With the news of Cody Gakpo’s signing, anticipation is high among Liverpool fans who are eager to see if Gakpo can have an immediate impact in the Premier League. The 23-year-old Dutchman is the current Eredivise top scorer with 9 goals in 14 appearances for PSV Eindhoven. Jurgen Klopp will hope that his new signing can translate his form over to the Premier League in January.
Acknowledging the vast difference in quality between the Eredivise and the Premier League, we decided to look Gakpo’s stats and virtually transferred him into the Premier League using football data site Comparisonator‘s Virtual Transfer tool in order to see how the Dutch International compares to left wingers in the Premier League.
Gakpo’s stats from the Eredivise this season so far below:
We then took this data and using Comparisonator, compared Gakpo to other Premier League left wings under a variety of different criteria. Liverpool fans are sure to be happy with the results.
Gakpo has more goals this season that any left winger in the Premier League:
Gakpo has 12 assists this season, far more than any PL player in his position:
Gakpo also ranks first in ‘Shots on Target’:
Lastly, Gakpo’s Expected Goals:
Again, the Eredivise is not the Premier League. Gakpo is about to arrive in the most competitive league in world football, facing some of the best defenders in the world. But it has to be recognized that Gakpo’s stats are exceptional in any league in the world.
Gakpo’s remarkable output is why so many of Europe’s elite clubs were after him, with Liverpool coming out on top in the race for his signature.
Although links to Gakpo had circulated for months, news of his signing seemed to catch a lot of people off-guard. The excitement surrounding Gakpo’s arrival will only increase with the statistics given above.