Arsenal and Manchester United current stars and transfer targets both feature.
The strikers are arguably the most important players in any team because they’re the players who have to get on the end of the midfield’s hard work and score the goals.
We’ve decided to take a look at five different areas to see who were the best strikers in each.
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Three players currently lead the race for the World Cup’s golden boot. Louis van Gaal will probably be kicking himself for not being able to go after Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller for Manchester United, but Robin Van Persie has three goals himself and isn’t far behind.
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There is double reason for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to be happy looking at this list. Transfer target Karim Benzema is showing good composure in the final third while Joel Campbell is doing everything possible to feature for the Gunners next season.
We’ve chosen touches as a stat to look at because it shows how much a player is getting into a game. It’s easy to see why the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United were all linked with Honda based on this as he mixes with some of the best players in the world for this section.
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Honda also features with more accurate passes than any other player. A possible reason could be his ability to drop off and play in midfield, which is something he’s very experienced at doing. It’s a case of familiar names though ex-Fulham star Bryan Ruiz also protected the ball well.
Although tackling is predominantly a defensive trait, it’s important for strikers to tackle well and win the ball back high up the pitch to stop the opposition from building pressure. No player was more effective at doing this than Switzerland’s Admir Mehmedi.