Stats: Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio offering more than Wolves' Bakary Sako

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Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Bakary Sako go head-to-head on Saturday, but who has offered more this season?

This time last year, Nottingham Forest were actively pursuing Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Bakary Sako.

With the men from Molineux having suffered a humbling fall from grace that had dropped them out of the Premier League and straight into League One, the vultures were circling in hope of picking at the carcass of a fallen giant.

Wolves, however, stood firm, refusing to enter into transfer discussions for a player under contract and sent Forest back to Trentside empty-handed.

Sako admitted at the time to having had his head turned - but he showed no sign of distraction as he helped fire a promotion push which returned Kenny Jackett’s side to the Championship.

Speculation surfaced again over the summer, with Aston Villa now credited with holding an interest in the Mali international, though Forest had turned their attention elsewhere and instead paid Sheffield Wednesday £1.5 million for Michail Antonio.

That fee is considerably less than the numbers being mooted at the time of their Sako pursuit and Opta statistics suggest the Reds have got themselves a bargain – with Antonio among the most productive creative influences in the second tier.

Wolves, though, will be pleased with their half of the bargain.

  TeamAssistsGoalsTotal CrossesShots on TargetAccurate PassesTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Michail Antonio Forest 6 9 70 24 210 836 17 1,419
Bakary Sako Wolves 1 7 97 20 442 944 16 1,280

Sako may not be posting the numbers being put up by Antonio in terms of final product - but his value to the cause is highlighted by the amount of time he spends on the ball and delivering into the danger area.

Getting him to commit to a contract extension remains a top priority for those at Molineux, with it possible that their resolve will be tested again in January as they take a gamble on expiring terms.

Forest have no such worries when it comes to Antonio, having landed him on a three-year deal, and will get the opportunity to see how their top playmaker matches up to a leading rival on Saturday when they travel to the Black Country for an important contest between two sides that have been struggling for form and inspiration of late.

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