Marcus Rashford or Hal Robson-Kanu?
Ask the majority of football fans across the country who they’d rather have in their squad, and the chances are they’d say Rashford, right?
The 19-year-old forward is regarded as one of the most promising talents in English football, and his early performances for Manchester United suggest that he could be a hero at Old Trafford for years to come.
However, some surprising statistics have come to light which suggest he’s not had the most successful of seasons…
In fact, it’s been revealed that he’s had a less successful year than bit-part forward Robson-Kanu, who was out of contract over the summer following a successful Euro 2016 with Wales, eventually signed for West Brom on a free.
He was arguably underused in Tony Pulis’s side over the course of the season, only starting five games and making 24 substitute appearances.
The Welsh international’s performances went pretty much under the radar, and he received far less praise in the media than Rashford throughout the year.
Surprisingly though, it’s been revealed that Robson-Kanu averaged 0.36 goals a game last season, while Rashford only managed 0.26.
All in all, Robson-Kanu played 751 minutes across the course of the season, while Rashford played 1717, and in that time the Welsh forward was almost just as productive.
Robson-Kanu managed to score three goals during the season, compared to Rashford’s five goals in 16 starts and 16 substitute appearances in the league for Manchester United.
That’s not all either – the Welsh international averaged 0.24 assists a game per game. Rashford? He averaged just 0.05 assists per game.
Of course, Rashford is nine years Robson-Kanu’s junior, and he looks set to be one of the biggest stars in the Premier League for years to come, so judging him on this, just his second year in the top flight, might be a tad unfair.
However, the stats from last season certainly make for surprising reading, and they’ll certainly make loaded look at Hal Robson-Kanu’s performances with a new found respect next year.