Who's the better player - Van Persie or Suarez?

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez currently both have six goals each to their names in the Premier League this term.

After 10 games played, Van Persie has made 8 appearances and one as a substitute for United to Suarez’ 5 in total so far.

They’ve scored the same number of goals but Suarez has scored a goal every 75 minutes for Liverpool compared to Van Persie who has netted one goal every 123 minutes for the Red Devils. Van Persie takes an average of 3.6 shots per game with United and Suarez takes an average of 5.2 shots per game for the Merseysiders.

Van Persie has, however, made two assists to Suarez’ one so far but the Uruguayan forwards passing is far superior to the Dutchman’s overall – Van Persie has completed 188 passes to Suarez’ 207 and 0.6 key passes per game compared to Suarez’ 2.4 per game on average.

Van Persie’s passing accuracy sees him complete 78.2% of his attempted passes to Suarez’ 82.1% completion rate. Suarez’ dribbling is also superior to the Dutch ace’s – he completes 3.2 take-ons (dribbles) per game to Van Persie’s 1.1 per game on average. Van Persie is, however, dispossessed by a player of the opposition less (1.7 times per game) frequently than Suarez (2.4 times per game on average).

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Aerially, the 6ft2” Van Persie is head and shoulders above his 5ft11” counterpart – Van Persie has won 1.1 aerial duels per game to Suarez’ 0.4 per game. However the Uruguayan turns over possession more frequently – 4.2 times per game to Van Persie’s 1.2 times per game.

In terms of discipline, one would expect the Dutchman to come on top at least here but, surprisingly, Suarez has yet to be booked or sent off and Van Persie has picked up one yellow card so far. Van Persie has been named Man of the Match just once so far this term – Suarez has already been Man of the Match three times.

The overwhelming majority of the statistics so far favour Luis Suarez as the ‘better’ player of the pair – despite having played fewer games and less minutes for Liverpool, he’s scored the same number of goals, takes more shots, makes more passes of a better accuracy and dangerous nature, attempts more take-ons, turns over possession more regularly, and gets booked (albeit very slightly) less often.

Van Persie only really beats him in the air. The Dutch ace is 30 years of age and Suarez still has four years worth of improving to get on with yet. Statistically, and I believe in terms of overall technical level and consistency, Luis Suarez is a better player than Robin van Persie.

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