Sometimes there can be nothing more frustrating than a player who constantly gets caught offside. One that immediately springs to mind is Brazilian flop Adriano. The former Inter Milan and Parma striker used to constantly get caught in an offside position and quite frankly it was beyond frustrating.
The main reason for the frustration in his case however was due to the laziness of his offsides. It was not as if he was waiting patiently stalking the defensive line ready to spring a late attack, remain onside and then slot the ball into the oncoming goal; he just could not be bothered to stay onside.
Some players are not lazy but still get caught offside quite often. They are from the other stable; players constantly trying to break the last line of defence to create a clear goal-scoring opportunity. This is where the likes of Jermain Defoe fall into the equation.
Being caught offside is of course an occupational hazard for a Premier League striker so in the top ten players who get caught offside in the Premier League you will not be surprised to hear that all of them are strikers.
Here is the top ten…
1 Grant Holt - Norwich City
= Nikica Jelavic - Everton
3 Fernando Torres - Chelsea
= Papiss Cisse - Newcastle United
5 Arouna Kone - Wigan Athletic
= Christian Benteke - Aston Villa
7 Jamie Mackie - QPR
= Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur
= Robin Van Persie - Manchester United
= Romelu Lukaku - West Bromwich Albion
Yes Holt and Jelavic share the lead at the moment with 23 off-sides altogether compared to Torres and Cisse who share third on 18. The rest have 17 and 14 respectively but of course it isn’t a fair statistic when you consider that they may not have all played the same amount of game time.
When you consider that statistic poor old Romelu Lukaku does not come off so well. Just four starts and many substitute appearances have seen him play just 560 minutes of football. That’s an average of being caught offside every 40 minutes.
It does show he is trying his best to get into goalscoring opportunities which is an applaudable trait but it does give you a quirky miscellaneous stat for your friends down the pub this weekend. When it comes to staying onside, there are not many worse than Romelu Lukaku; although team-mate Markus Rosenborg deserves an honourable mention.
In his 172 minutes of playing time he has been caught offside five times; making the Swede offside on average every 34.4 minutes; a worse ratio then the on-loan Chelsea man.
Must be something in the water at The Hawthorns.
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