Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Robin van Persie that his place in the XI is under threat unless he contributes more.
The Dutch international forward has over the years consistently found the net with ease, but there have been some question marks over his contribution in other areas.
This season, the 31-year-old has found the net just three times in nine Premier League fixtures and the general consensus is that if he isn’t scoring, he isn’t doing much else either.
As Van Gaal contemplates playing one striker up front, he has warned van Persie ahead of Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace what he expects his frontman to contribute.
"I shall expect a lot of him," Van Gaal said, quoted by the Mirror. "But a striker is also dependable also on his team-mates more than any other position.
“For me, a striker is more than only a man who has to make goals. He has to be an attacking point, so we can play in the third and fourth phase of our attack.
"That is not only to make goals. He can also make assists or create the pass before the assist. That's how I judge players and especially strikers.”
|Goals per GAME||Shots per GAME||Key Passes per GAME||Touches per GAME||Accurate Passes per GAME||Ball Recoveries per GAME||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Robin van Persie||0.33||2.56||1.11||31.22||16.44||1.67||9||758|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Arsenal striker has contributed very little on average for a forward player.
Aside from scoring just three goals for the Red Devils this season, Van Persie averages just 2.5 shots per game and completes 1.11 key passes.
More frightening, however, is his involvement in general play. With just 32 touches on average per game and 16 accurate passes, it’s easy to see why his boss might be asking for a little more.
With Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and young James Wilson also pushing for a regular spot in the United attack, Van Persie is in need of a big performance to win over the doubters.