So with all the chat about Ozil being useless in our other thread I thought I’d do an analysis between Ozil and Eriksen since I remember when we got Ozil, I really wanted us to sign Christian Eriksen. Obviously I’m biased because I’m Danish, but Christian Eriksen cost £11m and had a few stellar seasons at Ajax and thought he’d be worth the punt ahead of an older Ozil.
A lot of people would shout me down for it, not too much on here but on Reddit in particular.
I thought it would be fun to look at the numbers quickly. This is just for the league.
Ozil 20 goals 41 assists 8983 minutes
Eriksen 28 goals 40 assists 10136 minutes
So overall Eriksen has contributed 7 goals more but with around 1,143 minutes more played. Not a big discrepancy.
Ozil ends with an average of a goal/assist every 147.2 minutes. Eriksen ends with an average of a goal/assist every 149.1 minutes.
Now, if you ask me, that 1.9 minutes does not equate to a worth of an additional £31,000,000 in his transfer fee. Add on to that the fact that Ozil can only play in the CAM position (he really doesn’t work out on the wing for us). Comparatively, Eriksen has been used to great effect in the CM, CAM and LW/RW positions and can play anywhere he’s needed while also being 4 years younger than Ozil. He also seems to be less injury prone.
In my opinion, Eriksen has been a better buy than Ozil. Spurs have gotten much more out of him than we have Ozil for the money both teams spent.
For a significant period of that time, Eriksen has played for an inferior Spurs team surrounded by players who didn’t have chemistry and weren’t on a world class level while Ozil was surrounded by players who had played together for years on end and who overall were a much higher quality than Spurs.
Just thought it would be fun to run the numbers.