If I tell you that in terms of goals per games rate (either scored or assisted) Eduardo was better tha Adebayor last season would you be surprised?
Let´s review Eduardo´s career so far, he is currently 25 years old and have been playing for Arsenal since July 2007. He previously played for Dinamo Zagreb from 2001 to 2007. Eduardo is currently “out of action having suffered a compound fracture of his left fibula and a dislocated ankle in Arsenal’s match against Birmingham City on 23 February 2008”. However good news have come from Brazil showing positive signs of recovery, allowing Arsenal fans to dream of a faster recovery than originally expected.
In terms of goals he had an extraordinary performance for Dinamo Zagreb, where he scored 73 goals in 104 appearances, averaging almost 0.7 goals per game, being his last season there his most successful when he finished the league season with 34 goals in 32 appearances. This by the way is a record of the Croatian League.
But how did Eduardo do for Arsenal last season? He scored 12 goals and had 8 assists in 31 games, 22 from the beginning and 9 as a substitute player. Therefore considering the games as a susbtitue player as ½ game, he scored 0.45 goals per game, but if you add the scored goals plus the assists he was involved directly in 20 goals, averaging 0.754 goals per game which is slightly better than what Adebayor had (0.75 from 30 goals and 3 assists in 48 games, 8 as a substitute player).
Probably more important than the statistics are his skills, since he is a talented striker with flare and class and is a natural killer with a cold an clinical finishing. I have the feeling that if he didn´t get injured he would have increased his goal scoring rate. Another great aspect of his game is his passing, which shows up why he had so many assists.
Most of his goals are very pleasing to watch, coming to my mind the goals against Manchester City and against Sheffield United.
Therefore Eduardo is a gem that could not end the season because of a serious injury but showing signs of a fast recovery is a good reason to feel good about next season.