How do you scout a Striker?
A good Striker might be worth his weight in gold, but a recent study by 11tegen11 seems to indicate that judging forwards strictly by their goal tally might be more than a bit deluded.
Goals scored is an easy statistic to default to when considering the merits of any player, but it’s also one that can be unreliable. For every Luis Suarez who takes a new league by storm, there’s an overwhelming number of Jozy Altidore’s who struggle to make an impact with new teams despite a healthy track record in front of goal. According to 11tegen11, the explanation is pretty straight-forward.
Here’s the gist: in terms of scouting, strikers are often evaluated in terms of two measurements: their ability to get into scoring positions and create quality chances, as well as their ability to convert those chances into goals. It makes logical sense. Strikers have to put themselves into dangerous positions to create opportunities, and then must make the most of those opportunities to score goals. Sure, a player who always gets in behind the defense is useful, but if he can’t score goals, what’s the point? Right?
Well, not exactly.