Who were the best strikers in February? Sturridge, Rooney and more

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Arsenal, Cardiff City, Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United stars all feature.

The strikers in a side quite often grab all of the headlines because they are the players who hit the back of the net and make the difference in the hunt for important points at either end of the Premier League table.

There were plenty of good performances from front men last month, which prompted us into looking at the key performers in different areas from hitting the back of the net to the forwards who track back and make the most tackles. Take a look.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 5 4 325
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 3 4 353
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 3 4 346
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 3 4 338
Victor Anichebe West Brom FW 2 4 179

Surprise surprise, it’s a Liverpool man who dominates this stat with Daniel Sturridge continuing the form he’s shown ever since he moved to the club from Chelsea. If Sturridge keeps it up over the rest of the season, Liverpool have a great chance of winning the title.

Goal Assists

Luis SuarezClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 3 4 356
Victor Anichebe West Brom FW 2 4 179
Andy Carroll West Ham FW 2 1 59
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 2 4 324
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 2 4 335

Luis Suarez is dispelling any myths that he’s a selfish player with more goal assists in the Premier League last month than anyone else. It’s significant for Liverpool as they chase Premier League silverware. Not only is he hitting the back of the net himself, he’s setting up players consistently.

On Target Attempts

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Nikica Jelavic Hull FW 12 4 346
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 7 4 325
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 6 4 335
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 6 4 360
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 6 4 356

Jelavic is finding his range at the right time for himself and for Hull City. Hull are creeping up towards the top half of the table but Jelavic is giving himself every chance of featuring in the World Cup this summer for Croatia.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 172 4 360
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 136 3 192
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 118 4 353
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 102 4 360
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 99 4 356

This one can be explained through the fact that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski, while classed as strikers, both drop into midfield positions regularly for their sides which gives them a great chance to get involved in the passing build up play.

Tackles Won

PlayerClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Peter Odemwingie Cardiff City FW 8 4 360
Jay Rodriguez Southampton FW 7 4 357
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 6 3 239
Shane Long Hull City FW 6 4 345
Sammy Ameobi Newcastle FW 5 3 206

No forward made more tackles last month than Peter Odemwingie. He’s putting in a big shift to win the ball back for his side frequently, which shows he’s trying to be more than an out and out goalscorer for the team at the moment.

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