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Newcastle star finds himself top 5 in stats for best in the air in Premier League

1 year ago
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Joselu started his first Premier League game for Newcastle United against West Ham, scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win.

That started a run of being named in the team for 17 of 19 Premier League matches, ending with the 0-0 draw at home to Brighton.

Since December though, the Spanish striker has only started two Premier League games, away at Man City when Rafa picked a damage limitation side, then home to Burnley when a weak Joselu penalty was saved in a 1-1 draw.

Rafa Benitez maybe going for a different style of play, as the Spanish striker is now used from the bench at best.

The Newcastle boss has possibly turned his back on a more route one tactic and instead playing the ball on the deck, with Gayle up front and Shelvey back in the team, along with Kenedy n on loan.

However, one thing you can’t argue with, is that when Joselu was in the team he won his fair share in the air.

A list of those winning the most aerial duels in the Premier League has just been published today.

Using official Premier League data from EA Sports, Talksport have put together this list of the five PL players to win most of those aerial duels this season:

224 Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

189 Peter Crouch (Stoke)

154 Shane Duffy (Brighton)

138 Salomon Rondon (West Brom)

137 Joselu (Newcastle United)

If you go beyond the basic numbers, it gets even better for Joselu.

These are the Premier League starts and sub appearances for each player, with first of all how many PL minutes they have had on the pitch this season:

2065 Benteke (23+2)

1200 Crouch (10+14)

2593 Duffy (29+0)

2182 Rondon (25+4)

1617 Joselu (19+6)

In terms of how often each player wins an aerial duel, Joselu is actually third highest.

The Newcastle striker winning a header on average every 12 minutes, with only Crouchy (every 6 minutes!) and Benteke (9 minutes) ahead of him.

Rondon is every 16 minutes and Duffy every 17 minutes.

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