Newcastle United – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
In football, some statistics sum up a player or match perfectly.
For example, you might have noticed Tim Krul made a few saves against Spurs and the after match stats of 14 (fourteen!) blocks by the Dutch keeper says it all.
However, the EPLindex website has done an excellent analysis of Newcastle United’s season so far.
To read their full report go here but these are some of the highlights;
Debuchy has made more blocks (7) than any other outfield player, plus he has attempted and won more tackles than anybody else (won 26 from 33), while the French full-back has also won 45 of 61 aerial duels which comes out top amongst his teammates as well.
Interestingly, Cabaye has made the most ‘penalty-area entries’ (42) of any Newcastle player, this reflects the manager using him in that more advanced role where he can do more damage.
Anita (87%) and Tiote (88%) have the best passing accuracy but both tend to keep it short and simple so I don’t think you can put too much emphasis on those stats.
In terms of creating chances, maybe surprisingly Moussa Sissoko is top with 18, followed by Cabaye with 13, though each only have one assist.
Despite being left out recently, Hatem Ben Arfa is the player with the most dribbles (46) and he has a 54% success rate with them. Sissoko is next best with 39 dribbles and a success rate of 51%.
Loic Remy has an excellent shooting accuracy of 60% and has converted 35% of his chances, while little surprise to see that Papiss Cisse has the worst accuracy in the team with only 36% of chances on target and he’s also missed all four of his clear-cut opportunities.
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