Who were the best Premier League forwards this week? Podolski, Rooney and more

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Arsenal, Manchester United, Stoke City, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

The strikers are the firepower in a side and the players who are given the task of finishing the hard work of the defence and the creativity of a midfield.

The Premier League weekend action saw some good attacking performances up and down the league with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge continuing his good form while Victor Anichebe helped West Brom take a point off of Liverpool.

Here are the best performers from five different areas.

Attempts on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Shola Ameobi Newcastle FW 3 1 90
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 3 1 88
Luuk de Jong Newcastle FW 3 1 45
Darren Bent Fulham FW 2 1 90
Andy Carroll West Ham FW 2 1 59

The two Newcastle names are interesting considering the heavy loss at home to Sunderland. They were accurate in terms of their shooting, which suggests they were unlucky not to get into the game.

Times Fouled

PlayerClubPosWas FouledAppsMins
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 4 1 89
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 4 1 90
Victor Anichebe West Brom FW 3 1 26
Shane Long West Brom FW 3 1 90
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 3 1 90

A lot has been made this morning of Roberto Soldado’s form for Tottenham Hotspur. The fact he drew fouls in key areas suggests that he’s really putting in a lot of effort for the side at the moment, producing a threat with his movement on and off the ball.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 54 1 72
Craig Bellamy Cardiff FW 47 1 90
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 42 1 90
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 33 1 89
Gary Hooper Norwich FW 29 1 90

No surprise to see an Arsenal player at the top of this list but the explanation for Podolski, and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, is that they both took midfield positions at times during their games, which allowed them to get more involved in the play.

Headed Passes

PlayerClubPosHead PassAppsMins
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 19 1 90
Andy Carroll West Ham FW 14 1 59
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 13 1 90
Shola Ameobi Newcastle FW 11 1 90
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 8 1 88

Crouch is an obvious aerial threat for Stoke but he achieved more headed passes over the weekend than any other player. That shows more intelligence than he’ll be given credit for and suggests he’s able to flick the ball off, allowing Stoke to maintain pressure.


Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 79 1 90
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 78 1 72
Craig Bellamy Cardiff FW 67 1 90
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 59 1 89
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 55 1 82

This stats is significant for Rooney (again explained by his sometimes midfield position) because he’s coming back from injury. He was able to get on the ball frequently and his touch and feel will start coming back.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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