Ba, Eto'o or Torres: Stats reveal who must be sold, who must start

Samuel Eto'o

Latest figures indicate that the decision over who must play consistently and who must be sold should be clear to Chelsea.

There is currently much debate over whom should lead Chelsea's title charge on two fronts… does Jose Mourinho go with Samuel Eto'o, whom he was so found of at Internazionale, or continue with Demba Ba, who has been reliable in the past week, scoring two vital goals against Paris Saint Germain and then Swansea City in order to keep the club's Champions League and Premier League aspirations alive.

One thing is for certain, he will not want to keep hold of Fernando Torres who, at £50m, is undoubtedly Chelsea's biggest and most expensive flop. This, coming from the club who also signed Andriy Shevchenko…

From the data table below, it is evident that Torres, 30, is on the ball more frequently than both Eto'o and Ba, yet he is not able to influence a match as much as the Cameroonian and Senegalese strikers. Torres receives a touch on the football once every 2.14 minutes on average, yet has the worst passing accuracy, creates the fewest amount of chances compared to the minutes he is selected for and has the worst minutes to goals ratio, also.

Valued at £16.5m by, the Blues would be lucky to receive anything higher than £10m for a striker who has been off-form since his final season at Liverpool, however, it has been suggested that the player could be used as part of any deal for Atletico Madrid hit-man Diego Costa. The striker is, like Torres, expected to be pricetagged at £50m, but by including Torres in a deal Chelsea may receive some money off the negotitation.

Elsewhere on the table, one can see that while Eto'o has the greatest passing accuracy out of all three players compared, he also has the worst dribbling accuracy and is the worst culprit when it comes to providing assists for his team-mates.

Ba, though, the same player who is potentially on the cusp of hot form, is an efficient dribbler of the football, only has a marginally inferior shooting accuracy to Eto'o and has the best minutes per goal ratio.



Mins/ TouchPass AccDribble AccShooting AccMins/ ChanceMins/ AssistMins/ GoalMins
Eto'o 2.39 76% 36% 43% 56.00 616.00 154.00 1,232
Ba 2.39 68% 50% 41% 114.00 456.00 114.00 456
 Torres 2.14 64% 41% 28% 68.67 360.50 360.50 1,442

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