Who were the best forwards over the weekend? Adebayor, Rooney and more

Crystal Palace, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

There were some fantastic attacking displays of football over the weekend with Liverpool’s performance against Arsenal while Swansea City won an intense Welsh derby against Cardiff City.

Any striker in form at this time of year is worth their weight in gold as the second half of the season is now well and truly under way. Here are the best strikers across several areas based on the weekend stats.


Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 1 1 90
Darren Bent Fulham FW 1 1 45
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 1 1 90
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 1 1 83
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 1 1 90

Not much to choose between the strikers this week in terms of goals but Fulham’s Darren Bent showed great composure, finding the right position to nod in an equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Attempts on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 3 1 78
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 2 1 90
Peter Odemwingie West Brom FW 2 1 90
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 2 1 90
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 2 1 66

It’s significant for Manchester United that Wayne Rooney showed a little bit of form against Fulham in terms of his accuracy. The champions are going to need him to have a big few months if they are to get anywhere near fourth place.

Tackles Won

PlayerClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Sammy Ameobi Newcastle FW 2 1 90
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 2 1 83
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 2 1 90
Shane Long West Brom FW 2 1 89
Peter Odemwingie West Brom FW 2 1 90

Chamakh’s performance against West Brom showed a great deal of passion and desire, as he raced around the field trying to win the ball back as quickly as he could for his team. He took a little bit of pressure off of others and put in a good shift of hard work.

Duels Won

PlayerclubPosDuel WonAppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 12 1 90
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 10 1 83
Carlton Cole West Ham FW 10 1 45
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 10 1 86
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 9 1 90

Benteke has featured in this piece over the last couple of weeks and he maintained recent improvements, winning more duels than any other player. It’s just a shame his Villa teammates weren’t on the same wavelength as his side fell to a home defeat against West Ham United.

Aerial Duels Won

PlayerClubPosAerial WonAppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 11 1 90
Kenwyne Jones Stoke FW 7 1 56
Carlton Cole West Ham FW 6 1 45
Jonathan Walters Stoke FW 5 1 90
Jozy Altidore Sunderland FW 4 1 90

Benteke features again, winning nearly double the number of aerial duels managed by Carlton Cole. If Villa are going to break into the top half of the table over the next chunk of the season, the Belgian will likely be at the heart of it.

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