This weekend’s game between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United represents a great match up between two very exciting strikers.
Forest’s Britt Assombalonga and Leeds’ Mirco Antenucci have been key players for their teams so far this season, but how do they shape up against each other in terms of the stats?
The Forest forward is ahead on goals this season, which deserves a mention because he’s taken to life at a huge club like a duck to water.
He’s showing a real killer instinct in front of goal though Antenucci deserves respect because he’s not too far behind and playing in a team far lower down in the table.
Antenucci appears to be a much safer and more creative player in terms of his touch and possession stats.
He has more touches, which shows he’s got the intelligence to find pockets of space all over the pitch and has more accurate passes, which shows he’s safer with the ball when he finds himself in possession under pressure.
Assombalonga is significantly ahead in terms of aerial duels won this season, which leads to the conclusion that he’s arguably more up for the fight in terms of taking on defenders and getting involved in challenges.
That shouldn’t be a major surprise considering he learned his trade in non-league football before he made the step up and into the football league.
Conclusion: If it’s a gritty match then Assombalonga should excel but if Leeds can keep possession and wear Forest down, Antenucci could improve on that goal tally.