Who are Lewandowski and Cavani best suited to? - The Stats

Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani could both be on their way to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race, but who would they best suit?

Every single day there seems to be a new story and a new rumour relating to the futures of Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani.

Both strikers are transfer heavyweights with several top English and European sides in the mix to sign them ahead of next season, throwing down a major signal of intent to their rivals.

Manchester City and Chelsea both have the edge in terms of available cash but what do the stats say about how each would get on at those clubs?

Robert Lewandowski

The Polish striker’s basic numbers from last season are very good; 24 goals and seven assists from 31 Bundesliga matches to go with ten goals from 13 matches in the Champions League.

He knows how to hit the back of the net and showed in the Champions League he can improvise under pressure to grab an important goal.

He also scored 30 league goals over the two seasons before last season so he’s consistent which makes him a good investment for any side after him.

His discipline is also superb as he picked up only two yellow cards in the Bundesliga last season, subsequently leading to his only red card.

He also wins more aerial challenges per game than Cavani with 2.8 compared to 0.9 which makes him important for Chelsea in terms of holding the ball up, bring others into play but also providing a physical threat in an otherwise small team.

That makes him reliable and available provided he doesn’t get injured.

He led the attack of a side very similar to Chelsea in terms of their midfield; small and dynamic players on the ball, geared at feeding the ball into him quickly.

He was also used to being the main man in the Borussia Dortmund attack last season, which is another strike in Chelsea’s favour because he won’t be under threat at Stamford Bridge in the same way he would be from Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Edinson Cavani

Cavani’s goalscoring record last season is superior to Lewandowski’s with 29 goals in 34 league games for Napoli.

He also had a solid strike rate in terms of the Europa League last season with a goal per game in the European competition.

He seems more suited to Manchester City because he’s been effective at a club less reliant on playing pure football. The emphasis for City next season will be to simply score goals and win matches, a main ethos from Manuel Pellegrini.

Lewandowski is a player who thrives more around a certain style of play while Cavani just gets the job done. He’d be effective at either club but for that reason Manchester City should go after him.

Cavani is by far the more aggressive player, booked on eight occasions in league football compared to Lewandowski’s two bookings.

That’s exactly what City need next season; a goalscoring striker who isn’t afraid to get stuck into the opposition whether that means he’s going to get booked or not.

Who do you think is better for Chelsea and Manchester City?

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