Strikers are key in any side because they often put the icing on the cake of great attacking moves by hitting the back of the net.
There were several key attacking performances over the weekend as Olivier Giroud re-discovered a bit of form for Arsenal while Daniel Sturridge continued the momentum he’s been building all season with Liverpool.
We’ve taken a look at the best strikers across several different areas.
|Carlton Cole||West Ham||FW||1||1||90|
Sturridge’s exploits for Liverpool were very nearly cancelled out by the brace Swansea star Wilfried Bony managed to secure in the same game. It’s also interesting to see Hull’s Jelavic on the list because he’s really struggled for form since the turn of the year.
On Target Attempts
|Player||Club||Pos||Ontarget Scoring Att||Apps||Mins|
|Wayne Rooney||Man Utd||FW||2||1||90|
Jelavic appears again as the most accurate player in terms of the attempts he had on goal. He’s finding form at the right time in terms of the World Cup and will play a big role over the rest of the season, helping Hull climb the table.
|Papiss Demba Cissé||Newcastle||FW||4||1||72|
|Glenn Murray||Crystal Palace||FW||3||1||66|
|Peter Odemwingie||West Brom||FW||3||1||90|
Glenn Murray deserves a mention in this stat because his performance against Manchester United came from his first start in the Premier League since he picked up that injury which forced him to miss the Championship play-off final. He really worked hard to keep the pressure on the Premier League champions.
Dribble Contests Won
|Gabriel Agbonlahor||Aston Villa||FW||1||1||90|
Sturridge appears again but it was a Newcastle forward who won more dribble contests than any other striker. Loic Remy was a constant threat throughout the game against Aston Villa, ultimately scoring the goal which secured the vital three points.
|Wayne Rooney||Man Utd||FW||61||1||90|
The magnifying glass was always going to be right on top of Wayne Rooney over the weekend following his new £300,000 per week contract. He responded impressively and protected the ball well throughout the win at Crystal Palace.
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