Sky Sports have highlighted what every club’s main strength is going into the new season.
The broadcaster looking at what happened last season as a guide to where each club can be expected to be strong again this time.
When it came to last season, one thing stood out.
Sky Sports highlighting that 67 through balls were made, more than any club outside the top six.
No surprise as well that Jonjo Shelvey was responsible for most of them.
With no team strengthening on what NUFC had last time, fans will be desperately hoping that Shelvey and Diame can repeat their post-February form this coming season.
‘Outside last season’s top six, no other side made as many through balls – 67 – as Newcastle did, with most coming from Jonjo Shelvey’s boot.
‘And if the mercurial playmaker is on song again this time around, then expect another mid-table finish for the Magpies.’
One strength that Sky Sport have missed out, is the fact that team understanding should be very high, considering the absence of any new first team starter candidates so far…
The real strength for NUFC last season though was surely the stats that showed how good Newcastle United were defensively when Jamaal Lascelles was in the team.
In brief, these are the strengths Sky Sports picked out for the other 19 clubs.
Arsenal had more different players (17) who scored in Premier League last season than any other club.
On Stoke won more aerial duels than Burnley last season.
Scored more goals (16) than any other PL team from set-pieces and retrieved more points (21) from losing positions, including the one that they won despite trailing 2-0 at home to Newcastle.
Conceded less goals than any other bottom 10 club.
Scored more goals (15) than any other Championship team from set-pieces.
Scored the most headers (17) in the PL last season.
Ore successful dribbles (12.7) per PL match than everybody apart from Man City and Chelsea.
Made more defensive clearances (1,229) than any other PL club, no surprise considering Sam Allardyce’s defensive tactics!
Comfortable on the ball – averaged 60.39% possession last season in Championship.
Relied more than any other PL club on attacks down right, 42% of Huddersfield’s coming from that route.
Only Man Utd and Man City had better chance conversion than the 18.24% rate Leicester had (Vardy scoring 33.90% of his chances).
Created 26 scoring chances from ‘fast breaks’, scoing nine of them – more than any other club.
Got 100 points – enough said!
Kept 19 clean sheets, every other game on average – David de Gea with 18 of the 19.
Only conceded once from penalty spot, equal best in Premier League – not exactly the greatest thing to shout about!
Won 23 of the 25 games they took a lead in, drawing the other two.
Their goalkeepers made only 95 saves, only clubs at the top (Chelsea, Spurs, Man City, Liverpool) had goalkeepers who made less.
Only conceded one own goal (a very desperate strength to highlight!).
Scored more goals (82) than any other Championship club last season (Newcastle scored 85 in 2016/17 Championship season).