Comparing Thomas Lemar and Christian Pulisic – Who Should Liverpool Sign?
It is no secret that Liverpool are in the market for a new attacker. Ever since Philippe Coutinho departed to join Barcelona, the Reds have been decent enough but going forward, they will need a lethal, creative midfielder to replace the prolific playmaker. Even if they do not splurge and purchase a new player in the ongoing window, it is extremely likely that the Merseyside club would sign somebody of that calibre next summer.
Two names that have constantly been linked with the club are Thomas Lemar, who is a subject of a £90m tussle between the Reds and Arsenal, and Christian Pulisic, who is reportedly set for a £100m move to Anfield. Lemar has been a constant target for the Reds ever since he shot to fame last season by putting in some menacing displays for AS Monaco, which eventually helped them win the title. Pulisic, on the other hand, is one of the most exciting attacking talents in the Bundesliga and at just 19 years of age, he has cemented a position for himself in Borussia Dortmund’s first-team.
Both players have their share of strengths and weaknesses but given a choice, who should Liverpool sign? Let’s take a look at their stats.
Thomas Lemar vs Christian Pulisic
In 19 appearances for Monaco across competitions this season, Lemar has scored 2 goals and 5 assists. He averages 1.7 shots per game and has a pass success-rate of 82.5%. He wins about 0.4 aerial duels per game and has even won a solitary Man of The Match award so far. In addition to that, Lemar makes an average of 1.7 key passes along with 1.9 dribbles per match.
Meanwhile, Pulisic has appeared 22 times for Dortmund in all competitions so far, during which he has scored 3 goals and an assist. He has picked up one yellow card in the process while averaging 1.6 shots per game. The player boasts of a healthy pass success-rate of 81.8% and wins about 0.3 aerial duels per match. Having picked up the Man of The Match award twice so far, Pulisic makes an average of 1.2 key passes and 3.4 dribbles.
Both players are more or less on par with their numbers but one must take note of the fact that Pulisic has appeared across a variety of positions this season. He has played as a winger on either side, as a central attacking midfielder, a midfielder on the left and the right-hand side and also as a defensive midfielder. The fact that he has managed to record numbers similar to those of Lemar is quite commendable. However, to be fair, both youngsters boast of remarkable potential with sensational talent and Liverpool will be lucky to sign either of them.