Three Newcastle players come out of these Premier League possession stats well – One surprisingly so
In modern football, far more than years gone by, giving away possession is seen as a far bigger problem.
As playing styles have changed, rather than play quickly switching from one end of the pitch to the other and possession changing hands with almost every other kick at times, keeping hold of the ball is the key thing for most teams/coaches.
Basically, if you give away possession then you don’t know when you will get the ball back, especially against the better teams.
An interesting table has now been published by ‘The Other 14’ (who specialise on stats/tables etc on the 14 clubs and their players who aren’t the ‘Big Six’) which shows the most successful Premier League players this season when it comes to not giving away possession.
The ‘Other 14’ is becoming an ever better resource with some interesting and relevant stats comparison.
When it comes to how many times players give away possession per 90 minutes played, little surprise it is dominated by defenders who tend to play a lot of shorter/safer passes.
Good to see though that Newcastle have three players in this top 20 who give the ball away least.
Even though he is one of those defenders who will tend to play shorter passes credit to Jamaal Lascelles for his position second top.
He gives the ball away on average only 5.22 times every 90 minutes, only Gary Cahill with better stats.
Confidence and ability on the ball has long been seen as Lascelles’ biggest weakness but the stats suggest he has shown significant improvement on that front.
Great to see as well that Jetro Willems and Isaac Hayden rank so high, considering they play further up the pitch than the vast majority of other players featured on the list.
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