The Liverpool forward scooped the PFA Player of the Year award this term, but it is worth looking at how he performed in 2012-13 also.
During his time in England Luis Suarez has gone from villain to hero, with his past misdemeanours being put to one side this term due to sheer admiration of his ability on the pitch.
The tempestuous Uruguayan forward has been a key reason for Liverpool’s title charge and recently scooped the PFA Player of the Year award for his exploits.
However, has Suarez been markedly better this season than last? Has he been more deserving of the PFA award this season than last term?
Lets take a look at the stats…
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The obvious first thing to notice is that Suarez has scored seven more goals and laid on seven additional assists this term. That said, the South American’s improved numbers in these respects may well be down to the Reds’ team being more dominant and playing better football this season.
When it comes to big chances missed, Suarez’s record is identical to last term, with the striker blowing 0.42 golden opportunities to score per game.
Suarez has recorded more shots on target on average than last season, while his shots off target are virtually the same.
This season the Uruguayan has offered more successful through balls that have played a team-mate into a one-on-one situation with an opposition goalkeeper, 0.48 per game compared to 0.39 last term.
Finally, the amount of successful dribbles that Suarez has embarked on has not drastically changed, with last season’s tally per game slightly better.
Suarez’s award of the PFA award this year is down to his exhilarating play, but the fact that his stats have not drastically changed since last season suggests two things.
Firstly, his Liverpool team-mates must get some of the credit for Suarez’s individual accolade, as a more dominant team has ensured he was in the limelight and provided him with the chance to score more goals.
Also, with no real controversies of note this season compared to previous campaigns, the South American’s improved discipline has clearly played a part in the award – as last season his stats were just as good.