Three Premier League clubs could be in for Brazilian pictured at Luton but how do his stats compare to Liverpool, Newcastle United & Everton strikers?
Valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £39.5m, Hulk - a player seemingly available in the mid-season market - could go on to become one of the most significant transfers of the winter window, as the Brazil international is rumoured to be ready to leave Russia.
The fact that just 24 hours ago he uploaded a picture of himself on a private jet with his GSP listed at Luton Airport and speculation began linking the forward with a big-money move to three of the Premier League's London-based clubs, and all of them could do with his services: Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
When foreign players switch leagues and join the top division in England, if they are from a hot climate, there is oft questions levied against them… whether they will be able to cope with the zero degree temperatures at away games in the north of the country, however, considering he has returned 23 goals and 17 assists (a combined haul of 40) from 50 appearances in all competitions for Zenit, after five good years at FC Porto, it is presumably safe to assume he would not struggle to adapt.
Also, considering he statistically matches players such as Dan Sturridge at Liverpool, Newcastle United's loan star Loic Remy and Everton's tank Romelu Lukaku, it would be no wonder if he became the subject of a transfer scramble between the respective upper brass at the Gunners, the Blues and the Lilywhites.
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Where Hulk excels is his willingness to take a player on, attempting a dribble every 37 minutes on average having gone for a run with the ball 29 times. While Liverpool asset Luis Suarez is a league above all his peers listed above, he has done so with far more pitch-time than Hulk, attempting a dribble every 29 minutes.
Hulk has a handsome combined goal and assist haul of 14 from his last 14 appearances in league competition, affecting the score-line once every 78 minutes, identical to Sturridge, who has attracted widespread commendation for his influence throughout the 2013 calendar year and a superior stat than Romelu Lukaku, Loic Remy and Romelu Lukaku.
There are facets of Hulk's play that will no doubt be scrutinised further in the Premier League, such as his finishing ability - out of all six forwards in the data table, he has the worst rate of turning a shot into a goal, scoring only one every 6.6 chances he gets on goal: both Sturridge and Suarez are far more clinical.
Hulk is also not without criticism when it comes to losing possession, he has been dispossed 44 times - perhaps a byproduct of his dribbling, yet Suarez - who has competed in 433 more minutes has been dispossessed 9 fewer times.
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