Jay Rodriguez would be just as good a signing as Loic Remy for Liverpool

Jay Rodriguez

The stats suggest that reported Liverpool target Jay Rodriguez is every bit as good a player as their first choice striking addition, Loic Remy would have been.

Liverpool’s pursuit of Loic Remy appears to have ended after the striker failed a medical earlier on Sunday.

However, their striker chase is not over as Brendan Rodgers seeks a player who can replace Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona this summer.

Doing this directly will be hard for any player across the world, but the hope is that Liverpool can bring in a front-man who will limit the damage from Suarez’s departure.

Initially Rodgers identified Remy as his first choice target, but his attention now seems to have turned towards Jay Rodriguez and the stats suggest that there is very little to choose between him at the QPR striker.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsSuccessful dribbles / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsDispossessed / appsAppsMins
Jay Rodriguez Southampton FW 15 3 3.06 1.21 16.94 40.24 1.91 33 2,567
Loïc Remy Newcastle FW 14 3 3.46 1.12 18.15 36.04 1.38 26 2,103

Rodriguez managed one more goal than Remy last season, but in every other category their stats are very similar – proving that there is little difference in quality between them.

It means that the failure to land the Frenchman may not be as big a blow as it seems, if Rodriguez does end up at Anfield.

Naturally, Remy was the first choice due to the fact he was available for a bargain price of £8 million, but Rodriguez is three years younger and may represent a better long-term addition.

The Southampton man may be the more costly of the pair, but he has only been playing at the top level for two years and the improvements he has made in that time are staggering.

Indeed, if it wasn’t for an injury the 24-year-old would surely have been part of England’s World Cup plans this summer.

He wouldn’t have any problems settling in at Anfield, either. The Liverpool squad has an English core to it, and he would also be joining up with former team-mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and, if he is to complete a deal as expected, Dejan Lovren on Merseyside.

His style of play is also fitting of a Rodgers side. Rodriguez never allow defenders a moments peace and, whilst his pace is an obvious asset, he is also capable aerially and with the ball at his feet.

It means that Liverpool, with their influx of money, should have no hesitation in signing Rodriguez. He may be more expensive than Remy, but he is at least as talented as their first-choice target and he can mean that missing out on the French international striker will not be a disaster.

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