These are the official Premier League statistics below, showing how many passes have been made by each club so far.
Some quite incredible differences between the various teams.
Below are the overall totals, although Chelsea play Arsenal and Man Utd host Everton, so those four will have another set of passes to add to their current four game total – everybody else having played five.
At the very top of the stats you have Manchester City averaging 650 passes, then Arsenal with 621 passes per game.
Tottenham 619 and Manchester United with 580, then Liverpool on 549 passes per game.
No real surprises there with any of those clubs who are used to being at the top of the table and playing high level passing football.
However, you then have others such as Southampton with an average of 503 passes, Bournemouth 471, then Huddersfield and Brighton both average over 400 (411 and 402 respectively).
Even Crystal Palace who are rock bottom without a single point or goal, average 405 passes this season.
Then look towards the bottom…
No surprise to see the abomination that is Tony Pulis and West Brom in 20th with only 37 passes per match – but Newcastle are only two passes above with 309 per game.
I knew NUFC tended to have less possession (42% yesterday against Stoke) than the opposition but I do find these statistics striking.
Rafa does like the counter-attack but it is possession based, not kick and run, so I would have assumed the pass total to be higher.
Thinking about it, Newcastle’s current style reminds me of Leicester City. Not saying NUFC are going to emulate their remarkable achievement but they did/do play a similar style.
A team game under Ranieri based on a very strong defensive base and then breaking with pace and players could pass it out and run it from the back – Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Vardy and others.
Long may it continue at St James Park – better to have effective use of the ball when you get it, rather than endlessly passing it around non-dangerous areas.
Total passes in the 2017/18 Premier League so far (up to and incl matches on 16 September 2017):
3,299 Manchester City
3,095 Tottenham Hotspur
2,320 Manchester United
2,025 Crystal Palace
2,016 Swansea City
2,010 Brighton and Hove Albion
1,952 West Ham United
1,546 Newcastle United
1,534 West Bromwich Albion