Stats - How does £7m West Ham target Rickie Lambert compare to Cole, Maiga, Nolan and more

Rickie Lambert

West Ham are thought to be considering another approach for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.

Rickie Lambert could be the subject of a £7 million bid from West Ham United as the fallout from Nicola Cortese’s departure at Southampton continues.

Cortese was the man who rejected a first approach from the Hammers to sign the 31-year-old when he was chairman but the Mirror has suggested that several Southampton stars are now considering their futures.

Signing Lambert would be a superb piece of business for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and West Ham would be getting a player in arguably the best form of his career, as he continues to enjoy call ups to the England national team.

So how does Lambert compare to the current crop of West Ham stars in key statistical areas from the Premier League this season?

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 6 21 1,556
Carlton Cole West Ham FW 4 11 398
Joe Cole West Ham MF 3 13 618
Ravel Morrison West Ham MF 3 15 1,109
Mohamed Diamé West Ham MF 2 20 1,485
Mark Noble West Ham MF 2 21 1,813

Lambert has scored more goals than any other West Ham player so far this season. He’s certainly capable of getting well over the double figures mark and would enjoy a relatively unchallenged position in West Ham’s attack.

Total Attacking Assists

PlayerClubPosTotal Att AssistAppsMins
Mark Noble West Ham MF 36 21 1,813
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 30 15 1,055
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 24 21 1,556
Matthew Jarvis West Ham MF 22 18 1,193
Kevin Nolan West Ham MF 17 18 1,475
Mohamed Diamé West Ham MF 14 20 1,485

Lambert is right in the mix in terms of the attacking assists he creates in the opponent’s final third. He’d inject a little bit of creativity and it proves his decision making under pressure is solid.

Shots on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 21 21 1,556
Kevin Nolan West Ham MF 10 18 1,475
Mohamed Diamé West Ham MF 9 20 1,485
Modibo Maiga West Ham FW 8 14 1,007
Joe Cole West Ham MF 7 13 618
Carlton Cole West Ham FW 6 11 398

Lambert has more shots on target than any other West Ham player by some distance. What that shows is that he’s very precise and careful to make the most of half chances and good chances when they fall his way.

Aerial Duels Won

PlayerClubPosAerial WonAppsMins
Modibo Maiga West Ham FW 83 14 1,007
James Tomkins West Ham DF 67 15 1,218
James Collins West Ham DF 53 14 1,113
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 41 21 1,556
Winston Reid West Ham DF 35 10 900
Carlton Cole West Ham FW 27 11 398

West Ham don’t always play slick passing football so any centre forward they have needs to be able to compete in the air. Lambert has won more aerial duels then the next West Ham player to appear on the list, Carlton Cole, so he’s well suited to hold up play and playing as a target man.

Fouled

PlayerClubPosWas FouledAppsMins
Mohamed Diamé West Ham MF 22 20 1,485
Ravel Morrison West Ham MF 19 15 1,109
Mark Noble West Ham MF 16 21 1,813
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 14 21 1,556
Joey O'Brien West Ham DF 13 15 1,055
Winston Reid West Ham DF 13 10 900

In terms of how many times Lambert is fouled, he’s right up there with other attacking players in the West Ham squad. The Hammers have some great players in dead ball situations and Lambert winning more free kicks gives an opportunity for shots on goal and good balls to be delivered into the box.

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