Balotelli, Van Persie or Dzeko – Who was the North West’s best striker this weekend?

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We take a look at which striker from Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool shone most at the weekend.

In an eventful round of fixtures in the Premier League over the weekend we take a look at which striker from the North West came out on top as the most impressive.

Our nominees for this weekend include Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, two-goal Manchester City hero Edin Dzeko and Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli.

  TeamPosGoalsTotal Scoring AttWas FouledDispossessedBall RecoveryTouchesAppsMins
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 2 5 2 2 4 68 1 90
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 1 1 0 2 1 26 1 90
Mario Balotelli Liverpool FW 0 10 5 2 3 44 1 88

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, each striker played a different type of role over the weekend and came out on top in different categories

Starting with Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, the Bosnian international had a fabulous game for the Citizen’s as his two goals helped the reigning champions overcome Hull City 4-2 at the KC Stadium.

Leading from the front alongside Sergio Aguero, Dzeko took aim at the Hull goal five times whilst also providing excellent work-rate with four ball recoveries.

The 28-year-old got involved in most of City’s attacks, touching the ball an incredible 68 times whilst drawing two fouls for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

It was a top performance, and one which proves why he was given the nod over Alvaro Negredo at the beginning of the campaign.

Verdict: 9.0

Whereas Edin Dzeko was heavily involved this weekend, Manchester United’s very own goal getter Robin Van Persie was fairly quiet during his side’s 2-1 win over West Ham United.

The Red Devils striker started alongside Radamel Falcao upfront and put the hosts 2-0 up and in a commanding position with a goal after just 22 minutes.

His involvement, however, deteriorated when Wayne Rooney was sent off and as shown by the stats, the Dutch international only touched the ball 26 times, making just one ball recovery and having just one shot all game.

Luckily for United, with Van Persie sometimes all it takes is one shot over 90 minutes to separate the two sides.

Verdict: 7.0

The final contender for the best striker in the North West this weekend is Liverpool’s controversial summer signing Mario Balotelli.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at home to Everton with their Italian striker once again failing to hit the back of the net.

Sensationally, Balotelli peppered the visitors’ goal with up to ten shots and drew five fouls with some of those being in dangerous areas.

The former Milan striker certainly put a shift in, linking up well with 44 touches as well as recording three ball recoveries. Unfortunately for Balotelli, his wait for his first Premier League goal with the Anfield outfit continues as his efforts are yet to be rewarded.

Verdict: 7.0

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