You may have seen recently a Sky Sports fan vote, potentially hijacked by exuberant Arsenal fans caught up after their victory over Man City, in which Yaya Sanogo was overwhelmingly voted as the striker likely to make the most impact at his new club this season. As ridiculous as this may be, it seemed like the perfect time to test out how each of this January’s moving strikers will fare at their new club.
Each striker will be transferred to their respective club at the start of the 2014/15 season, and given a full season to perform. We’ll evaluate them on both goals scored and the difference made to their respective sides. So let’s take a look:
In terms of goals scored, Andrej Kramaric leads the way, scoring 10 league goals for Leicester. Close behind is Jermain Defoe on 9, while Wilfried Bony finished the season with 7 league goals. While it seems that Bony has underwhelmed at Man City, the Ivorian was only handed 10 league starts, feeding largely on scrappy substitute appearances during his first season with the Citizens. Defoe started every match but could only score 9 goals, while Kramaric’s 10 league goals came from 23 starts. While the Croatian scored more goals for his side, Wilfried Bony arguably emerges with the best scoring record, given his low number of appearances.
Sanogo? No goals. Two substitute appearances. Absolutely flying in the under-21s though, in fairness.
Contribution to their team
Joining a Premiership-winning side, it was debatable how much difference Wilfried Bony could really make to Man City. The Manchester side finished third in the league, behind Chelsea and their city rivals, Manchester United. In cup competitions, Bony started most games, scoring some important group stage goals in the Champions League, but he was unable to propel City further than the First Knockout Round. Bony essentially joined Man City to add strength in depth, and he certainly did that. He could not make a telling difference on his team’s performance however. 7/10
Certainly the striker with the lowest reputation or expectations on his shoulders, Andrej Kramaric played a large part in Leicester City finishing 10th, their highest finish since 2000. He was one of four strikers to get into double figures, and Leicester’s impressive goals scored column was a huge factor in their high finish. The Croatian striker was also the best of our four strikers in bringing his teammates into play, with 2 assists. 8/10
Bringing in Jermain Defoe and shipping out Jozy Altidore looks like a solid bit of business in real life, and it proved so on Football Manager. Defoe was top scorer for the North-East side, and contributed to the Black Cats achieving survival by one point. Think Connor Wickham last season. Defoe was a great bit of business, and played a huge part in Sunderland’s survival. Good work, Jermain. 7/10
Yaya Sanogo. Poor. Crystal Palace relegated. We’ll give him 5/10 for scoring reserve goals. Good lad Yaya.
So was the Sky Sports poll the collective thoughts of a well-informed football population? Or a bunch of giddy Arsenal fans high on a decent victory, hijacking a poll. I’ll leave that question with you…