Opta Feature: Earnshaw v Johnson
By Paul Townley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Opta looks at the striking impacts made by Andrew Johnson and Robert Earnshaw.
West Bromwich Albion's keen desire to land
The Welsh hitman only started 13 out 26 games under Bryan Robson last season, an indication, perhaps, that his manager did not have total faith in him.
Yet Earnshaw's record of 11 goals was a excellent return, and he certainly looked more than capable of playing in The Premiership. Surely he would be effective for Palace in their return to the Football League.
Johnson, of course, enjoyed a stellar first season in English football's top flight but his impressive statistics do not look much better than Earnshaw's if the 11 penalty goals Johnson scored are taken away.
|Player||Robert Earnshaw||Andrew Johnson|
|Minutes On Pitch||1,720||3,328|
|Goal Attempts|| || |
|Shots On Target||26||53|
|Shots Off Target||30||24|
|Chance Conversion (excluding pens)||17%||13%|
|Passing|| || |
|Pass Completion %||75%||72%|
Indeed, Earnshaw's conversion rate (excluding penalties) is four percentage points superior to that of Andy Johnson. It could be argued that the Palace striker wins most of the spot-kicks himself (he won eight penalties in 2004-05), and that he would continue to do so at any he club he played for, but Palace's total of 13 penalties last season was a rare occurrence.
Eagles chairman Simon Jordan is adamant that Johnson will not be leaving