Who were the best Premier League forwards this week? Sturridge, Aguero and more

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Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle United stars feature plus more.

Goals win games, which makes the strikers in any team arguably the most important players. There were some standout attacking performances from forwards this week, as Daniel Sturridge ripped apart Everton although the ball from his missed penalty is probably still orbiting the earth.

On the other hand, as Chelsea found out against West Ham, strikers can sometimes cut the most frustrated of figures against a stubborn defence, determined to hold out under pressure. We’ve taken a look at the stats across several different areas to see who were the best forwards this week. Take a look.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 2 1 72
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 1 1 45
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 1 1 90
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 1 1 90
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 1 1 89

Sturridge’s second goal against Everton was superb and he was a constant threat throughout the Merseyside derby. It’s also significant to see Olivier Giroud maintaining his good form for Arsenal while Christian Benteke got on the score sheet for Aston Villa ahead of a very important second half to the season.

Shots on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 3 1 45
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 3 1 72
Luis Suárez Liverpool FW 3 1 90
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 2 1 90
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 2 1 65

The combination of Sturridge and Suarez up front for Liverpool shows no signs of slowing down. Their accuracy in terms of shooting meant Everton never had a chance to breathe. The same can be said for Sergio Aguero against Tottenham Hotspur, especially as City were playing away from home.

Total Passes

PlayerClubPosTotal PassAppsMins
Craig Bellamy Cardiff FW 60 1 90
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 45 1 90
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 39 1 90
Sammy Ameobi Newcastle FW 36 1 87
Dimitar Berbatov Fulham FW 35 1 83

From a Manchester City point of view, it will be encouraging to see Edin Dzeko with so many attempted passes. It shows he’s dropping off well to get involved in the build up play.

Headed Passes

PlayerClubPosHead PassAppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 18 1 90
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 11 1 84
Shane Long West Brom FW 11 1 90
Andy Carroll West Ham FW 10 1 64
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 9 1 86

Another area where Benteke will draw some confidence from is headed passes. He made more than any other player this week. What that tells us is that the Belgian striker is aware of what’s going on around him, always thinking about how he can flick the ball on and bring others into the game.

Touches

PlayerClubPosTouchesAppsMins
Craig Bellamy Cardiff FW 72 1 90
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 66 1 90
Peter Odemwingie West Brom FW 60 1 89
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 59 1 90
Sammy Ameobi Newcastle FW 58 1 87

Newcastle’s Ameobi is worth a mention because in a match where the Toon’s front men could have become frustrated (as Loic Remy did, getting sent off), he always looked to make himself available, showing an intelligence to try and get his side into the game in key areas.

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