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Strikers on the dole
Being a striker has always been an insecure profession. They have long been afflicted by mysterious fluctuations in form, a variable quality of service from team-mates and ridiculous expectations from fans and directors.

But their trade is now more uncertain than ever. Across Europe, from youth teams to first teams, coaches are increasingly reluctant to attack with two forwards. Many strikers in their 20s will face a stark choice... retrain or retire.

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