag, but he could still be a useful option for your team in the 2. Bundesliga or EFL Championship as you battle for promotion.

Saša Kalajdžić, Height: 6’7” (OVR 69 – POT 76)

Overall: 69
Team: VfB Stuttgart
Position: ST
Age: 22
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 167 lbs
Nationality: Austrian

Arguably the most talented player amongst FIFA 21’s big strikers is VfB Stuttgart’s Saša Kalajdžić. The Austrian joined the Baden-Württemberg side in July 2019 from Austrian Bundesliga side Admira Wacker ahead of their 2. Bundesliga campaign.

Unfortunately, Kalajdžić’s involvement in Stuttgart’s promotion-winning season was limited with the Austrian out of action for much of the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury. But he did feature after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic and he has made an impressive start to life in the German top flight with three goals in his first three appearances.

Kalajdžić has the best potential overall rating, with the Austrian’s ceiling 76 OVR. He is not one of the stronger players on our list, with a relatively low 78 strength rating, but he does boast a solid 73 sprint speed and perhaps more important 73 finishing and 73 heading accuracy.

Playing to his strengths, as is the case with all the strikers in this list, will be vital to get the best out of Kalajdžić, but one thing you can bank on is the Austrian being able to test the keeper more often than not.

Tomáš Chory, Height: 6’7” (OVR 70 – POT 73)

Overall: 70
Team: Zulte Waregem
Position: ST
Age: 25
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 222 lbs
Nationality: Czech

The last player to feature on our list is Czech striker Tomáš Chory, who is currently on loan at Zulte Waregem in Belgium after spending the past three seasons with Viktoria Plzen.

Chory’s last campaign with Plzen wasn’t particularly inspiring, as he scored just four goals in 27 league appearances, although he did make the majority of his appearances from the bench.

And the towering Czech can be useful. His 88 strength rating and excellent 80 heading accuracy means he will be a handful when attacking crosses from inside the box. He can also be relied on to be in the right place at the right time thanks to his 72 attacking positioning. In fact, he might just be the perfect option for a mid-table Championship side looking to bolster their options up front.

All the Tallest Strikers in FIFA 21

See below for a full list of all the tallest centre forwards/strikers in this year’s game.

Stefan Maierhofer6’8″ST376464FC Admira Wacker Mödling
Simon Makienok6’7″ST296666FC St. Pauli
Paul Onuachu6’7″ST267275KRC Genk
Henk Veerman6’7″ST297272SC Heerenveen
Saša Kalajdžić6’7″ST CAM226976VfB Stuttgart
Tomáš Chorý6’7″ST257073Zulte Waregem
Leonardo Rocha6’7″ST226673KAS Eupen
Aaron Seydel6’6″ST LM CAM246571SV Darmstadt 98
Robin Šimović6’6″ST296464Odds BK
Oliver Hawkins6’6″ST CB286363Ipswich Town
Nick Woltemade6’6″ST186076SV Werder Bremen
Roberts Uldriķis6’6″ST226273FC Sion
Nika Kacharava6’6″ST266770Lech Poznań
Matt Smith6’6″ST316969Millwall
Dominik Stroh-Engel6’6″ST346464SpVgg Unterhaching
Kalifa Coulibaly6’6″ST287171FC Nantes
Felipe Avenatti6’6″ST CF CAM277172Standard de Liège
Ludovic Ajorque6’6″ST267679RC Strasbourg Alsace
Toluwalase  Arokodare6’6″ST1959731. FC Köln
Liu Xinyu6’6″ST205164Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C.
Gustaf Nilsson6’6″ST236369Falkenbergs FF
Wout Weghorst6’6″ST278181VfL Wolfsburg
Mark Beck6’5″ST265859Harrogate Town
Cillian Sheridan6’5″ST316565Wisła Płock
Michiel Kramer6’5″ST316666ADO Den Haag
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe6’5″ST256065Salford City
Nicklas Helenius6’5″ST296666Aarhus GF
Kieffer Moore6’5″ST276969Cardiff City
Bjørn Johnsen6’5″ST286969Ulsan Hyundai FC
Lassana Doucouré6’5″ST RM LM296565FC Chambly Oise
Bas Dost6’5″ST317878Eintracht Frankfurt
Marcão6’5″ST267275Hebei China Fortune FC
Ollie Palmer6’5″ST286363AFC Wimbledon
Kim Shin Wook6’5″ST327676Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC
Muhammadu Faal6’5″ST235462Bolton Wanderers
Kemal Ademi6’5″ST246774FC Basel 1893
Hiroshi Ibusuki6’5″ST296464Shonan Bellmare
Tammy Abraham6’5″ST227885Chelsea
André Becker6’5″ST236268SSV Jahn Regensburg
Artem Dzyuba6’5″ST317979Russia
Jean-David Beauguel6’5″ST287272Viktoria Plzeň
Vincent Vermeij6’5″ST256568MSV Duisburg
Harry Smith6’5″ST256267Northampton Town
Obbi Oularé6’5″ST247175Standard de Liège
Luca Pfeiffer6’5″ST236571FC Würzburger Kickers
Philipp Hofmann6’5″ST277171Karlsruher SC
Zlatan Ibrahimović6’5″ST388383Milan
Fraser Hornby6’5″ST206473Stade de Reims
Jacob Bergström6’5″ST255964Mjällby AIF
Aleksandr Sobolev6’5″ST237478Spartak Moscow
Ronan6’5″ST256570Rio Ave FC
Christian Beck6’5″ST3265651. FC Magdeburg
Emanuel Emegha6’5″ST176178Sparta Rotterdam
Makhtar Gueye6’5″ST LW226673KV Oostende
Gianluca Scamacca6’5″ST216578Sassuolo
Brice Tutu6’5″ST226169Stade Malherbe Caen
Daniel Dietze6’5″ST225459Sol de América
Hendrik Weydandt6’5″ST247075Hannover 96
Hólmbert Friðjónsson6’5″ST276768Aalesunds FK

Matt K

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