Mark Hughes was very active on transfer deadline day, signing ex-Liverpool front man Djibril Cissé from Lazio and re-uniting himself with Bobby Zamora from Fulham. Castrol EDGE Performance analysis shows that with an impressive shooting accuracy of 57% and the ability to create a chance for his teammates every 40 mins, Zamora looks set to play an important role in QPR’s battle to avoid relegation. But it was Cissé who made an immediate impact by scoring on debut in QPR’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
However, Hughes should not automatically dismiss the striking options that were available to him before his January spending spree. In particular, 34 year old Heidar Helguson has been in form for the Hoops, scoring 8 goals in the league this season at a chance conversion rate of 26%. This compares favourably to Zamora’s 5 goals at 22% and Cissé’s meagre 2 goals at 5%, as well as the misfiring Jay Bothroyd and Jamie Mackie. Indeed, with the lowest conversion rate in Serie A for 2011/12, Cissé’s goal on QPR debut came as something of a surprise.
|League action 2011/12||Bobby Zamora||Djibril Cissé||Heidar Helguson||Jay Bothroyd||Jamie Mackie|
|Minutes On Pitch||1,188||1,275||1,141||981||1,226|
|Mins per goal||238||638||143||491||613|
|Shots On Target||13||15||15||10||5|
|Shots Off Target||10||22||16||15||7|
|Chances created (inc. Assists)||30||14||15||12||14|
|Mins per chance created||40||91||76||82||88|
|Pass Completion %||75%||71%||58%||69%||82%|
|Dribbles & Runs||11||38||1||13||60|
|Dribble Completion %||55%||39%||0%||46%||32%|
There are also interesting differences in the trio’s styles of play; whereas Cissé has attempted 34 dribbles this season, Zamora and Helguson have attempted 11 and 1 respectively, reflecting the Frenchman’s continuing reliance on speed and the ability to run at defenders. As a result, Cissé achieved 6 assists for Lazio this season, which is more than both Zamora (5) and Helguson (2).