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Watford's Deeney and Arsenal's Giroud - How Everton targets compare

Troy Deeney of Watford is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 2, 2017 in...

How Everton targets Troy Deeney of Watford and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud compare statistically.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Sam Allardyce, manager of Everton, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.

New Everton manager Sam Allardyce has made signing a new striker in the January transfer window a priority, according to the Daily Mail.

Several names have been linked with the Merseyside club in recent times, with Watford captain Troy Deeney and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud among the leading candidates.

Troy Deeney of Watford is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 2, 2017 in...Troy Deeney of Watford is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road.

ESPN report that Deeney is a long-term target for the Toffees, but previous boss Ronald Koeman blocked a move for the 29-year-old over the summer despite director of football Steve Walsh being a big fan.

Meanwhile, Giroud - who was offered the chance to play under Koeman this year, as reported by the Liverpool Echo - has been told by France assistant Guy Stephan he needs to get more game time if he wants to play at the 2018 World Cup; once again leading to speculation about his future.

However, statistically speaking who would be the better choice for Allardyce? Giroud is two years senior to Deeney so perhaps offers less longevity, but does have more experience in the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in...Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town.

The 31-year-old has scored 72 goals in 176 appearances in the English top flight, compared to 25 in the 85 from the Englishman. This season Giroud has netted three in 12, all from the bench, while Deeney has two in ten - of which four were starts.

The latter does seem to offer more in the buildup, providing one assist and creating six chances in comparison to none and five from the Frenchman and he also has 100 percent accuracy from his seven shots in 2017/18. Giroud has 38 percent accuracy from 14.

Both players rely on their physicality, but the Gunners forward appears to have the slight edge winning 50 percent of his aerial duels in comparison to 42.47 percent from Deeney.

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