Who were the best strikers in September? Costa, Rooney and more

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Chelsea, Manchester United, Southampton, Everton, West Ham United and Manchester City stars all feature.

The job of any striker in any team is to hit the back of the net when the chances fall their way.

Plenty of strikers grabbed attention during September in the Premier League as Diego Costa continued his impressive start with Chelsea while Danny Welbeck began his career at Arsenal.

Here are the best striker in the Premier League last month across several areas.

Goals

  TeamPosGoalsAppsMins
Diego Costa Chelsea FW 4 3 239
Graziano Pellè Southampton FW 3 3 270
Diafra Sakho West Ham FW 3 3 267
Leonardo Ulloa Leicester FW 3 3 270
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 2 3 229

Costa scored more goals than any other forward last month, which has helped Chelsea maintain a position at the top of the Premier League. Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the impact he’s had at the club so far.

Assists

  TeamPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Falcao Man Utd FW 2 3 160
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 2 3 239
Jamie Vardy Leicester FW 2 3 189
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 1 3 70
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 1 3 270

It’s also important for strikers to realise when teammates are in better positions and to provide assists in those situations. Manchester United have two players at the top of this list, with this stat demonstrating how much United are going to miss Rooney while he’s suspended following the red card against West Ham.

Times Dispossessed

  TeamPosDispossessedAppsMins
Graziano Pellè Southampton FW 3 3 270
Diafra Sakho West Ham FW 3 3 267
Eduardo Vargas QPR FW 3 3 178
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 3 3 256
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 2 3 239

Rooney also features in terms of the number of times dispossessed, protecting the ball well and allowing Manchester United to retain attacking pressure during games. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman should also be pleased to see Graziano Pelle so effective in this area.

Accurate Passes

  TeamPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 153 3 239
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 93 3 247
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 77 3 248
Steven Naismith Everton FW 76 3 206
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 74 3 229

Rooney features yet again. He is significantly ahead of any other striker in terms of accurate passes last month. That can be explained by the fact he drops off into slightly deeper positions off of United’s attack, effectively featuring as a midfielder when the team is under pressure.

Touches

  TeamPosTouchesAppsMins
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 222 3 239
Leonardo Ulloa Leicester FW 157 3 270
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 155 3 248
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 153 3 270
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 150 3 229

The more touches a striker has the more it suggests he’s involved in a game. Rooney is on another list and Roberto Martinez will be pleased to see that Romelu Lukaku is still finding ways to be effective despite being moved to a slightly winder position on Everton’s right hand side.

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