Premier League numbers and stats: Pukki, James, Mings

Date published: Wednesday 21st August 2019 8:13

Who’s got a touch worse than Andy Carroll? Who’s made twice as many clearances as Harry Maguire? Which fouler and ‘foulee’ are meeting this weekend? Here are your Premier League stats after week two. The numbers are totals after two games.


Shots on target – Teemu Pukki (7 out of 10)
Four goals in his first two Premier League games. 29 goals in the Championship last season. A great ‘Finnisher’ (sorry/not sorry).

Shots off target – James Maddison (5 out of 6)
He might not be David Bentley, but he does like to slash an effort wide.

Total tackles – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (15 out of 17)
The most predictable stat on the list. The kid loves a tackle. And Manchester United fans love him already

Dribbled past – Davy Propper (8)
Brighton teammate Pascal Groß has also been dribbled past five times – maybe they won’t sustain their Europa League league position for long.

Most interceptions – Fabian Schar and Wilfred Ndidi (9)
Two of the most underrated footballers in the Premier League. Philip Billing has seven in 130 minutes – a good start after his move to Bournemouth.

Most fouls – Luka Milivojevic (10)
A foul every 18 minutes, four more fouls than anyone else. Milivojevic is always either fouling someone or banging in a penalty.

Most fouled – Daniel James (8)
He has obscene pace. Milivojevic v James on Saturday – could be tasty.

Most clearances – Tyrone Mings (23)
That’s 13 more than £80million Harry Maguire. Mings has also blocked the most shots (6) – England call-up?

Most saves – Hugo Lloris (11)
We all saw the Man City game.

Successful dribbles – Ricardo Pereira (9 out of 13)
Christian Pulisic completed just four of the 12 dribbles he attempted. Eden Hazard completed 137 out of 204 last season – big (or quick) shoes to fill.

Unsuccessful dribbles – Diogo Jota (9 out of 14)
Is it better to try and fail when dribbling? Five successful dribbles is pretty good actually.

Unsuccessful touches – Joelinton (12)
Apparently this is what you get for £40million these days. Who’d have thought Andy Carroll would be the striker at Newcastle with the most reliable first touch?

Dispossessed – Emiliano Buendia (10)
A beautiful assist at Anfield but the young Argentine could create even more if he kept hold of the ball.

Aerial duels won – Christian Benteke (17 out of 31)
Hoof! And Crystal Palace are still terrible.

Aerial duels lost – Troy Deeney (25 out of 41)
This also means he has won 16 duels – which is the second highest… Does Troy ever get a ball to feet?

Most passes Toby Alderweireld (164)
Jorginho has a measly 108 in his two games so far – a poor showing from the ‘pass master’.

Key passes – Kevin De Bruyne (12)
The assist leader with three – KDB should have had at least a couple more in the Spurs game alone with his right foot wand.

Key long passes – Johann Gudmundsson (5)
Fellow Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood is third on the list as Sean Dyche sticks to plan A.


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