Aitor Karanka is a busy man right now, desperately plotting an assault on the top of the Championship table.
After all, he had already trodden the hallowed turf of the Premier League and in the two-time European Champions, he feels he has a route back there.
It won’t be easy, promotion never is and if he is going to make a success of a job so many have failed at, he’ll need to inject goals into his team.
Which of the two strikers, statistically speaking, would be best for Forest? There’s only one way to find out, time for another FLW duel!
The all-important commodity, the one that make the football world go round, is goals. Both strikers hit double figures last season, Bamford for Boro and Waghorn for Ipswich. Bamford managed 11, whereas Waghorn pipped him with 16 in total.
Another important aspect of any centre forward’s play is assists and in this area, there’s little comparison. Bamford laid on just a solitary goal for his team mates, whilst Waghorn created almost as many as he scored, 13 in all. That means Bamford had a hand in, or scored 12 last season, whereas Waghorn was involved in 29 Ipswich strikes.
Waghorn got more shots off per game too, in between creating and scoring goals. He averaged 2.4 shots per game whilst Bamford only managed 1.5. It is worth pointing out Bamford only really came to life after Tony Pulis arrived at Boro, ten of his strikes coming after Valentine’s Day.
Bamford did win more aerial duels than his opposite number, he averaged 1.5 per game whilst Waghorn only managed to win 0.9. Waghorn was a little more ‘robust’, picking up ten yellow cards throughout the season, whereas the easier going Bamford got just one.
Crucially, despite Waghorn scoring more and creating more, Boro fans had to wait less time between Bamford goals. He played 41 matches compared to Waghorn’s 44, and scored every 189 minutes he was on the field.
Waghorn, scorer of more goals, only managed one every 216 minutes.
There’s little to separate the two players in truth, they have differing styles of play and both could make an impact at Forest. Based on assists alone, Waghorn would seem the obvious choice, although Bamford has a better minutes to goals ratio.
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