Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
Another tough choice here for Gutman, but he will have to leave in form strikers out of the squad.
My picks were:
Tomer Hemed. Despite not being so tall for a centre forward (1m80cm) he has the perfect skills to play in the box, something we didn`t have for a long time. His good aerial game (his goal against Real Madrid was a good prove of it), positioning and ball control make him a dangerous striker. The fact that he plays in the Spanish league against top level players makes him even more of certain pick for the NT.
Itay Shechter. Our most complete striker. Shoots with both legs, has speed, and incredible finish. Shechter is a must in our squad and he is the player who could make a difference for us at any moment of the game. Plus, Gutman worked with him at Hapoel and that was the best period of his career, certainly Gutman will know how to use him.
Elyaniv Barda. The most versatile one. Barda is consistent and that quality is very important for a striker. At NT he doesn`t receive much of a fuss, but he has scored already 12 goals in 27 caps for Israel (considering we are not a top nation at football it is a very good average). His current form at Genk is impressive where he is near to reach 150 games with the Belgian side and this weekend scored his 51st goal for the team. Barda could play in all roles of the attack and certainly will be very important for us.
Eliran Atar. The different one. Atar is clearly a very talented player and is the "different". He is more the Brazilian way of forwards, highly technical, goes dribbling towards the defender. Has a great finish and against a tough defense maybe this magic will be the solution to open up their blockades.
Dudu Biton. Another player with centre forward characteristics. Has impressed in his first season at Wisla Krakow and was chosen in a fans poll in the starting eleven. Biton has played in all youth NT levels and has everything to do so at senior level aswell. His average at Wisla has been an impressive 23 games and 14 goals.