Liverpool targets Bony, Remy, Rodriguez - who was best last year?

Loic Remy

Brendan Rodgers is reportedly pondering the merits of Swansea City, QPR and Southampton strikers, but who was most effective last season?

When it comes to Liverpool's trident of striker targets - Wilfried Bony, Loic Remy and Jay Rodriguez - the former pair returned statistics that contain only negligible differences yet are a level above the latter.

Considering the players would all command a similar fee - estimated to be around the £19 million mark - it would perhaps be prudent to opt for ones who displayed a superior level of consistency throughout the 2013-14 Premier League season.

In this respect, Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy are both the wiser choice.

With a shot on target every 61 minutes and 65 minutes on average, the Swansea City man and Newcastle United loan star tested the opposition goalkeeper more frequently throughout last year than Southampton's Jay Rodriguez, who managed a shot on target every 80 minutes - almost an entire match.

While all three hauled in a similar amount of combined goals and assists, when it comes to the overall minutes each competitor played, then Rodriguez again comes out last as his attacking efficiency (minutes per goal scored or assist provided) is once every 142 minutes, compared to an identical feat of once every 123 minutes for both Bony and Remy.

  ClubShot accGoals per shot attemptShots /appMins / On target shotGoalChance CreatedAssistMins /goal + assistAppsMins
Bony Swansea 37.0% 14.8% 3.2 61.8 16 25 4 123.7 34 2,472
Remy Newcastle 35.6% 15.6% 3.5 65.7 14 30 3 123.7 26 2,103
Rodriguez Southampton 31.7% 14.9% 3.1 80.2 15 20 3 142.6 33 2,567

Ultimately, what may be nudging Reds manager Brendan Rodgers toward Rodriguez is the fact the player has a pre-existing relationship with other erstwhile Saints on the Mersey - Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

When it comes to talent and performance-level, though, there is a tie at the top of the charts so perhaps it is important to reminisce over Thierry Henry's World Cup appraisal of the Cote d'Ivoire international.

In this article highlighting what makes Bony so attractive in the transfer market, Henry is quoted to have said: "[He has] great awareness, he can finish with his left, right foot and header. He's strong, good in one-on-one situations, has pace - he [puts himself] about [in the right positions]. If you cross, he'll be there; he has great movement."

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