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United - Ajax Striker Linked!

Seeing as it is now the close season, we`re bound to get more than just the occasional transfer rumour filtering into the media.

The first one we`ve stumbled upon today relates to Sir Alex showing an interest in the Ajax Amsterdam striker Luis Suarez.

Suarez, a Uruguayan, has hit 35 goals in 33 league games for Ajax this season.

Picked for the Uruguayan World Cup squad, the World Cup finals will provide an interesting showcase for his talents. If United are serious about signing him we`d hope the deal is done and dusted before the World Cup adds a few millions to his fee.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 16 2010

Time: 11:37AM

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Says his dream is Barcelona...then says that if that's not possible, then (quote) "if United, Arsenal or Chelsea come to talk, then we'll talk."...arrogant bugger! :)
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16/05/2010 11:40:00

I finally found some stats for players in the dutch league and REALLY didnt like what I saw. Stats can never tell the full story about a player - if they did Afonso Alves, Kezman and Huntelaar would be tearing up defences across europe.
Since Kezman I've always been sceptical about players with huge goal scoring records in Holland. I've come to the conclusion that Ruud was the exception rather than the rule when it comes to converting those goal scoring ratios to other leagues.
That said, I watched some videos of Suarez and he genuinely looks a quality player. Much more than a goal scorer, able to operate from the flanks and cheaper than Benzema - he looks an ideal signing.

HOWEVER, the youtube videos and goals to games ratio dont give you the whole picture.
This season Suarez has managed to get 46% of his shots on target. When compared to other top strikers like Drogba(40%), Rooney(35%), Torres(39%), Tevez(47%), Villa(46%), Benzema(42%) and Berbatov(34%), thats quite a respectable amount.
My concern is what happens after his shots hit the target. Of his shots that are on target, only 33% of Suarez' shots become goals. Compare this to Drogba(50%), Rooney(44%), Torres(50%), Tevez(42%), Villa(39%), Benzema(38%) and Berbatov(46%) and Suarez' conversion rate is poor - especially considering the quality of defenders and goalkeepers in that league.
Suarez has an average which is marginally better than one goal per game which is impressive - but the fact that he is averaging 7 shots per game and only scoring one is not. In teams that are built entirely around them Rooney, Drogba and Torres only managed 5, 4 and 3 shots per respectively which says that even in a top side - suarez would not get away with being that wasteful simply because he'd have far fewer chances here. Berbatov has averaged around 2 shots per game and scored relatively few goals - but his finishing is far more accurate than Suarez'.

For 25m Suarez is a MASSIVE risk based on these number - a risk I dont think United can afford to take.

On a side note, Chicharito get 53% of shots target and score 50% of those. This equates to 27% of his shots turning into goals which is OUTRAGEOUSLY clinical. He is only getting around 2 shots per game in one of the best teams in mexico which along with the fact that he gets fouled alot suggests that the defending is tight and defences that defences are resorting to fouling him to keep him under control. But when he's scoring one of his two shots per game consistently - they havent been able to stop him from climbing the goal scoring charts. I'd suggest that technically, there is nothing stopping chicharito being a success in england. Whether he makes it will be down to his work rate (which is widely considered to be one of his greatest strengths), his mentality (which will be proven by how he handles himself at the world cup and on arrival at United) and his ability to handle the physical nature of the league (which looks like it might be difficult for him).
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16/05/2010 13:54:00

I think Suarez would be best suited to going to Spurs or Man City. He is only 23 and could turn into a top player - both clubs are in a position to take the risk financially and have a good enough set of strikers to cover for him if he doesnt make it straight away.
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16/05/2010 14:05:00

First of all I have to give u credit tuscan for the above stats,its really impressive and about chicharito,I have been really surprised that people are underestimating him in a way,the media is really hell-bent on getting us another striker but in reality I feel its the central midfield area which is the more pressing issue.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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16/05/2010 15:13:00

I won't be surprised to see our boy from Mexico make a lot of people eat humble pie and I hope he performs well today against Chile if given the opportunity,he could save the club a few millions.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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16/05/2010 15:18:00

Kezman - now there was a roaring sucess at our place!
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16/05/2010 15:48:00

Nice research tuscan.Imo any player who scores so much goals deserves a look into.Its impressive considering he's prefered position is left wing. I dont see want more he can add considering he's similar to nani & valencia.You need more creativity & another left foot.Forget suarez saw obertan's strike against poo's reserves & he's a gem.
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16/05/2010 18:36:00

Btw Chicharitos international record has gone from 4 goals in 4 matches to 4 goals in 8 matches. He missed a couple of REALLY good chances today. Reminds me of Forlan in the sense that he seems to be doing everything right but isnt getting the luck with the finish. He needs a couple of goals in the world cup otherwise he'll be coming to united very low on confidence - which wont help him get a good start.
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16/05/2010 20:16:00

Will we buy a attacking midfielder who can play in the hole too or a forward who can play on the flanks? If Berba is not going then the need for a proper CF is lessened, unless Wellbeck and one of the other youngsters go out on loan.
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17/05/2010 12:33:00

tuscan - some great info in those posts mate, well impressed!
Red Boy
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18/05/2010 20:12:00


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