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The average touch success ratio for striker's from the 'Big Six'

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To be a professional footballer you have to possess a good first touch, especially when leading the line as a striker for your club.

Similarly to goalkeepers, forwards get heightened scrutiny over goals scored, shots on target and the ability to link up and bring others into play.

For any team, all of these components are essential to make a successful striker but especially for the unofficial big six.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are seen as a cut above the rest when it comes to a 38 game season.

And the money spent on players as well as the quality that comes with that means that there is a permanent spotlight on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng.

Lukaku has been in the headlines for months over his apparent incapability to control the ball successfully over 90 mins, especially in important moments.

Morata is not far behind the Belgian in terms of criticism, with the Spaniards being aimed more towards his activity in front of goal. 

Both are clearly lacking in confidence because of this.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea FC - Premier League

AMKFootball has produced a graphic that answers the question as to who has the worst touch ratio amongst the strikers of the big six.

The 11 strikers who have been put under the microscope are Lukaku, Morata, Aubamayeng, Alexandre Lacazette, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Olivier Giroud, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Harry Kane.

The scatter graph shows the average amount of touches per 90 minutes along with the number of successful touches per unsuccessful touch.

The results make for a surprising read, as contrary to popular belief Lukaku does not have the worst ratio on the list, in fact it's a player that is a two-time Golden Boot winner and the England captain.

Yes that's right, Harry Kane has the worst touch ratio when it comes to strikers from the big six.

Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Despite already notching nine goals this campaign the 25-year-old appears to lose possession of the ball for Tottenham more than any other forward.

Kane averages 38 touches per game and only has 12 successful touches for every unsuccessful touch. This means that on average, Harry Kane loses the ball three times a match.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Roberto Firmino is a player who clearly loves to come deep to receive the ball as his average of 57 touches per game indicates.

Liverpool FC v Everton FC - Premier League

What is also impressive is that the Brazilian has roughly 21.5 successful touches before he loses the ball, meaning that Firmino has just two unsuccessful touches per game.

This is far better than Kane considering the fact that Firmino also touches the ball 19 times more.

Lukaku is positioned 5th out of the 11 strikers in the graph, which is probably higher up than many expected.

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The United striker has touched the ball 33 times on average per game - the least out of all the big six strikers - but the Belgian has an average of roughly two unsuccessful touches per game, therefore beating the likes of Kane, Salah and Aubamayeng.

There will be many football fans that would contest this however.

Second and third place is filled by Lacazette and Giroud who boast 19 and 21 successful touches before giving away possession.

Chelsea v PAOK - UEFA Europa League - Group L

The middle of the graph is quite congested, with Aguero just losing out to Lukaku based on their averages. Salah falls just behind the Argentine, whereas Sturridge and Aubamayeng have almost identical averages despite the Gabonese touching the ball far less (38) than the Liverpool forward (53).

Morata comes in just above Kane in 14th, touching the ball on average 36 times but only having 13 successful touches per unsuccessful touch.

Liverpool FC v Everton FC - Premier League

So, what does this all tell us?

It would be wrong to say that this graph tells us everything about each players form, as the amount of touches in a football match can depend on a plethora of factors.

United fans will however be slightly concerned with the lack of touches Lukaku is having on average this season, considering he is Mourinho's main outlet up top.

Tottenham fans may pay more attention to Kane's efficiency on the ball, as this stat could raise a couple of eyebrows despite the Englishman's continued success in front of goal.

Above all else, we are talking about extremely fine margins between all eleven, however it does show that if Roberto Firmino is on the ball, Liverpool fans can be rest assured that he is highly unlikely to lose it.

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