Hugo Ekitike celebrates after scoring for Reims in the Ligue 1 game against Nantes. Stade Auguste-Delaune, September 2021.

Comparing Hugo Ekitike’s 2021-22 stats to Man Utd’s current strikers

Manchester United will be in the market for a new striker this summer and are reportedly interested in Reims’ Hugo Ekitike – but how does he compare to United’s current options?

United have endured an underwhelming 2021-22 season and incoming manager Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to add more firepower to their squad.

While Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to remain at Old Trafford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could all leave in the summer.

“Cristiano isn’t a central striker or does not want to play in that position,” interim manager Ralf Rangnick said recently. “It’s obvious the club needs at least two new strikers who give this team more quality and more options. I wouldn’t even call it wingers.

“Two strikers and modern strikers, that do not necessarily have to be wingers. If you look into international football, there aren’t many top teams who still play with two strikers. Most play with either three strikers or a false nine.”

Ekitike spent the second half of 2020-21 on loan at Danish side Vejle Boldklub but has now enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Reims. 

The 19-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United during the January transfer window, but he rejected the Magpies.

According to ESPN, Ekitike would be available for around €15million in the summer and Manchester United have made an enquiry about him. 

We’ve compared Ekitike’s 2021-22 Ligue 1 stats to the corresponding league data of Ronaldo, Cavani, Rashford and Martial.

Note: we’ve included Martial’s stats in La Liga rather than his Premier League stats due to his lack of appearances in England this season. 

Cristiano Ronaldo – 18
Hugo Ekitike – 9
Marcus Rashford – 4
Edinson Cavani – 2
Anthony Martial – 0

Cristiano Ronaldo – 3
Hugo Ekitike – 2
Marcus Rashford – 2
Edinson Cavani – 1
Anthony Martial – 1

Minutes per goal
Hugo Ekitike – 128
Cristiano Ronaldo – 131.6
Marcus Rashford – 308.2
Edinson Cavani – 315
Anthony Martial – N/A

Minutes per goal or assist
Hugo Ekitike – 104.7
Cristiano Ronaldo – 112.8
Marcus Rashford – 205.5
Edinson Cavani – 210
Anthony Martial – 472

Chances created per 90 minutes
Hugo Ekitike – 1.0
Cristiano Ronaldo – 1.0
Marcus Rashford – 0.7
Edinson Cavani – 0.6
Anthony Martial – 0.4

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Marcus Rashford – 1.6 (41%)
Hugo Ekitike – 1.5 (46.8%)
Anthony Martial – 1.3 (43.3%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 0.8 (61.5%)
Edinson Cavani – 0.6 (85.7%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 32 (82.4%)
Marcus Rashford – 28.7 (76.1%)
Anthony Martial – 26.9 (84.4%)
Edinson Cavani – 26.4 (75.7%)
Hugo Ekitike – 26.1 (69.8%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside the penalty area)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 4.0 (3.2)
Edinson Cavani – 2.3 (2.0)
Hugo Ekitike – 2.2 (1.9)
Marcus Rashford – 1.6 (1.2)
Anthony Martial – 1.1 (0.6)

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