Who were the best forwards in January? Benteke, Suarez and more

Aston Villa, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City stars all feature.

The Premier League is gifted to have some truly entertaining strikers gracing the league whether it’s the skill and intelligence of players like Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero or the rawness and sheer power of someone like Romelu Lukaku.

The forwards in any side are priceless players because if they don’t cash in on the good chances then all of the hard work from the defence and the midfield is for nothing.

So who were the best strikers throughout January? We’ve taken a look at the stats in five key areas.


Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 4 3 186
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 4 4 360
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 3 4 340
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 3 4 360
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 3 4 360

No surprise to see SAS at the top of the goalscoring charts but more significantly Tottenham’s Adebayor and Aston Villa’s Benteke also appear on the list. It’s been crucial for the Spurs and Villa to see their important front men return to some good form.


PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Gabriel Agbonlahor Aston Villa FW 2 3 229
Marko Arnautovic Stoke FW 2 3 126
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 2 4 286
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 1 4 340
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 1 2 73

Three players lead the way in terms of assists with Aston Villa, Stoke City and Everton basking in the effectiveness of their attacking players. All three will be crucial over the rest of the season, with Lukaku arguably under the most pressure ahead of a return to Chelsea.

Attempts on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 8 4 360
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 7 3 186
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 6 4 360
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 6 4 360
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 6 4 322

It’s all about that SAS combination yet again in terms of shooting accuracy. If Liverpool’s defence and midfield can do their basic jobs, then a fit Sturridge and Suarez have the ability to fire them into the Champions League.

Total Passes

PlayerClubPosTotal PassAppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 173 4 360
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 159 4 340
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 152 4 360
Dimitar Berbatov Fulham FW 143 4 353
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 140 4 360

Benteke has made more passes than any other striker based on the January stats. The Belgian is proving to be a much more versatile front man than a simple target up front. He’s drifting across the midfield well and dropping off to the top of the midfield when needed.

Flick Ons

PlayerClubPosAccurate Flick OnAppsMins
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 13 4 360
Jonathan Walters Stoke FW 7 4 266
Dimitar Berbatov Fulham FW 6 4 353
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace FW 6 4 352
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 6 4 335

Benteke is also head and shoulders above everyone else based on flick ons throughout January. What that shows is a good understanding of his positioning as well as the runs being made from those around him in the Villa attack.

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