Originally Posted by Red Indian Chief Torn Rubber
I'm certain if you added in assist stats of Cantona and Berbatov that would look miles different. Besides, stats without proper context can be very misleading.
Bottom line the stats show Berbatov is no where near as poor as many claim. His problem has been not performing at optimum capacity often enough like he did at Spurs. But people keep trying to turn that into something else.
The difference with Cantona is that he was undoubtedly the catalyst behind the dominance United have had over the last 20 years, he took a team that was almost there and took them onto the next level. That 'X' factor that every team needs was brought into the side by him and he was inspirational to the younger players already in the side and coming through.
Berbatov, on the other hand, has come into an extremely successful side with players who are already established and regarded as at least his equal, which I believe has been part of the problem.
During his time at Tottenham, Berbatov had the Cantona effect on his teammates, of that there is no doubt.