0 shots on target, 0 aerial duels won - Cavani struggles in role Chelsea would buy him for

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Edinson Cavani generally struggled in the exact role Chelsea would buy him for.

Edinson Cavani was presented with a chance to play against Chelsea last night in the exact role that the Blues would buy him for if they do a deal for the Uruguayan this summer.

Cavani had the chance to lead the PSG attack in the rare absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who normally causes Cavani to play slightly to one side of a three pronged attack.

So how did he get on?

There is evidence that he got stuck in with four shots. None of them were on target but it suggests he was working hard in attack and almost produced a spectacular goal in the first half, with a shot which looped just over the bar following a counter attack.

He protected the ball well with a 93% passing accuracy, which was bettered only by Lucas Moura and Thiago Motta.

In terms of how he uses the ball up front, he doesn’t try and be too clever (27 passes during the whole match) focusing more on his attacking position than dropping off to get involved in the build up play.

However, what these passing stats do suggest is that he rarely makes the wrong decision when he does receive the ball which gives his side a better chance of maintain pressure over the opposition.

He seemed to be better when he had time on the ball to get his head up and move the ball because he was dispossessed three times and turned the ball over three times last night, which made him one of the worst offenders in both categories.

His touches also make for disappointing reading with just 45 and seven players having more of the ball than the striker during the game. This stat suggests he struggled to get into the match and involved in the creative play as he would have liked.

If a side really got at him in a Chelsea shirt, snapped at his heels and put him under extreme pressure then there are signs he may struggle, which is daunting considering the higher pace of Premier League football.

However, the most important thing to remember is that this was just a single game and doesn’t weigh up fairly against his stats from the season. It just provides a small insight into how he would play against an English team.

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