Soldado v Higuain - Stats comparisons of the Arsenal and Tottenham targets

Gonzalo Higuain

Tottenham and Arsenal may yet face heartache in their pursuit of top La Liga strikers, but if both were successful, who would be getting the better player?

Arsenal have been linked with a high profile move for Gonzalo Higuain ever since May, but it has slowly appeared that the striker is edging further away from them, and towards Napoli instead.

Until that deal is done, the Gunners hold out hope, but it appears for now their efforts are based towards Luis Suarez instead.

Tottenham meanwhile have been targeting Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, a deal which could cost £26 million, and talks are ongoing between the two clubs.

Both Higuain and Soldado are superb players, two of the most consistent strikers in La Liga, having proven their ability over a number of seasons. Higuain's younger age, 25, makes the Argentine a longer term investment than 28-year-old Soldado, but the Spanish striker is one of those players who appears to be getting even better as he matures.

We decided to take a look at the player's seasons, and record over the past five years to see if it could give us any clue as to who would be the better forward to sign...

La Liga Goals in 2012/13

Higuain: 16 goals in 19 games (nine as sub).

Soldado: 24 goals in 32 games (two as sub)

La Liga goals per minute in 2012/13

Higuain: 16 goals in 1,744 minutes of action - Goal every 109 minutes.

Soldado: 24 goals in 2,920 minutes of action - Goal every 121 minutes.

Total shots in La Liga in 2012/13

Higuain: 56 shots leading to 16 goals, a goal every 3.5 attempts.

Soldado: 100 shots leading to 24 goals, a goal every 4.1 attempts.

Champions League goals in 2012/13

Higuain: One goal in nine appearances, six starts.

Soldado: Four goals in seven starts.

Goals per minute in all competitions in 2012/13

Higuain: 18 goals in 2,506 minutes of action - Goal every 139 minutes.

Soldado: 30 goals in 3,673 minutes of action - Goal every 122 minutes.

Assists in 2012/13:

Higuain: Seven assists.

Soldado: Six assists.

La Liga goals over the past five seasons:

Higuain: 97 goals.

Soldado: 88 goals.

There really is little to choose between the two strikers, who have proved themselves on a consistent basis over the past five seasons. Higuain's strike rate stands up as better, because he outscored Soldado despite beginning that five year period in his early rather than mid-twenties, and also taking in several months out with a serious knee injury.

But if you are looking at a player to sign right now, you can't dismiss Soldado after the season he has just had, playing more regularly and outscoring Higuain, with a better overall goals per minute ratio, including four goals to one in the elite level of Champions League competition.

Whether we will see any of these players in the Premier League next season, is another matter entirely...

Who would you rather sign?

images: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro, © Jan S0L0

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