Ecuador hit man linked to WHL - How does he compare to Bony & Lukaku?

Ecuador v Colombia Lineup

Ecuador's striker Enner Valencia has already revealed himself as one of the surprises of the World Cup.

With three goals in his two Group E games, the Pachuca forward has continued a spell of goalscoring form that has seen him score for his country in six consecutive games, including a superb header in the pre-tournament Miami friendly with England.

It appears that his performances have not gone unnoticed back in the Premier League, with Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton all having taken an interest.

Andres Fassi, vice-president of the Liga MX club told Mexican ESPN: "Enner Valencia’s value increases every day. We don’t know if he will stay, it will be hard given the offers we have received."

Given that Spurs could be one of those clubs that have already submitted offers, we compare the 25-year-old to fellow Tottenham targets Romelu Lukaku and Wilfried Bony, to see which one may be  the better deal.

  TeamGoalsTotal Scoring AttemptsOn Target Shooting Accuracy %% Aerial Duels WonAppsMins
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3 6 66.67 33.33 2 180
Wilfried Bony Côte d'Ivoire 1 4 25.00 0.00 2 138
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 0 0 0.00 0.00 1 58

It is clear that Valencia has demonstrated more impressive attacking instincts in Brazil, with 3 goals in his 2 games and a 67% shooting accuracy. Both Bony and Lukaku have struggled in their games at the World Cup, having surprisingly failed to win an aerial duel between them and with limited shooting success. Bony managed to find the net with a strike in the Ivory Coast's first game with Japan, but Lukaku was very poor in what is so far his only game - failing to even register a shooting attempt, let alone finding the back of the net.

  TeamPassing Accuracy %Dribble Success %Touches / appsWas FouledAppsMins
Enner Valencia Ecuador 71.43 55.56 41.50 6 2 180
Wilfried Bony Côte d'Ivoire 89.66 100.00 23.00 1 2 138
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 83.33 0.00 20.00 0 1 58

Valencia also impressed with his number of touches per appearance, getting on the ball more than both other forwards, though their figures may be restricted by the fact they didn't finish their games. He also drew 6 fouls over Ecuador's 2 games, with Bony and Lukaku having just the 1 between them. Valencia's passing success is lower than the other two, but he also has a decent dribbling rate, even if it is some way short of Bony's perfect 100% rate, indicating that every time he tried to beat his man he did so.

Despite scoring 18 times in 23 games since joining Pachuca in January, Valencia would undoubtedly cost less that the roughly £20 million Swansea are demanding for Bony, and considerably less than the £30 million figure Chelsea are reportedly asking for Lukaku, making it fair to say that the forward represents significant value for money, even if he is unproven in Europe. He, more than the other two players, is someone in the middle of a rich vein of form, and though banking on him as the side's new striker would be risky, investing in him as an on-form squad addition would be very sensible business for Mauricio Pochettino, or any other manager that was debating a bid.

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