Who were the best strikers in March? Suarez, Rooney and more

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Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Southampton and Swansea City stars all feature.

The strikers are arguably the most important components of any team because they score the goals, which have a direct impact on a side’s position.

Liverpool’s dynamic duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez stood out again last month but there were some important performances from forwards at the other end of the table.

Here are the best strikers from March across several key areas.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 6 5 450
Jay Rodriguez Southampton FW 5 5 423
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 5 5 422
André Schürrle Chelsea FW 4 5 336
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 3 4 352

Suarez may have scored more goals than any other forward last month but there are noteworthy performances in this area. Jay Rodriguez has been outstanding, with the only English player with more goals Daniel Sturridge. Also bear in mind Schurrle’s goals haven’t always come with him playing up front.

Assists

PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 3 5 357
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 2 5 401
Gerard Deulofeu Everton FW 2 5 294
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 2 5 279
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 2 5 430

Lambert was more prolific last months in terms of assists, which helped the Saints maintain a decent Premier League position. He’s doing his chances of a place in Hodgson’s World Cup squad no harm at all.

On Target Attempts

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 13 5 450
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 10 5 401
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 10 5 390
Jay Rodriguez Southampton FW 9 5 423
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 9 5 422

Suarez also produced the most shots on target last month, which suggests he was the striker with the greatest accuracy. Whether he can maintain that all the way through April remains to be seen.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 183 5 435
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 158 5 422
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 142 5 450
Marko Arnautovic Stoke FW 141 5 427
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 118 5 401

Wayne Rooney is currently protecting the ball well, which bodes well for United’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich this evening. Suarez and Swansea’s Wilfried Bony also appear yet again.

Touches

PlayerClubPosTouchesAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 348 5 450
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 295 5 435
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 293 5 422
Marko Arnautovic Stoke FW 273 5 427
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 241 5 401

Suarez dominates yet another area with more touches than any other striker. He’s not just harassing defenders to try and score goals, he’s making himself available and dropping off to help out Liverpool when he needs to.

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