How does Chelsea target Costa compare to Liverpool hit man Suarez?

Diego Costa

Two of the most dangerous forwards - Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez - are both linked with moves.

Reports suggest the Brazilian-born Spain international is the subject of interest from Chelsea who could wrap up a deal to bring him to Stamford Bridge imminently whilst Manchester United and Real Madrid are reportedly preparing to test Liverpool’s resolve for their Uruguayan hero with offers in excess of £60 million according to reports.

25-year-old Costa scored 27 goals and made three assists for the Spanish champions across 35 appearances in La Liga last term whilst 27-year-old Suarez scored 31 goals and made 12 assists Liverpool across 33 appearances in the Premier League.

Already we can see how much more productive the Reds man is in terms of his scoring and creation of goals and across fewer appearances but, in terms of performance level, who is the better forward?

The pair achieved remarkably close pass completion rates with Costa slightly ahead on 75.5% to Suarez’s 74.8% and Suarez also averaged more passes per game, 38.3 on average to Costa’s 22.3 for Atletico Madrid.

Offensively, Suarez took a significantly higher number of shots, 5.5 per game on average to Costa’s 3.1 per game. However, Costa achieved a higher accuracy rate with his finishing, with 57% of his shots hitting the target to Suarez’ 53%.

Suarez was the more comfortable in possession, however, evidenced by his 2.8 dribbles per game to Costa’s 1.7 per game on average and Suarez was dispossessed less often, 1.8 times per game to Costa’s high 3.6 times per game. Costa did win more aerial duels though, 1.3 per game to Suarez’ 0.7.

Overall, it’s quite clear that the Liverpool striker is the more creative and the more prolific in terms of his goals, assists and his overall play when in possession of the ball but there is no doubt that Costa is the better target man and is also the more efficient when he does get a chance to strike at goal.

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