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)
Team: FC St. Pauli
Weight: 207 lbs
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)
Team: KRC Genk
Weight: 205 lbs
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)
Team: SC Heerenveen
Weight: 198 lbs
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)
Team: VfB Stuttgart
Weight: 167 lbs
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)
Team: Zulte Waregem
Weight: 222 lbs
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 Maierhofer||6’8″||ST||37||64||64||FC Admira Wacker Mödling|
|Simon Makienok||6’7″||ST||29||66||66||FC St. Pauli|
|Paul Onuachu||6’7″||ST||26||72||75||KRC Genk|
|Henk Veerman||6’7″||ST||29||72||72||SC Heerenveen|
|Saša Kalajdžić||6’7″||ST CAM||22||69||76||VfB Stuttgart|
|Tomáš Chorý||6’7″||ST||25||70||73||Zulte Waregem|
|Leonardo Rocha||6’7″||ST||22||66||73||KAS Eupen|
|Aaron Seydel||6’6″||ST LM CAM||24||65||71||SV Darmstadt 98|
|Robin Šimović||6’6″||ST||29||64||64||Odds BK|
|Oliver Hawkins||6’6″||ST CB||28||63||63||Ipswich Town|
|Nick Woltemade||6’6″||ST||18||60||76||SV Werder Bremen|
|Roberts Uldriķis||6’6″||ST||22||62||73||FC Sion|
|Nika Kacharava||6’6″||ST||26||67||70||Lech Poznań|
|Dominik Stroh-Engel||6’6″||ST||34||64||64||SpVgg Unterhaching|
|Kalifa Coulibaly||6’6″||ST||28||71||71||FC Nantes|
|Felipe Avenatti||6’6″||ST CF CAM||27||71||72||Standard de Liège|
|Ludovic Ajorque||6’6″||ST||26||76||79||RC Strasbourg Alsace|
|Toluwalase Arokodare||6’6″||ST||19||59||73||1. FC Köln|
|Liu Xinyu||6’6″||ST||20||51||64||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C.|
|Gustaf Nilsson||6’6″||ST||23||63||69||Falkenbergs FF|
|Wout Weghorst||6’6″||ST||27||81||81||VfL Wolfsburg|
|Mark Beck||6’5″||ST||26||58||59||Harrogate Town|
|Cillian Sheridan||6’5″||ST||31||65||65||Wisła Płock|
|Michiel Kramer||6’5″||ST||31||66||66||ADO Den Haag|
|Emmanuel Dieseruvwe||6’5″||ST||25||60||65||Salford City|
|Nicklas Helenius||6’5″||ST||29||66||66||Aarhus GF|
|Kieffer Moore||6’5″||ST||27||69||69||Cardiff City|
|Bjørn Johnsen||6’5″||ST||28||69||69||Ulsan Hyundai FC|
|Lassana Doucouré||6’5″||ST RM LM||29||65||65||FC Chambly Oise|
|Bas Dost||6’5″||ST||31||78||78||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Marcão||6’5″||ST||26||72||75||Hebei China Fortune FC|
|Ollie Palmer||6’5″||ST||28||63||63||AFC Wimbledon|
|Kim Shin Wook||6’5″||ST||32||76||76||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC|
|Muhammadu Faal||6’5″||ST||23||54||62||Bolton Wanderers|
|Kemal Ademi||6’5″||ST||24||67||74||FC Basel 1893|
|Hiroshi Ibusuki||6’5″||ST||29||64||64||Shonan Bellmare|
|André Becker||6’5″||ST||23||62||68||SSV Jahn Regensburg|
|Jean-David Beauguel||6’5″||ST||28||72||72||Viktoria Plzeň|
|Vincent Vermeij||6’5″||ST||25||65||68||MSV Duisburg|
|Harry Smith||6’5″||ST||25||62||67||Northampton Town|
|Obbi Oularé||6’5″||ST||24||71||75||Standard de Liège|
|Luca Pfeiffer||6’5″||ST||23||65||71||FC Würzburger Kickers|
|Philipp Hofmann||6’5″||ST||27||71||71||Karlsruher SC|
|Fraser Hornby||6’5″||ST||20||64||73||Stade de Reims|
|Jacob Bergström||6’5″||ST||25||59||64||Mjällby AIF|
|Aleksandr Sobolev||6’5″||ST||23||74||78||Spartak Moscow|
|Ronan||6’5″||ST||25||65||70||Rio Ave FC|
|Christian Beck||6’5″||ST||32||65||65||1. FC Magdeburg|
|Emanuel Emegha||6’5″||ST||17||61||78||Sparta Rotterdam|
|Makhtar Gueye||6’5″||ST LW||22||66||73||KV Oostende|
|Brice Tutu||6’5″||ST||22||61||69||Stade Malherbe Caen|
|Daniel Dietze||6’5″||ST||22||54||59||Sol de América|
|Hendrik Weydandt||6’5″||ST||24||70||75||Hannover 96|
|Hólmbert Friðjónsson||6’5″||ST||27||67||68||Aalesunds FK|