Okay, the title is a bit tongue-in-cheek, and evaluatng a footballer has much more to do with subjective judgement than plucking specific stats out of the air...... but I live in the South and I'm fed up with southeners telling me that Beckford hasn't found his goal scoring boots at Everton yet.... Really? That is not what the stats say....
Looking at Premier League performances only, here is how it looks:
8 players who've scored most Premier League goals this season:
- Berbatov, 1778 mins, 19 goals, 94mins per goal.
- Tevez, 1958 mins, 18 goals, 109mins per goal.
- Carroll, 1625 mins, 11 goals, 148 mins per goal.
- Bent, 2104 mins, 10 goals, 210 mins per goal.
- Drogba, 2033 mins, 10 goals, 203 mins per goal.
- Odemwingie, 1734 mins, 9 goals, 193 mins per goal,
- Torres, 1955 mins, 9 goals, 217 mins per goal.
- Elmander, 2172 mins, 9 goals, 241 mins per goal.
- ...... And Beckford? 607mins, 4 goals, 152 mins per goal,
How about the other Everton players? He tops that heap:
- Cahill, 1702mins, 9 goals, 189 mins per goal.
- Saha, 1018 mins, 6 goals, 170 mins per goal.
Tom Brown, Posted 07/02/2011 at 13:41:19
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1 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:39:09
2 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:39:02
I think Moyes is using him perfectly, use him in the last 20 mins when the defenders are tired because the boy is quick! We can also see he has good finishing ability evident from his goal against Blackpool.
He'll play more games next season and then we'll see how he plays. Big season for him, but at the moment, he's a handy back up to Saha to have.
3 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:38:31
He needs to keep developing his defending from the front, his first touch, and some decision-making.
Overall, pleasantly surprised so far; he needs more game time.
4 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:49:43
5 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:48:00
No, they are *your* stats. And I agree, they are pretty good. But what I see with my eyeballs is a Championship footballer.
6 Posted 07/02/2011 at 15:10:55
Better than Darren Bent? Not really ? he doesn't look to have the all-round game at the moment. However, he is a striker and a finisher with a strong nose for goal.
Alex, I think it is a bit churlish to repeat the "Championship" accusation. I think he is already better than that. After all, he has scored against some pretty good opposition (Manure, for instance). And would you want to see him coming on and running at you with 20 minutes left? I actually think Moyesie is rather late with his substitutions, but that is another topic.
7 Posted 07/02/2011 at 15:34:06
8 Posted 07/02/2011 at 15:39:25
9 Posted 07/02/2011 at 15:47:58
10 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:02:53
11 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:03:49
12 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:13:38
13 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:25:24
14 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:28:00
The other factor is the quality of team and style of play.
I'm surprised Blackpool haven't got the leading scorer so far this season!!!
However, IMO he looks a much better prospect than Vaughan or Anichebe so far.
15 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:46:26
16 Posted 07/02/2011 at 16:59:33
It has to be Darren ? Marcus Bent hasn't scored in the Premier League this season.
17 Posted 07/02/2011 at 17:37:39
He was never going to be the player to fire us into 4th place though, let's face it. 10 goals a season at best.
18 Posted 07/02/2011 at 17:04:38
I think he's an instinctive striker at having the knack of being in the right place at the right time and is at his best when not having to think too much about his shot ? Saturday's a pretty good illustration of this.
He's finding his feet at the highest level and I think we should be glad to have him ? the more we can express that to him, the better he'll get too, I reckon.
19 Posted 07/02/2011 at 17:56:09
20 Posted 07/02/2011 at 17:57:46
Anyway, I definitely think he is an improvement on Vaughan.
21 Posted 07/02/2011 at 18:13:01
22 Posted 07/02/2011 at 18:48:52
23 Posted 07/02/2011 at 19:03:02
I also think he's a confidence player. Show him a little love, and a strike partner, he may well blossom.
24 Posted 07/02/2011 at 19:22:47
Beckford is a goalscorer to be compared with Cottee, Phillips, Defoe and Owen, none of which have the natural strength to be lone frontmen, always needing a foil to take the weight off them. Beckford would need to play with another striker (Saha) or Yakubu as he needs support.
The comparisons are not correct... most strikers are 'provided' with ammunition and are only as good as the schemers in the team. They also miss far more chances than they take unless they are top class.
25 Posted 07/02/2011 at 19:29:19
26 Posted 07/02/2011 at 19:48:00
27 Posted 07/02/2011 at 20:00:21
28 Posted 07/02/2011 at 20:45:24
29 Posted 07/02/2011 at 21:10:21
30 Posted 07/02/2011 at 22:13:39
31 Posted 07/02/2011 at 22:03:06
Gavin #22, I also believe he plays best with a holding partner.
# Many others, Confidence plus a touch of arrogance are essential ingredients for a striker.
32 Posted 07/02/2011 at 23:25:17
However, he will always be a threat coming off the bench as fresh legs alongside Saha or Cahill. Saha's power was amazing when he scored that last goal on Saturday. He just accelerated through the rain sodden pitch to score and so late in the game when you thought he may be a little tired. Becks doesn't have that power but can still be an asset.
33 Posted 07/02/2011 at 23:35:41
How about asking Steve Bruce's daughter?
I think he's finding his feet now. 4 League goals and 2 Cup goals with 3 of those in the last month.
34 Posted 07/02/2011 at 23:26:24
I see reasons for encouragement; as others have said, he's doing the hard bit. His instincts are good and he keeps getting into scoring positions, and doesn't hide when he misses. It's a matter of composure, and that's easier to gain than the instincts. And while he might not be scoring many at the moment, they have a tendency to be important ones when he does.
Better than Bent? No. Not yet. Ask again in a year.
35 Posted 08/02/2011 at 00:03:40
Considering he is 26 and has leaped up two divisions I think he has done pretty well. He may never be a great player but he will always score goals.
In fact, considering the lack of time on the pitch, he is on a bit of a role lately, unlucky against Chelsea and looked to be forming a good partnership with Saha during the Spurs game.
36 Posted 08/02/2011 at 02:38:21
Still remember watching him train in Australia. He looked by far the sharpest player on the field.
37 Posted 08/02/2011 at 02:49:32
Anyone who has played footy knows, the hardest is the ball droping over your shoulder... that finish was top class, as said earlier if other certain strikers had scored that you would never hear the last of it.
My only concern with him, is his touch with back to goal; you could argue he should be facing goal, except all our strikers are required to play with backs to goal, it seems, hence why some have failed. A midfielder with a quick eye for a forward pass would benefit Beckford immensely; not sure we have that player at the moment tbh.
38 Posted 08/02/2011 at 05:22:54
This lad will have us drooling and, considering the lack of time he has had on the pitch, he is making great progress. At the end of the season, it will be remarkable what his transfer value would be, because he is a rarity: speed and finishing, a defender's nightmare.
39 Posted 08/02/2011 at 06:22:51
40 Posted 08/02/2011 at 11:17:42
41 Posted 08/02/2011 at 12:10:21
He's also fit as a butcher's dog.
He's a bit arrogant which is a good thing his finish against Blackpool smacked of confidence/arrogance. Someone who wasn't confident/unsure wouldn't have hit that first time.
Speaking of the finish vs Blackpool, it was a cracker ? if Torres had done that against the Shite on Sunday, Hansen would have wanked over it for 30 mins with Shearer.
Credit where it's due, Beckford is starting to look like a Prem player.
42 Posted 08/02/2011 at 13:52:53
43 Posted 08/02/2011 at 16:51:36
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