Sergio Aguero vs Diego Costa | The Race To The Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero vs Diego Costa | The Race To The Golden Boot

As the Premier League has panned out in the last few seasons, of the teams having reasonably good defences*, those having the best striker win the title come the end of the season, more often than not. Last season, it was Manchester City, riding on Sergio Aguero. The season before that, it was Manchester United, for whom Robin Van Persie was firing on all cylinders. The list goes on. Great strikers win you the games that are seemingly headed towards …
Can Shane Long be the man to replace Romelu Lukaku?

Can Shane Long be the man to replace Romelu Lukaku?

This week, West Brom full back Steven Reid credited Shane Long with invigorating the success of Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell at the Hawthorns in the 2012/2013 season. He believes that he can perform a similar role for Nicolas Anelka this upcoming season. However, Reid’s comments got me thinking. Is Long capable of being the man to replace Lukaku, rather than being a foil to any potential replacement for the Belgian forward? Before looking at the most important areas for the …
Jermain Defoe - Has he progressed under AVB? | Stats Analysis

Jermain Defoe - Has he progressed under AVB? | Stats Analysis

Jermain Defoe has silenced his critics since the start of the season, with the striker firing nine goals into the net, keeping him near the top of the Golden Boot leader-board. But despite playing regular football under Andre Villas-Boas, has the Englishman actually improved his form under the Portuguese manager? Comparing last season to his season so far, I will question if Defoe has actually improved under AVB, or if his continuous game time has created a false facade of …
Golden Boot Race: Graphical Analysis of Suarez, Defoe, RVP, Ba & Michu

Golden Boot Race: Graphical Analysis of Suarez, Defoe, RVP, Ba & Michu

Should He Stay Or Should He Go? | Man City Strikers Stats Comparison

Should He Stay Or Should He Go? | Man City Strikers Stats Comparison

Following a year in which Manchester City dramatically won the league by beating Queens Park Rangers on the last day of the season (with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 92nd minute and Sergio Aguero in the 94th) after trailing 2-1 for virtually the entire second half, the club have their sights set on repeating their Premier League feat. But while the early results of the season have been mostly positive, with City sitting in third position in the table through eight …
Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

Assessing Forward Involvement | Shots Vs Passes Opta Stats Analysis

One of the more interesting innovations from an analytical standpoint at the current European Championship has been the measuring of the amount of time that a player spends with the ball per game. This measure of player involvement has in particular been applied to forward players, such as Mario Gomez. Gomez managed to score 3 goals from 6 shots in 2 games despite only having the ball for 22 seconds, according to Prozone. This contrasted with Robin Van Persie, who …
Louis Saha | Striking Struggles | Opta Stats

Louis Saha | Striking Struggles | Opta Stats

Unable to find that elusive bargain of a striker in the summer, mainly due to the paltry scraps of cash their bleak bank balance forces them to barter with, Everton have unsurprisingly struggled in front of goal this season. In fact, only Swansea and Wigan – both pre-season favourites to be relegation fodder – have scored fewer than the 18 strikes the Toffees have registered so far. On countless occasions Everton have dominated games, carved open opponents, sent in lavish …