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Official Premier League analysis/stats show Allan Saint-Maximin and Jack Grealish top PL dribblers

3 weeks ago
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Interesting analysis on both Jack Grealish and Allan Saint-Maximin from the official Premier League site.

The stats and analysis is related to their dribbling technique, showing them to be two of the best in the top tier.

However, it is not just those stats that tell you how important the pair are.

Villa have lost their last three games when Grealish has been missing, whilst Newcastle have picked up only one point in the four games where ASM hasn’t been involved.

As for the dribbling, the NUFC and AVFC players top two different measurements.

Allan Saint-Maximin averages the greatest difference travelled when he dribbles with the ball, carrying it an average 12.2m each time, more than any other Premier League player.

As for Jack Grealish, he has created 15 chances following ball carries this season, more than any other player in the Premier League. Which is of course where we are looking ASM to add more of an end product to his game, in terms of scoring goals and making them for others.

Official Premier League analysis:

Premier league most ball carries ending in chance created

It tells us that two of the best dribblers in the league are set to go head-to-head on Monday night, with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish facing Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin.

Grealish, who is back in the frame after overcoming a calf injury, has created 15 chances following ball carries this season, more than any other player in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has had no problem bringing his creativity to the top flight after Villa’s promotion, and Newcastle will need to be alert when he is running at their defence.’

Premier League average ball carry progress

‘Using another strand of the new metric, we can see which players cover the most ground while progressing upfield with the ball, by looking at their average carry progress.

Topping this group, out of the players with at least 100 carries this season, is Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin, who is averaging a league-high 12.2 metres per carry.

Having gradually worked his way into the starting XI, the 22-year-old has been at the heart of Newcastle’s counter-attacking threat with his driving, direct runs.

Monday’s match at Villa Park could be decided by which team gets their star dribbler on the ball more often, and how much the pair hurt their foes when they get space to run into.’

Interesting to see what influence Allan Saint-Maximin can have moving forward, as he has still only started six Premier League matches after stepping up from Ligue 1.

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