Fed up with banging their head against £32.5m-worth of wall forged entirely of £10 notes, Liverpool have turned their attention to France in search of a new striker.
The available, but unattainable Christian Benteke, believed to be the Reds’ preferred target this summer, is sure to prove too pricey for Brendan Rodgers, but Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette isn’t as damaging to the bank balance.
A spurious link between club and player has surfaced following the French forward’s failure to elongate his current Les Gones’ deal, with a transfer request away from the Stade Gerland thought to be in the post.
Liverpool are desperate for more ammunition in the final third and with Aston Villa playing hardball over Benteke’s valuation, they may be forced to look elsewhere.
Lacazette may be seen as a cost-effective alternative, but the only thing about the French international inferior to his Belgian counterpart is his RRP.
From a statistical perspective, the choice of which player to prioritise is obvious.
Lacazette may have benefitted from playing in a more creative side last season, but he produced a goals-per-game average almost double that managed by Benteke.
The latter scored at a rate of 0.45 strikes per 90 minutes, a respectable effort comprehensively bested by the 0.89 of the Frenchman.
Net rustling isn’t Lacazette’s only forte; the 24-year-old set up a colleague approximately once every five matches on average, whereas Benteke assisted less than once every ten games.
The Lyon star hit the target with a greater frequency and was an infinitely better dribbler, leaving aerial duels won the only key attacking metric where the Belgium marksman prospers.
Aerial prowess, however, is not an attribute Rodgers-schooled sides look to exploit, so Benteke’s greatest strength is one Liverpool have no use for, rendering Lacazette a more logical solution to their transfer conundrum.