Stats: Who were the best strikers in April?

Adebayor And Saha V Arsenal

Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and West Ham United stars all feature.

The strikers in any side are priceless at this time of year. There is a lot of tension at both ends of the Premier League table and it could all come down to who keeps their nerve with those half chances.

Sides battling away at the wrong end of the table often have forwards who raise their game over the final part of the season but there were still some standout displays from forwards at some of the bigger clubs.

We’ve assessed the best performers in several key areas.

Goals

  ClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Connor Wickham Sunderland FW 5 4 336
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 4 4 360
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 4 4 330
Harry Kane Spurs FW 3 4 349
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 2 4 360

What a fantastic month it was for Sunderland forward Connor Wickham. He scored more goals than any other striker throughout April to help Sunderland to a position where they were able to step out of the bottom three.

Assists

  ClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 1 4 360
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 1 4 222
Sone Aluko Hull FW 1 2 49
Marko Arnautovic Stoke FW 1 4 348
Fabio Borini Sunderland FW 1 5 429

There’s nothing to choose between the strikers on this list, with several more also registering a single assist last month. It shouldn’t be a major surprise as strikers can get selfish and go for goal themselves more than look for a teammate at this time of year.

On Target Attempts

  ClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Harry Kane Spurs FW 9 4 349
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 9 4 330
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 7 5 331
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 6 4 360
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 6 4 360

The standout name here is Harry Kane. The spurs youngster has risen to the challenge of being given a chance by Tim Sherwood. Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has also been very accurate, suggesting it’s important for the Gunners to hold onto him beyond this summer.

Aerial Duels Won

  ClubPosAerial WonAppsMins
Andy Carroll West Ham FW 46 4 354
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 25 4 319
Shola Ameobi Newcastle FW 17 4 206
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 17 4 360
Cameron Jerome Stoke FW 17 5 385

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see West Ham’s Andy Carroll right at the very top of this list. He’s the perfect example of a target man and utilises West Ham’s best style of play, which has helped them to a safe Premier League position.

Accurate Passes

  ClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 160 4 360
Lukas Podolski Arsenal FW 149 4 330
Marko Arnautovic Stoke FW 134 4 348
Mats Daehli Cardiff FW 129 4 330
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 127 4 360

No striker was more accurate last month in terms of passing than Emmanuel Adebayor. The Spurs striker showed good composure to make the right decision and offload to a teammate when there wasn’t a way through. It’s another mark of how well he’s done under the guidance of Tim Sherwood.

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