London-based duo Diafra Sakho and Didier Drogba were in fine form at the weekend – but which player comes out as HITC’s London-based striker of the weekend?
According to the head-to-head table above provided by Opta Stats, both strikers were the focal points of their respective side’s display and they excelled in different categories.
Senegalese international Diafra Sakho has been a revelation since joining West Ham United in the summer and continued his run of goals with another strike on Saturday.
The Hammers defeated Manchester City 2-1 and Sakho played a major role as an attacking force, taking a total of four shots and working hard from the front to make an impressive four ball recoveries.
Didier Drogba on the other hand proved he still has the quality and end-product in his locker despite now being 36-years-old as he scored Chelsea’s opener during their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.
The Blues striker was involved throughout as he took 42 touches, had three shots on goal and created two opportunities for his teammates.
While in an attacking sense Sakho appears to have been the more forceful, one area of his game which needs improvement is his ability to retain possession and link up with his teammates.
The 24-year-old completed a rather stunningly low two passes for Sam Allardyce’s men in 89 minutes of play while he was dispossessed on three occasions.
It is in this aspect where Chelsea’s greatest ever player by vote was superior as Drogba completed 24 accurate passes and shielded the ball well from United’s defenders.
Both players will certainly feel a sense of satisfaction from their performances at the weekend and respective bosses Sam Allardyce and Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be pleased with their efforts.
But as only one player can be named HITC’s London-based striker of the weekend then the honour this week goes to Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.
Just when people thought he was done, he proved the old saying of ‘class is permanent’ by playing to his strengths and leading the line brilliantly in place of the injured Diego Costa.