Salah, Hazard, Silva trail Scotland star in creating Big Chances…

Date published: Thursday 28th March 2019 9:03

Players are ranked in order of Big Chances created (basically a chance that should be taken), according to Opta, with chances created used as a tie-breaker…

 

10) Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Big chances created: 10
Chances created: 53
Assists: 6
Goals scored: 5
Goals directly involved in: 11

Runs further than anyone else, makes more tackles than anyone at City not named Fernandinho, and knows how to use the ball when he wins it. Arguably Manchester City’s player of the season during a campaign in which they remain on course to win the bloody lot.

 

9) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
Big chances created: 11
Chances created: 27
Assists: 6
Goals scored: 11
Goals directly involved in: 17

The Bournemouth attacker keeps his place in the top 10 despite missing six games and the whole of February with a knee injury. A goal and an assist in his first match back convinced Gareth Southgate to keep him in his England squad.

 

8) Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Big chances created: 11
Chances created: 41
Assists: 8
Goals scored: 0
Goals directly involved in: 8

 

7) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Big chances created: 11
Chances created: 55
Assists: 9
Goals scored: 15
Goals directly involved in: 24

The England attacker is neck-and-neck with Sergio Aguero for the title of City’s most productive player, with each having played a part in 35 goals in all competitions so far this season.

 

6) Lucas Digne (Everton)
Big chances created: 12
Chances created: 55
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 3
Goals directly involved in: 7

One of the best buys of last summer has certainly been Everton’s best player this season. The 25-year-old has earned himself a recall to the France squad and made us al forget about poor Leighton Baines.

 

5) James Maddison (Leicester)
Big chances created: 11
Chances created: 82
Assists: 6
Goals scored: 6
Goals directly involved in: 12

Even though just under half of the chances he has created have come from set-plays, Maddison > Messi…

 

4) Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Big chances created: 12
Chances created: 76
Assists: 11
Goals scored: 13
Goals directly involved in: 24

“Look, Zinedine, look! Look at me!” The Belgium star has been trying to catch Real Madrid’s eye by creating the most chances form open play in the Premier League this season. What will Chelsea do without him?

 

3) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Big chances created: 13
Chances created: 56
Assists: 7
Goals scored: 17
Goals directly involved in: 24

The Reds star is apparently not having the best season but he is still joint-top scorer in the Premier League and despite criticism for being too selfish, the stats suggest he is doing his bit for his team-mates too.

 

2) David Silva (Manchester City)
Big chances created: 13
Chances created: 59
Assists: 6
Goals scored: 6
Goals directly involved in: 12

Merlin’s still magic…

 

1) Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
Big chances created: 20
Chances created: 69
Assists: 10
Goals scored: 6
Goals directly involved in: 16

The Premier League’s smallest player has had a massive impact on Bournemouth’s season, maintaining his form after a flying start. While 26 of the chances Fraser has created have come from set-plays, only six players in the league have been more creative in open play, with Andros Townsend the only player in that group not part of this top ten.

 

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