Two of Germany's World Cup winners, Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Andre Schurrle of Chelsea, both put their own stamp on the recent tournament in Brazil and emerged champions - but out of the two, an established first-teamer who enjoys a mainstay status or a reliable supersub capable of changing or enhancing a game from the bench, which Premier League athlete had the bigger impact in South America?
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When it comes to data comparisons, it is important to consider that even though both attackers played in a similar amount of games, Ozil featured in almost three times as many combined minutes, meaning that any statistic - for example, passes - will be skewed if studying total hauls. For a more accurate representation in this example, studying each stat to minutes played is a fairer method of analysis.
On this basis, Ozil and Schurrle have only negligible differences when it comes to minutes per touch and passing accuracy, but the Gunner is three times as effective as the Blue when it comes to precision in the cross, is twice as prolific at producing passes that penetrate into the final third, the penalty area, attempting layoff passes and creating goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates.
It is perhaps no surprise, that when it comes to the pass… the appreciation of it, the variation of it and the vision, former Real Madrid star Ozil comes out on top over his compatriot.
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When studying the respective striking data there is again, no competition, yet this time it is Schurrle who is considerably more effective than Ozil.
Not only is Jose Mourinho's difference-maker more likely to hit the target, but he is also far more productive in and around the penalty-box as he attempted a shot every 16 minutes he was on the field, scored three times, assisted once and so was therefore responsible for affecting the scoreline once every 61 minutes.
With the score finely balanced at 1-1, perhaps it comes down to moments.
In this regard, it is Schurrle who produced the more memorable pieces of individual play.
While the vision required to ignore a plethora of white-shirted Germans who were rampaging into the box, to pick out an unmarked and free Toni Kroos in the World Cup final against Argentina cannot be underestimated - and had Kroos found the net the world's media would be singing the creator, Ozil's praises - it is indeed Schurrle who ended up with the highlight-reel moment as the competition reached it's climax.
Schurrle, who scored from the bench against the USA and returned a brace versus Brazil, saved his most defining moment for last when he helped win the tournament by sending in the cross that Mario Goetze chest-controlled before converting a volley in what was as beautiful a two-touch goal you are likely to see in a cup final.
By no means is Ozil deserving of the criticism that has been leveled toward him throughout his outings in Brazil, yet when it comes to lasting World Cup impact, it will be an emergent superstar for the future - Schurrle - who has that one key moment that overrides all other key stats.