Positive stat leaders – (nearly) one per Premier League club

Date published: Sunday 6th February 2022 8:40 - Will Ford

Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal battles with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

We’ve trawled WhoScored and FBRef for positive stats for a player of every Premier League club, and failed – no Leeds or West Ham in this list. But 18 out of 20 ain’t bad. All stats are per 90 minutes unless otherwise stated.

The negative stats are here

 

Arsenal: Emile Smith Rowe – goals minus expected goals (+4.4)
He’s scored eight goals with a combined xG of 3.6 but has started one Premier League game since the start of December. Bit odd, that.

 

Aston Villa: Kortney Hause – set-piece goals (0.2)
Yes, he’s scored one goal from a set-piece. Aston Villa players are very much a middling bunch in terms of stats this season.

 

Brentford: Christian Norgaard – loose balls recovered (13.5)
He’s a busy little bee is Norgaard, and takes SECOND BALLS more seriously than anyone.

 

Brighton: Alexis Mac Allister – pressure successes (9.86)
There are two other Brighton players in the top ten and four in the top ten for successes in the final third. Potter-ball, ladies and gentlemen.

 

Burnley: Charlie Taylor – blocks (3.88)
A bit of a classic stat for Burnley, who lead the way as a team on 19.8 blocks per game.

 

Chelsea: Andreas Christensen – interceptions (3.87)
A very fine centre-back that Chelsea could lose at the end of the season if they don’t pull their finger out.

 

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha – fouled (3.0)
Dribbles a lot, gets fouled a lot. Rarely not somewhere near the top of this particular metric.

 

Everton: Richarlison – goals per shot on target (0.80)
Not really a positive stat given 16 of his 21 shots have been off target, but then positives are few and far between at Goodison Park.

 

Leeds: n/a

 

Leicester: Wilfred Ndidi – tackles (4.38)
Here he is. No surprise.

 

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold – key passes (2.9)
Here he is. No surprise.

 

Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne – shot-creating actions (5.66)
Here he is. No surprise.

 

Manchester United: Paul Pogba – goal-creating actions (1.14)
Seven assists in the first four games of the season. It’s easy (often calming) to forget about Pogba for a while. Exciting to see whether Ralf Rangnick can get a tune out of him.

Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba shouts instructions

 

Newcastle: Chris Wood – aerial duels won (7.65)
An incredible total of 28 in two games for Newcastle has strengthened the impressive lead he forged at Burnley.

 

Norwich: Grant Hanley – pressure success percentage (41%)
I, too, would cede possession if Grant Hanley was coming towards me.

 

Southampton: James Ward Prowse – average distance in yards from goal per shot (28.1)
Just a lovely stat. 28 yards is a long way out…

 

Tottenham: Sergio Reguilon – completed crosses into 18-yard box (1.13)
The Spaniard completed 0.64 crosses per game last season. Antonio Conte loves those wing-backs.

 

Watford: Emmanuel Dennis – total nutmegs (13)
Eight goals and five assists but total nutmegs is the real quiz.

 

West Ham: n/a

 

Wolves: Jose Sa – save percentage (85.8%)
Rui Patricio had a save percentage of 68.6% last season. Sa is a huge upgrade for an excellent Wolves.

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