André Silva at Arsenal?
The 2021 summer transfer window will be huge for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.
The Spaniard has had a fairly mixed stint in the UAE’s hot seat so far, with an FA Cup triumph overshadowed by two 8se-placed in the Premier League.
Such an end last season means that Arsenal now have no European football to look forward to for the next term. Despite this, the Gunners will have to make a number of changes if they hope to start competing against England’s top clubs again.
A decision for promising center-back Ben White appears to be on the cards, with Arsenal then expected to turn to a deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Even with such swoops over, there is still a long way to go when it comes to entering and leaving Arsenal this summer.
North Londoners must add a creative midfielder to their ranks following the departure of Martin Odegaard. Movements for the left back cover and maybe even a right back also seem essential.
Arsenal will also have to deal with a number of contractual situations from their stars. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah only have one year left on their current contracts, which means it might make sense to sell them this summer.
While the jury is still out on Nketiah’s future, it looks like Arsenal have made a decision on Lacazette.
Duncan Castles recently claimed that the Gunners are preparing an offer for Andre Silva of Eintracht Frankfurt and plan to fund the move through the sale of Lacazette.
Arsenal are preparing the candidacy of Portuguese international Andre Silva.
Fund transfer project with the sale of Alexandre Lacazette. https://t.co/10Dt7kHMqWhttps://t.co/TzNdVMunT1 pic.twitter.com/ZSlA7cIrri
– Duncan’s Castles (@DuncanCastles) June 21, 2021
How André Silva compares to Alexandre Lacazette
But how do the two players compare?
Lacazette has long proven to be a decent option at Arsenal, but never quite stood out. He is also 30 years old, which means that, given his contractual situation, it would seem like the best choice to move the Frenchman now.
Would Silva be an upgrade, however? This piece will compare the most recent season of the two players, to assess whether the Portuguese is indeed an upgrade on Lacazette.
Who is the top scorer?
Since the pair are both center-forward, it would make more sense to start with their ability in front of goal.
And at first glance, Silva seems far from Lacazette when it comes to finishing. In 2020/21, the 25-year-old found the net 30 times in 36 outings, a much better comeback than Lacazette, who has scored just 17 in 43 appearances.
However, it’s worth pointing out that while Silva has made significantly fewer appearances, he has also played 516 more minutes than the Arsenal star – whose majority of appearances have seen him either be brought off the bench or not. not complete 90 minutes. This suggests that the pair would in fact have had a slightly more comparable goal total if they had both played the same number of minutes.
The duo are also pretty close in terms of shooting accuracy. Silva is a much more aggressive forward and manages 3.50 shots per 90 minutes compared to Lacazette’s 2.10. However, Lacazette enjoys slightly better shooting accuracy, hitting the target with 52.6% of his efforts against 49.6% for Silva.
Lacazette’s superior accuracy is more reflected when examining shooting goals on target stats. The Arsenal star also wins slightly, scoring 0.43 goals for each shot on target. Silva, on the other hand, scored 0.40 for every SOT last season.
However, Lacazette’s shooting numbers are slightly skewed by his shots on goal, as Silva (0.18) actually enjoys a higher xG per shot without penalty than the Arsenal striker.
While Silva, in turn, can take slightly wilder hits than Lacazette, this trait benefits her side nonetheless.
In 2020/21, Silva (76) succeeded 20 more plan creation actions than Lacazette (56). You could attribute this to the fact that the former played more minutes during the campaign. But Silva (2.48) also comes out on top against Lacazette (2.17) when it comes to 90 hit creation actions.
A number of Silva’s SCAs resulted in another shot on target. So while his accuracy may suffer slightly due to the type of shots taken by the Portuguese, his team is taking advantage as he managed eight SCA strikes in 2020/21, compared to two for Lacazette.
The quality of Silva’s shot-making actions is also far superior to that of the Arsenal star, as he averaged 0.46 goal-creating actions for 90 last season, while Lacazette did on average. than 0.19 GCA.
Silva’s more aggressive style is further demonstrated by the fact that he has managed seven dribbles which have led to an SCA this season, while Lacazette has only managed four.
Where the latter seems to have the edge, however, is in passing.
The former Lyon striker is a more precise passer over all distances, except long, which Silva exceeds by 0.7%.
But it’s pretty obvious that Eintracht Frankfurt’s man game isn’t all about passing and slow build.
Instead, he’s much better at picking up the ball and creating something out of thin air, a trait that lacking creativity Arsenal could perhaps do with their No.9.
For example, Silva (696) only managed 70 more races last season than Lacazette (626). Yet his progressive carry distance of 1583 yards is significantly greater than Lacazette’s 980 yards.
Silva also carries the ball in much more dangerous areas than Lacazette. Evidenced by the fact that the first brought the ball into the opponent’s box 37 times in 2020/21, while Lacazette only did so eight times. Even taking into account that Silva has played more minutes, it is still clear that he is much more adept at running against opposing defenses to try and produce something positive.
So while Lacazette and Silva may be fairly well matched when it comes to finishing chances, the latter comes across as a much more positive striker who can create for his team through progressive runs and a desire to shoot.
Silva is also five years younger than Lacazette, so his finish will likely improve in the years to come as he gains more experience.
All statistics are taken from Fbref.
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