The aim of any attack is to score goals, so a list of top goal scorers seems a logical place to start :
Graham 12 (0.38 per game, or 1 every 237 minutes)
Sinclair 8 (0.29 per game, or 1 every 390 minutes)
Sigurdsson 7 (0.41 per game, or 1 every 214 minutes)
Looking at this list, one fact stands out - the Swans have to sign Sigurdsson. There has been disconcerting talk in the press about Rodgers' hi-jacking the Swans nearly complete deal for Sigurdsson, but we should know sometime in the coming week whether Siggy will be wearing Swansea whites next season. These figures say it would be a great thing for the club if that happens.
It stands to reason that sole striker Danny Graham ought to top the goals scored list, and Scott Sinclair chipped in with a sturdy eight. In fairness, a repeat of the twenty odd he scored in the championship was never likely, and he still fared a lot better this season than did QPR's Adel Taarabt, the player who pipped Sinclair to the post in best Championship player voting that season.
However, Sigurdsson almost caught up with Sinclair whilst only playing half as many games, and his goals-per-game clip of 0.41 would be impressive for an out-and-out striker, let alone an attacking midfielder. Bear in mind also that Sinclair is the Swans penalty taker, and although Sigurdsson does take the free kicks, they don't quite present the same scoring opportunity (although that point is debatable where the Icelander is involved).
Of course, you don't score goals without taking shots. A look at that stat might shed some light on Sigurdsson's impressive figures so far.
Sinclair 99 (2.8 per game)
Sigurdsson 71 (4.2 per game)
Graham 70 (2.2 per game)
Sinclair's status at the top of this list might suggest he either shoots too much or doesn't hit the target often enough, because he took roughly 25% more shots than Graham but scored 25% fewer goals. Sigurdsson meanwhile takes almost twice the shots of the other leading shooters. Small wonder he scores so often. Granted, he takes most of the direct free kicks, but on balance, that probably only accounts for 0.8 shots per game (that one's a guess). Regardless, when he does take free kicks, he usually gets them on target, so that simply further illustrates his attacking value to the team.
More important that shots are shots on target :
Shots On Target (20 or more shots)
Again, we can see that Sigurdsson doesn't waste too many of his shots on goal - 32% is good for third on the team in the accuracy stakes. It is comforting to see Graham with a deadly 53% (for some context, Robin van Persie reached 37% this season), and the big surprise is Nathan Dyer, who once upon a time couldn't put the ball in the ocean, much less on target. As Swansea's second most accurate shooter, Dyer should look at shooting a little more often. As it stands, Dyer actually is fourth on the list for shots taken with 44 - but that's a far cry from third place Graham's 70.
Next I want to take a look at shots-per-goal - in other words, how many shots a player takes between scoring goals.
Shots Per Goal (20 shots minimum)
Graham tops the list. A little armchair extrapolation tells us that if Danny Graham could find a way to up his shots per game from 2.2 to 3, then he ought to score every other game at least, which would have increased his goals total this season from 12 to nearly 20. Food for thought.
Finally, I want to look at what I will describe as shooting efficacy - once a player has put a shot on target, how often it results in a goal :
Shooting Efficacy (20 shots minimum)
I must admit to cheating ever so slightly. Ash Williams actually had 50% efficacy after taking exactly the minimum 20 shots required for consideration (shots include headers on goal). However, he only put two of them on target, scoring his only goal of the season from one. This hardly seems useful for the purposes of our examination, so, discounting Williams, Danny Graham once again tops the table. I think it is safe to say at this point that Graham has justified his large transfer fee.
What is interesting is Scott Sinclair's nearly identical figure. This means that whilst Scott misses a lot of his shots (three quarters actually), when he does get them on target, they are quite dangerous, which backs up a point I made earlier in the season - that one of the reasons Sinclair misses a lot is because he is always aiming for the corners and edges of the goal, away from the keeper. When it works, there are goals. When it doesn't... there are questionable looking stats.
Joe Allen's inclusion on this list suggests he could do with shooting a little more often, too. He is fifth with 41 total shots, 32% of which he puts on target.
We'll finish up with a bit of fun :
Graham, Sinclair 3
Steven Caulker was really unlucky not to score with a header from a set-piece this season. Some of Siggy's shots off the frame came from free kicks, whilst we can see more evidence of Sinclair's shooting strategy of trying to keep the ball away from the keeper. And what about Danny Graham? That's another three goals he might have had there...
There'll be more stats next time, including a best eleven round-up.