Yes, Luis Suarez is making his La Liga bow this weekend in his debut for Barcelona in El Clasico. Four months after he had a chew on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder in the World Cup, Suarez returns. Cue the old jokes about letting Luis Suarez ‘off the leash’, because he’s ‘chomping at the bit’ and can’t wait to ‘get his teeth stuck into Real Madrid’ – and that’s just on this Blog alone.
But we’re not all witty puns and sarcastic remarks in Power Tower, we do our fair share of number-crunching as well. And with Luis Suarez gracing the hallowed turf once again, it’s time to dip into the form book to study just how prolific he really is.
The bite-size guide after does a pretty good job of summing up how prolific Suarez can be on his day, but if you need to kill a few more minutes in work, the story of Suarez’s goalscoring record is quite the read.
Luis Suarez joined Ajax in 2007, and in his first season bagged 17 goals in 33 league games, taking no time at all to bed in to his new side. And the stats were only going to get better. He followed his debut season in Holland with 22 goals in 31 games, and won the golden boot in 2009/10 after racking up a staggering 35 goals in 33 league games. That year he finished up with a total of 49 goals in 48 games in all competitions and was named the Dutch Player of the Year. It wasn’t long before Liverpool came knocking…
It took the Uruguyan striker a little longer to ignite at Anfield, but when he did his goalscoring record was ridiculous. In his first 18 months with Liverpool he managed just 15 goals in 44 games, which by his high standards was as disappointing as pretty much every Killers song since they released Hot Fuss. He also racked up an eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra and a one-game ban for making an obscene gesture at some pretty harmless Fulham fans. Certainly not one for the highlight reel.
Suarez returned to his usual form in 2012/13 with 23 goals in 33 games, but also returned to his biting habit which saw him leave Ajax three years earlier. Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic was on the receiving end of this chomp, and Suarez was hit with a 10-game suspension.
He returned to league football at the end of September 2013 and picked up where he left off with a brace against Sunderland. Suarez scored 31 goals in 33 games, averaging a Premier League goal every 96 minutes he was on the pitch. It took him just 15 matches to reach the 20 goal mark – the quickest ever in Premier League history – and he became the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a league season since Ian Rush in 1986/87.
The striker completed his move from Merseyside to Barcelona in July 2014, and swapped the fake eyelashes and spray tans for the Catalan capital. Suarez scored on his league debut for Ajax against De Graafschap, and found the net on his Liverpool debut against Stoke. Real Madrid might be a different calibre of opposition, but at 13/10 it’s hard to put you off backing Suarez to bag yet another debut goal for a new club.
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