(to) Lead the line
Forwards have many jobs in football – the main one being scoring goals – but sometimes a striker also needs to work hard up front on his/her own, defend from the front, cause the defence trouble and bring in other players to the attack. If the forward can do all of these we say that he/she leads the line well. Sometimes the phrase will refer to the position of centre forward, for instance, Marcus Rashford will lead the line against Arsenal today. In yesterday’s World Cup qualifier between Ireland and Austria, the Irish striker Jon Waters lead the line well: he gave the Austrian defence a hard time, he linked up well with his team mates and he scored a vital goal – an equaliser – for the Irish. He lead the line very well indeed.