Originally Appeared on 9/23/15 on Na Dead Raibead.
Darren O’Dea started a lively night on the Tim-ernet with a tweet about the Celtic team tonight. He discussed how surprised he was that Kris Commons had been left out of the team this season. Then he tweeted this.
Talking of commons! How Stokes has been left out I’ll never know. Proven goalscorer!
— Darren O’Dea (@odea_darren) September 23, 2015
This set off a chain reaction not seen, well actually that’s not true as an argument like this seems like a nightly occurrence in the world of the Celtic internet but I digress, a debate formed about just how much Anthony Stokes has provided in his time with Celtic. His attitude, his opinions on the music of Elvis Presley, what position he played best, and more were discussed both for and against Stokes. But all of those things aren’t quantifiable in judging Stokes performance with Celtic (well maybe the Elvis thing, as he leads the team in Elvis’ punched per 90, but I digress yet again.)
Some tried to quantify Stokes attributes and contributions to Celtic.
@odea_darren 76 goals and 66 assists in 144 starts for us. He’s involved in slightly under a goal per start – difficult to argue against.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) September 23, 2015
A factually accurate statement, though using any stat per game is a misleading stat. With that metric, an appearance for 5 minutes in a substitutes role and playing 120 minutes in a match with extra time are counted the same. Per 90 minutes is a much better way to accurately measure a players contribution compared to another. I then decided to compare Stokes to some of his colleagues and past recent Celtic players who played a similar role to Stokes. We’ve seen Stokes as a lone striker, part of a two striker line-up, and even put out wide. So lets take a gander at his stats compared to similar players with Celtic.