Premier League stats: the best and the worst

Date published: Saturday 7th November 2020 9:02 - Will Ford

All stats are per 90 minutes. Players must have made at least four Premier League appearances and played over 200 minutes for inclusion. Only certain positions have been included for certain stats because Alisson having no shots on or off target isn’t interesting to anyone. Thanks to WhoScored for the numbers.


Shots on target (forwards)

Most: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 2.1

The top Premier League goalscorer has the most shots on target. Makes sense.

Fewest: Roberto Firmino – 0.6

He also shoots the least often (1.5) of any striker in the Premier League. Change is afoot.


Shots off target (midfielders and forwards)

Most: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 2.2

Two goals but will need many more if Fulham are to avoid the drop.

Fewest: Marcus Rashford – 0.2

Bit of a surprise given his proclivity for pot-shots from miles out.


Total tackles (defenders and midfielders)

Most: Allan – 4.3

What. A. Signing.

Fewest: Eric Dier – 0.2

Eric Dier not attempting tackles is almost certainly a good thing for Tottenham.


Dribbled past (defenders and midfielders)

Most: Arthur Masuaku – 2.8

Why bother when you’re playing five at the back?

Fewest: Michael Keane; Yerry Mina – 0.1

Hard Toffees.


Interceptions (defenders and midfielders)

Most: Matty Cash; N’Golo Kante – 3.2

No change out of Cash; no change in Kante.

Fewest: Luke Ayling; Arthur Masuaku – 0.3

Hey Arthur! Defend!


Fouls (all positions)

Most: Paul Pogba – 3.7

At least he tops something.

Fewest: Charlie Taylor – 0.2

He’s successful 90% of the time he tackles. No need to foul.


Fouled (midfielders and forwards)

Most: Eberechi Eze – 4.3

The Crystal Palace man pips perpetually stymied Jack Grealish (4.2) to top spot. Must be “holding onto the ball too long”.

Fewest: Bobby De Cordova-Reid – 0.3

West Brom didn’t lay a glove on him.


Clearances (centre-backs)

Most: Janik Vestergaard – 6.4

One of may reasons he made our top ten players of the season so far.

Fewest: Virgil van Dijk – 1.9

Who needs him?


Caught offside (strikers)

Most: Jamie Vardy – 1.4


Fewest: Harry Kane – 0.3



Save percentage (goalkeepers)

Highest: Karl Darlow – 75.6%

He’s ‘perfect’. Well, he’s not. Edouard Mendy actually is, but he’s only played three games.

Lowest: Mat Ryan – 40%

David de Gea has the second lowest on 55%. How bad does he need to be for Dean Henderson to get a game?


Successful dribbles (forwards)

Most: Adama Traore – 6.7

No goals; no assists. The end product dubiety is just around the corner.

Fewest: Willian – 0.4

An interesting one this. His last four seasons for Chelsea have all seen his successful dribbles above 2 per 90 minutes. And it’s not as though he’s attempting dribbles that aren’t coming off, he’s successful 100% of the time this season. Limited by Mikel Arteta perhaps?


Unsuccessful dribbles (forwards)

Most: Mohamed Salah – 2.9

Loses the ball 60% of the time. Just shoot, Mo.

Fewest: Callum Wilson – 0.1

Loses the ball 11% of the time. Ipso facto, he’s a better dribbler than Mo Salah.


Unsuccessful touches (strikers)

Most: Michail Antonio – 4.6

Brilliant, but a bit trampoline-y.

Fewest: Oliver McBurnie – 1.2

If only he was anywhere near as good at scoring goals as holding the ball up.


Dispossessed (forwards)

Most: Jordan Ayew – 5.2

The lone striker role at Crystal Palace can be especially lonely at times.

Fewest: Tammy Abraham – 0.3

Frank Lampard says his the quality of Tammy Abraham is “never lost” on him. This is one of those key qualities.


Aerial duels won (strikers and centre-backs)

Most: Oliver McBurnie – 11.2

Big Andy Carrolll just missed the cut. He’s up at 13.6 but has only played 150 minutes.

Fewest: Roberto Firmino – 0.2

Not his game.



Aerial duels lost (strikers and centre-backs)

Most: Oliver McBurnie – 8.7

You win some, you lose some.

Fewest: Harry Maguire; Kurt Zouma – 0.5

They win 90% and 87% of their aerial duels respectively.


Passes (centre-backs and defensive midfielders)

Most: Joe Gomez – 94.7

Liverpool play the most short passes per game (609), so this makes sense.

Fewest: Ezri Konsa – 28

Aston Villa play the third most long passes per game (63) and the third fewest short passes (310), so this makes sense.


Key passes (midfielders)

Most: Bruno Fernandes – 3.6

Remains a diamond in the rough.

Fewest: N’Golo Kante – 0.1

Should be the DM, Lamps.


Key passes from crosses (wingers and full-backs)

Most: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 1.4

Surprise, surprise…

Fewest: Hector Bellerin; Kyle Walker – 0.1

Surprise? Not really.


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