Stats: Could this PSG forward be the perfect Suarez replacement?

Distin And Suarez

Does Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani possess the credentials to succeed Luis Suarez at Anfield?

According to the Metro, Edinson Cavani’s agent has claimed the Reds are eyeing the Paris Saint-German marksman, who has scored 94 goals in the last four years during his time with the French-outfit and former club Napoli.

Brendan Rodgers has spent nearly £90 million to bring seven new players to the Anfield, but thus far none can be viewed as replacements for Luis Suarez. Now, the club are set to make a move for a high-profile name to fill the void left by controversial Uruguayan, with Cavani touted as the ideal replacement.

But what do the statistics say? Below we look at the figures from last season, to decide if the 27-year-old has what it takes to mend the wound that remains following Suarez's departure. 

  TeamPosGoalsGoals / appsShot Conversion Rate (%)Total Att AssistTotal Att Assist / appsTotal Pass / appsPass Completion Rate (%)Dribble Success Rate (%)AppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 31 0.94 17.10 87 2.64 38.33 74.78 35.23 33 2,964
Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain FW 16 0.53 20.50 23 0.77 23.93 86.00 56.25 30 2,298

The stats display a clear disparity between the Uruguayan forwards, with Suarez emerging with the clear monopoly.  

The disgraced Barcelona striker had a truly outstanding campaign with his former side, contributing 31 goals and 12 assists during an incredible push for the title. The ex-Liverpool man was crowned PFA Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season - a huge testament of his importance to the club.

Throughout PSG's successful campaign, Cavani proved less influential - perhaps a result of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's pure dominance at the Ligue 1 outfit. Playing across the channel, the 27-year-old was unable to match the goal scoring feat of his international team-mate, although he finished the domestic campaign as the more clinical of the duo. 

In terms of creativity, again, Suarez holds the stronger hand. Having fashioned an incredible 87 key passes, his efforts far outweigh those of Cavani, who registered just two assists all season.

The Barca forward even managed a superior number of passes per match, although his accuracy was lacking at times. He averaged almost twice as many attempts to find a team-mate -  this highlights the dynamism of his overall gameplay; he is not just a goalscorer.  

Suarez's departure has created a huge void, which will be almost impossible to fill with the arrival of one player alone. Edinson Cavani may be one of the best strikers in the world, but he is by no means the best alternative available to the Anfield club.

The PSG-man is a very different player to his international team-mate, and in actual fact, he is more similar to Reds striker Daniel Sturridge. With very little natural creativity in his game, he is best at working with the chances other players fashion for him.

This notion, alongside an astronomical reported fee, suggests he is a player to avoid this summer, and in actual fact, Brendan Rodgers should be setting his sights elsewhere. 

Liverpool fans, do you disagree? Is Edinson Cavani the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez?

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