St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to St James Park this summer. Considering his record this season you can see why; so will he be on his way?
This story will need me to dive into the French pocket dictionary once again as I say ‘merci mon frere’ to OptaJean for one of his latest statistics.
OptaJean is France’s equivalent to our very own OptaJoe; bringing you a selection of statistics from the Opta Database on a regular basis daily through Twitter.
One such statistic really caught my eye on Tuesday…
55 - Only Ronaldo (77) and Messi (67) have had more shots on target than P-E Aubameyang (55) in the Top 5 European leagues. Triggers.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 26, 2013
That’s right; across Europe’s top five leagues Newcastle United summer transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is second only to the world’s best Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when it comes to getting shots away on target.
His whopping tally of 55 shots on target in Ligue 1 has amounted to just 14 league goals this season which is something of a worry for both potential suitors and the gullets of opposition goalkeepers considering the power the Gabon international possesses in his oft decorative Nike Vapors.
The former AC Milan youngster has certainly been attracting attention for his performances across The Channel in recent months but Newcastle fans should not be all set to welcome a new French speaking member to their army of Francophones.
St Etienne are currently on a great run of form that sees the country’s most successful ever club surging up the table and looking to pip the likes of Marseille, Nice and the in-form Montpellier to third spot an potential Champions League qualification; something which may persuade Aubameyang to stay in the Loire for a little while longer:
"You never know what will happen in life, if we qualify for Europe that could change things. Why not play in the Champions League with Saint-Etienne next season?"
Why not indeed!
Would you like to see Aubameyang playing in the Premier League next season?