How does ‘killer’ Owen compare to ‘all-round’ Rashford at 21?

Date published: Sunday 8th September 2019 12:41

In terms of his overall week, Michael Owen’s claim that Marcus Rashford is not “obsessed with goals” ranked as one of the least controversial.

“I think you can definitely improve your finishing, but I don’t think you can improve your instinct and I don’t think you can improve the way you are made,” he said. “He will, in my opinion, always score a decent number of goals and he is an absolutely wonderfully talented player. But when you mention Aguero, that cold-blooded, constantly thinking about goals (striker), I don’t think (he has got that).”

Owen would go on to describe himself as having a “killer instinct” that the “better all-round player” Rashford does not, prompting this response. But it seems a fair assessment; perhaps it’s time for a comparison of the two at roughly the same age.

 

Premier League games at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 128
Rashford – 115

Premier League starts at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 120
Rashford – 74

Premier League goals at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 67
Rashford – 29

Premier League assists at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 6
Rashford – 15

Premier League wins at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 59
Rashford – 62

Premier League losses at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 34
Rashford – 22

Premier League Player of the Month awards at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 1
Rashford – 1

Champions League games at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 2
Rashford – 18

Champions League starts at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 2
Rashford – 11

Champions League goals at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 1
Rashford – 5

Champions League assists at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 0
Rashford – 3

Champions League knockout-stage goals at any age
Owen – 0
Rashford – 1

England games at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 34
Rashford – 32

England starts at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 23
Rashford – 15

England goals at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 14
Rashford – 7

England assists at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 1
Rashford – 3

Trophies at 21y, 10m, 7d
Owen – 3
Rashford – 3

So Owen is the far better and more natural goalscorer, while Rashford is the superior team player. And this feature was definitely necessary to figure that out. But Big Mick was right. Dry your eyes, Wor Al.

 

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