I mean, of the 10s of 1000s of footballers playing professionally...I wouldn't be using Perez or Hernandez as representative samples...Clayton wrote: ↑Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:48 amLucas Perez in 15/16 season scored 19 in 38 games , since then he has scored 22 in 75 .
Hernandez in 15/16 season scored 26 in 41 games , since then has scored 29 in 97.
So I am not sure that your theory that all players are entering their prime at 27 holds any weight Alfie .
Why havnt these 2 improved on reaching their prime as you say , neither have had horrendous injury problems which would have held them back ie ; Carroll - Wilshere .
I would also think prime age would have been nearer the age of 25 years for strikers and maybe 27 for defenders and in between those ages for midfielders ..
Got to be a touch of luck for all players as well , physical and mental attributes , injuries , personal ambition and love for the game must come into it as well just not the fact that we all improve at the age of 27 so are better for it .
Generally, yes, I think if you look at defenders they are peaking then, strikers often seem to enjoy their golden years then, unless they are pace monikers like Owen or Anelka. But if you looked at the premiership greats; lampard, gerrard, bergkamp, sherirngham, scholes, Viera, Keane, zola, Ashley cole, Gary Neville, makelele, David silva, kompany, agero- id still stick to my argument the best seasons are generally 26.27,28,29.
Wingers might be different, although some would argue the likes of giggs had some very good seasons in a more central role in advancing years
Our own recent history has di Canio, payet and arnie hitting top gear in their later 20s.