Kane vs Aubameyang

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Who is the better player or better striker?

Saw discussion on Arsenal thread where the clear answer is "Auba is easily better", on the other hand Spurs fans think Kane is among top 2-3 CFs in the world.

Kane isn't versatile but he has all the attributes for a great 9, Auba is versatile and scores goals from any position.

So what's the caf view on this.
 

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I think Kane was, but I'm not sure I've seen Kane perform consistently at his best for at least a couple of seasons now. Plus, as you say they're different players. Kane was an amazing no.9 but could also drop deeper and link up play. Auba is more of a wide-forward, much quicker, more versatile, but not as pure a centre-forward as Kane was...
 

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I always assumed Auba would be one of those players that declines when they lose a step. He has taken great care of himself and maybe lost a little speed but is still rapid. He has developed as a great player that can do a job across the front line. Really surprised me how he keeps improving to be a more well rounded player.

Kane can be great but has to play himself into a rhythm and keeps getting hurt.

I would take Auba everyday of the week.
 

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I think Kane was, but I'm not sure I've seen Kane perform consistently at his best for at least a couple of seasons now. Plus, as you say they're different players. Kane was an amazing no.9 but could also drop deeper and link up play. Auba is more of a wide-forward, much quicker, more versatile, but not as pure a centre-forward as Kane was...
Agree with this. Probably a toss up overall and either player could have more value to a team depending on what they need. Kane is a better rounded CF but Auba has the advantage of being able to play wide forward as well at an elite level, which is not insignificant. Kane has also had significant injuries leading him to miss large numbers of games in three of the last four seasons. Aubameyang has never missed more than a week with an injury in his entire career (knock on wood). Health is a skill.
 

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Kane for a couple of years at his peak was better, Auba has held up his top level for longer while Kane is physically dead these days (but can still finish).
 

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Kane was the better striker.

It has gone slightly downhill for Kane for a few seasons, with a combination of injuries, missing quite a few matches, a defensive manager, and an overall declining squad. He scored just 35 league goals in the past two seasons (2018/2019 + 2019/2020) - that is nowhere near world-class for a supposedly world-class striker. In the two seasons before that, (2016/2017 + 2017/2018) he had scored nearly 60 goals. His peak was in 2017/2018 when his "goals to appearance" ratio was among the top three strikers in the world.

Auba is the more versatile footballer and is miles ahead of Kane in terms of fitness. Two seasons ago, everyone would have picked Kane ahead of Auba, this season, however, most will pick Auba ahead of Kane. Based on current form, there's hardly any competition between the two of them.
 

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I also think Kane was better.

I'd probably slightly side with Auba because of his versatility and Kane seems somewhat shot physically.
 
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Kane is the more complete striker, but the injury has taken something out of him. Aubameyang is definitely the more versatile player.
 

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Kane is way too injury prone these days.

Would love to see Auba's injury record. He seems indestructible.
 

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Kane at his peak was better. But if you think recently PEA has been better. In fact Kane had some pretty serious injury issues the last two seasons so you would put a lot of strikers in front of Kane atm.
 

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Agree with this. Probably a toss up overall and either player could have more value to a team depending on what they need. Kane is a better rounded CF but Auba has the advantage of being able to play wide forward as well at an elite level, which is not insignificant. Kane has also had significant injuries leading him to miss large numbers of games in three of the last four seasons. Aubameyang has never missed more than a week with an injury in his entire career (knock on wood). Health is a skill.
It is. There's no point for Kane to play as a wide forward when he's the best striker around. Auba gets moved around because Arsenal can get something different by playing someone up top than Auba. No such thing needed with Kane as he's a complete forward, works harder, is more of a nuisance for the opposition team when they have the ball. He'd fit any team with his commitment and no-nonsense attitude to give it all. Can't say the same about Aubameyang.
 

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Kane at his peak is better and not by an inconsiderable amount either. However he hasn’t been at his peak for a while and whilst he’s still a very good striker it remains to be seen despite his relatively young age if he’ll ever hit those heights again. Whereas Auba has consistently put up top numbers both for BVB and a poor arsenal team for a number of years now.
 

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It is. There's no point for Kane to play as a wide forward when he's the best striker around. Auba gets moved around because Arsenal can get something different by playing someone up top than Auba. No such thing needed with Kane as he's a complete forward, works harder, is more of a nuisance for the opposition team when they have the ball. He'd fit any team with his commitment and no-nonsense attitude to give it all. Can't say the same about Aubameyang.
You don't think being able to two positions at an elite level is a valuable asset to any team? That was the initial point made. And I think Auba is more of a wide forward these days rather than a traditional CF.

Also Aubameyang has been praised by his managers for his work-rate.
 

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Kane at his peak was better. But if you think recently PEA has been better. In fact Kane had some pretty serious injury issues the last two seasons so you would put a lot of strikers in front of Kane atm.
Agree with this and most in this thread. Kane at his best was a much more complete CF, capable of linking up better and contributing to the buildup/chance creation whereas Aubamayang is pretty limited. However over the last year or two, Aubamayang has been the better striker.
 

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Kane was the better striker.

It has gone slightly downhill for Kane for a few seasons, with a combination of injuries, missing quite a few matches, a defensive manager, and an overall declining squad. He scored just 35 league goals in the past two seasons (2018/2019 + 2019/2020) - that is nowhere near world-class for a supposedly world-class striker. In the two seasons before that, (2016/2017 + 2017/2018) he had scored nearly 60 goals. His peak was in 2017/2018 when his "goals to appearance" ratio was among the top three strikers in the world.

Auba is the more versatile footballer and is miles ahead of Kane in terms of fitness. Two seasons ago, everyone would have picked Kane ahead of Auba, this season, however, most will pick Auba ahead of Kane. Based on current form, there's hardly any competition between the two of them.
Agreed. Right now there's no way you pick Kane. Aubamayang is absolutely electric in the box whereas Kane looks a shadow of his old self.
 

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Kane at his peak is better and not by an inconsiderable amount either. However he hasn’t been at his peak for a while and whilst he’s still a very good striker it remains to be seen despite his relatively young age if he’ll ever hit those heights again. Whereas Auba has consistently put up top numbers both for BVB and a poor arsenal team for a number of years now.
It's interesting that Kane was linked to a couple of big clubs only two years ago, the prices being talked about in the papers were 150m, 200m, even 250m at his peak. While Arsenal essentially had a free run at Aubameyang for 56m, and they even offered him around Europe last year but no one showed interest. Pretty sure even we were linked but most people were turned off by the idea, it's all in the transfer thread (I wanted him btw). Now suddenly he's one of the best in the world again. I can understand Arsenal fans feeling that way, since he literally dragged them to silverware, but I'm surprised at how so many neutrals are dismissing Kane as if he's done. He's probably in the worst form of his life at the moment in one of the worst Spurs teams in recent years, and we all know he usually starts slow, but once he starts hitting form again I think we'll see a different tone here.
 

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It is. There's no point for Kane to play as a wide forward when he's the best striker around. Auba gets moved around because Arsenal can get something different by playing someone up top than Auba. No such thing needed with Kane as he's a complete forward, works harder, is more of a nuisance for the opposition team when they have the ball. He'd fit any team with his commitment and no-nonsense attitude to give it all. Can't say the same about Aubameyang.
I think that's a bit disingenuous to Auba. He works incredibly hard every game on and off the ball.
 

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Overall it’s Kane, he is a more well-rounded player for me. Lately he has been struggling with his fitness though, while Auba has been on fire after the COVID break, so, on current form, I’d pick Auba. It’s interesting that he has developed a new features in his game during the last couple of seasons – while usually it’s a time of a sustained peak/steady decline for forwards of his type at this stage of their career.
 

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I think that's a bit disingenuous to Auba. He works incredibly hard every game on and off the ball.
It is something that wasn’t true for the most of his career, including his early days in England, so it’s understandable that people still have that image of him, although he has improved drastically in that aspect lately.
 

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Kane. They have won very little or nothing at all despite them being fantastic strikers.
 

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Don't care who is better. I just know they are world-class strikers wasting their talent and prime years away at the clubs that won't amount to anything. Don't even know why Aubameyang left Dortmund for Arsenal. Dortmund is a better team who is second best to currently the best team in the world and regularly compete in Europe.
 

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I think it really depends on what you need as Team. Kane is a classic No 9 where as Aubameyang is more versatile you can use as CF and LW. Kane is/was a complete strike where Auba is a real scoring machine with a lot of speed. So if you build you're attack around a No 9 you need Kane otherwise Auba is your choice.

Right at moment Auba is in much better form of course. I guess Kane still needs time to find his rhytm after his injury. So if you are looking atm you would choose Aubameyang.

I would say Kane had the higher peak but Aubameyang was a constantly scoring in every position since his first season in Saint-Etienne and that was 11/12.

Kane is 4 more youngers so has more years in the tank but is more injured. In this perspectiv Kane wins.

  • Strenghts: Both have their strenghts - No 9 vs versatile
  • Form: Aubameyang
  • Peak: Kane
  • Consistency: Aubameyang
  • Age: Kane
I would say it's a coin toss. Because of the form you take Auba but this is just a snapshot.
 

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Don't care who is better. I just know they are world-class strikers wasting their talent and prime years away at the clubs that won't amount to anything. Don't even know why Aubameyang left Dortmund for Arsenal. Dortmund is a better team who is second best to currently the best team in the world and regularly compete in Europe.
The money at Arsenal is better than at Dortmund.
 

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Kane can be great but has to play himself into a rhythm and keeps getting hurt.
This. Even with their age difference this would be the reason why I would take Auba over Kane. Fitness is just as important as ability.
 

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Would be a shame if they both ended their careers without playing for a top side.
 

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Kane is in a bad patch but I think he's class, and was better than Auba ever has been.

But he needs to turn it around soon. I use to admire his ability on the ball when he dropped deep and sprayed passes around but maybe he needs to stay further up to grab some goals and get his confidence back.
 

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Kane is a proper number 9 and one of the best in the world at it, second only to Lewandowski and arguably Aguero.

Aubameyang can play across the front line and has/had blistering pace, but he's just one of quite a few who are very good at that, so i suppose that makes Kane better. Still, when he was at Dortmund I really wanted us to sign him, whereas I've never thought Kane would fit our team.
 

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Aubameyang is more versatile and has been more consistent (mostly due to injuries on Kane's side). It's pretty close, though. A few years back and it was definitely Kane.
 

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The money at Arsenal is better than at Dortmund.
I knew his wages were the only reason. Still think he could have waited and I am sure there would be a big club who would offer him the wages he wanted considering the lack of world class strikers in the current market.
 

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I think Aubameyang is very poor with his back to goal. Kane for me.
 

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Kane is too injury prone, which makes him unreliable, and sometimes hits a run of poor form, unlike Aubameyang. Also Aubameyang has much more pace than Kane. They are both great finishers, but I was watching highlights of Aubameyang the other day (I have watched most of Kane's goals) and I must say some of Auba's goals are simply breathtaking. Also Auba can play all across the front whereas Kane is just a CF. Aubameyang's goals have won Arsenal trophies, whereas Kane has failed to lead Spurs to anything and has often performed poorly. Aubameyang rejected offers from Barca and Inter Milan this window, yet there has been no big club offers for Kane. The age difference gives Kane more years to excel, but that aside it's definitely Aubameyang for me.
 
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Kane is too injury prone, which makes him unreliable,
For clarity since the end of the 2017 season including internationals
Kane 147 Games and 109 Goals
Aubamyang 142 Games and 102 Goals
Perfectly valid to prefer Aubamyang as a player over Kane but the stats dont really seem to show up one being particularly more injury prone or unreliable
 

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For clarity since the end of the 2017 season including internationals
Kane 147 Games and 109 Goals
Aubamyang 142 Games and 102 Goals
Perfectly valid to prefer Aubamyang as a player over Kane but the stats dont really seem to show up one being particularly more injury prone or unreliable
You clearly are ignoring the fact that during that period Kane played much more England games including 2018 World Cup finals and the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals, whereas Gabon didnt go far in the ACN 2017 finals and didn't play in the 2018 WC finals. You also can't deny that Kane has suffered long spells out injured and his stats show that.
 

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Kane is the better CF, Auba the better LF, although Kane has never really played there, however interestingly Kane is one of the best in the world in coming in from the left and shooting, few match him for precision from that angle
 

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For clarity since the end of the 2017 season including internationals
Kane 147 Games and 109 Goals
Aubamyang 142 Games and 102 Goals
Perfectly valid to prefer Aubamyang as a player over Kane but the stats dont really seem to show up one being particularly more injury prone or unreliable
England and Gabon are like Earth and Mars apart in football quality. Not comparable.
You can compare the league games for both players and will find a startling difference in the last two years.