Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Winks, Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Ake … how unexpected names are at the top of the statistics for the Premier League season so far
- After four action rounds in the Premier League, it is worth to look at the statistics
- There are already some surprising leaders in a few different categories
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made 26 tackles that are more than any other player
- Harry Winks leads when it comes to passes completed with 36 more than anyone else
With four rounds of Premier League action already in the books and the international break that takes fourteen days, Sportsmail looks at the statistics to find out which players have seemed the clearest so far – at least according to the numbers. There are a handful of surprising leaders in some important statistics …
It should be considered a surprise that one of the top six keepers has made the most saves so far.
Tottenham needed Hugo Lloris at his best and he kept the ball out 19 times this season, twice more than Nick Pope in second place.
Davinson Sanchez was placed out of position in the North London derby, Kyle Walker-Peters suffers from an injury and Serge Aurier angled for an exit, so the Spurs rearguard is definitely destabilized.
Perhaps the midfield with a new look also finds its feet with Tanguy Ndombele who shifts the balance. Whatever the answer, Mauricio Pochettino & # 39; s side is leaking opportunities and Lloris will have to give more of an armchair ride in the coming weeks.
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|Aaron Ramsdale||12||Lukasz Fabianski||12|
|David de Gea||]||10|
The English youth is at the forefront when it comes to completed tackles that tell you something about his defensive abilities, but probably also how United has played.
He made a total of 26 tackles, six more than Leicester right back Ricardo Pereira in second place.
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In another defensive measurement, Michael Keane tops the list in terms of won air duels.
Everton's center back has defeated an opponent 23 times to win headers, with Willy Boly or Wolves only one behind.
Boly is also ninth in the tackles category, so the 28-year old has started his second season at Molineux well.
Nathan Ake has made more interceptions than any other defender (14), one more than Newcastle striking Fabian Schar.
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|Jack O & # 39; Connell||21|
|Virgil van Dijk||20|
Tottenham may have made a stuttering start to the season, but Harry Winks has had an excellent start form and is in control for Mauricio Pochettino.
He has made 287 successful passes, that is 36 more than his closest competitor Pogba. Somewhat surprisingly, Moritz Leitner is in third place in Norwich.
Frank Lampard's offensive football has had varying results so far, but it seems to be suitable for Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian midfielder has completed more dribbles than anyone in the league (13) other than Lanzini.
|PL Midfielders 2019-20||Passes Successful||Passes Successful|
|Granit Xhaka||Tom Trybull||201|
|Mateo Kovacic||13||Manuel Lanzini||13|
At the attacking end of the field, Riyad Mahrez got the most out of his limited playing time. or Manchester City.
The Algerian winger may have only started half of the matches, but he has created 10 chances, the same number as Sadio Mane and both wingers are ahead.
Mo Salah and Callum Wilson of Bournemouth are held together in second place at nine.
Kevin De Bruyne has created 16 in midfield, two more than Manuel Lanzini and five more than Paul Pogba in third place.
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Last April, Riyad Mahrez was so dissatisfied with Manchester City that he could no longer hold his mouth.
Pep Guardiola did not play him and Mahrez told his teammates that he was not happy with his situation.
He never thought repressing Raheem Sterling Bernardo Silva or Leroy Sane would be an easy task, but at least he expected a fair crack in it.
Why would City spend £ 60 million to snatch him? van Leicester just for him to sit on the couch?
Playing the second violin was not what he signed up for. He was not only here to pick up his medal at the end of the season, he was here to contribute.
Mahrez was in and out last season, but was particularly agitated after he failed to make it to the bank for five of City & # 39; s six games in April and May
Guardiola unexpectedly turned to Mahrez for their trip to Brighton on the last day of the season with victory needed to secure the Premier League title.
He had complained about being overlooked, but here he was on the most important day of the season.
Mahrez seized the opportunity with both hands, creating a decent brilliant screen that ended with a beautiful goal when City overcame a fear of winning 4-1 and their name in the Premier League – trophy stamping
Guardiola's decision to play him was like a gesture of confidence and it gave new life to Mahrez's career in City.
Almost then it was decided and there that he would not leave the club looking for regular minutes despite rumors – influenced by the revelation he had grabbed from teammates – associated him with a summer move.
Encouraged by helping City to cross the line in the title race, he left with Algeria to revive the African Cup of Nations.
And it was Here Mahrez reminded the world of his qualities when he led his country to their first title in 29 years.
When he returned to City, Guardiola planned to give him a higher role in his team with Leroy Sane about to join Bayern Munich in a deal with a lot of money.
But in the weeks before the first match of the new campaign – the final of the Community Shield against Liverpool – Mahrez had a cold, he was given a nose spray while in international service, which eventually would be City's plans thwart.
The doctors of the club could not determine what was in the spray – and after informing the FA – they decided to exclude him from the team to ensure that the Algerian would not violate the doping rules .
MAHREZ & # 39; S STATE UNTIL THIS SEASON
& # 39; It is impossible because it has no muscles! & # 39; Pep Guardiola says bizarre that Riyad Mahrez cannot get injured because he has no muscles in his legs, since Manchester City manager praises Algerian form
- Riyad Mahrez has scored seven Premier League goals for Manchester City
- The 28-year-old is in excellent shape, which Pep Guardiola acknowledged
- However, the city boss had an unusual reason for Mahrez's peak fitness to explain
Pep Guardiola claimed that Riyad Mahrez cannot be injured because his legs have no muscles.
In total, the 28-year-old scored seven goals this season in 18 Premier League games – but Guardiola had a different opinion on why Mahrez & # 39; s fitness is at its peak.
Riyad Mahrez celebrates opening score against Aston Villa on Sunday
& # 39; The difference last season and this season plays more minutes because the manager is friendlier to him, & Guardiola said.
& # 39; The level that he played last season was also good. He likes to play football.
& # 39; You see his legs, it is impossible to get hurt because he has no muscles. The last third he has something special, I always feel that he can score a goal. & # 39;
Oops! Riyad Mahrez slips awkwardly that Fernandinho LEAVED Manchester City next summer during a YouTube clip for Sky Sports
- Riyad Mahrez may have revealed that Fernandinho is leaving Man City next year
- The Algerian said the midfielder left during a game on YouTube
- The host of Sky Sports clumsily corrected that he left David Silva who left
- Fernandinho's Manchester City contract expires at the end of the season
- Spaniard David Silva has already announced that he will not make his deal renew
Riyad Mahrez may have let Fernandinho escape Manchester City Next summer after a difficult time to film a show with Sky Sports
The Algerian midfielder was invited along with teammate Benjamin Mendy for a web show on the YouTube channel of the broadcaster , where the players were challenged for a current packing competition for Christmas Day.
The show starts with the couple competing against each other in a quiz about Manchester City, but Mahrez got a red face when he quickly answered a question about which player would leave the club.
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But while he gave the correct answer by saying that David Silva had revealed that he was leaving, he also blurted out another name.
& # 39; Who announced in the summer that this would be their last season in City? & # 39; asks the Sky Sports presenter.
Mahrez immediately beats his buzzer and says: & # 39; David [Silva] and Fernandinho. & # 39;
The presenter had to clumsyly correct the 28-year-old man and tell him that the correct answer was simply David Silva, with the former Valencia midfielder revealing that he was leaving City in June.
While trying to move on, Mendy cannot help but grin because he becomes aware of Mahrez & # 39; s blunder before the pair is questioned about another subject.
Mahrez and Mendy were tested on a large number of questions about City statistics in recent seasons, including who this season is the top scorer and how many teams have scored six goals or more.
The players responded to the last question with seven correct questions each, and to separate them they were asked which player had never been on the losing side for Man City. Mendy was quickly on the buzzer to answer that it was him to win.
They later continued with their current packing competition, where Mendy once again took the lead.
Fernandinho's contract expires at the end of the season, but the midfielder has not yet confirmed that he will leave.
The Brazilian is in his sixth season with the Etihad after joining Shakhtar Donestsk in 2013, and the combative star was a key figure for the city to help them win three Premier League titles.
But his future looks blurry, with the player set to turn 35 next summer.
& # 39; Between Mahrez and Salah I would prefer to work with Mahrez & # 39 ;: Samir Nasri says & # 39; choose & # 39; collective & # 39; Manchester City winger over & # 39; individual & # 39; Liverpool star who & # 39; has the sole purpose of scoring goals & # 39;
- Samir Nasri named Riyad Mahrez as the best current Arab player in the world
- The former Manchester City widow chose Current Citizen Mahrez as he is Algerian
- Nasri said that Mahrez would be a better teammate than Liverpool's Mohamed Salah
- Mahrez, Salah and Sadio Mane are named African player of the year
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- Doctors in Man City were not sure what for medication Riyad Mahrez had taken
- Instead of risking a drug problem, Mahrez was outside the Community Shield contest
- City entered the contest against Liverpool without winning him on penalties
The winger of Anderlecht claimed that the star of Egypt depends on Salah & # 39; goals and stats & # 39;
Liverpool striker striker ] Mohamed Salah & # 39; only strives to score goals & # 39; and cannot offer the opportunities that co-player of the African player of the year Riyad Mahrez offers to his teammates in Manchester City claims Samir Nasri.
Direct name Mahrez as the best current Arab player in the world, former city fielder Nasri admitted that he had reached his judgment & # 39; because (Mahrez) is Algerian and I like his playing style. & # 39;
Nasri, who was born to French parents of Algerian descent, explained to Al Kass : & I'd rather evolve with Mahrez.
& Mahara is a collective player, while Salah is much more an individual player. He only strives to score goals.
& # 39; I will not say that Salah is selfish, but he is behind goals and statistics. Mahrez, meanwhile – you can play one-two with him. He is a player with whom you can easily evolve. & # 39;
Salah has an incredible scoreboard and became the highest scorer in a 38-game Premier League season to win the division's golden boot with 32 goals in 2017- Season 18.
| Premier League: 9 goals, 4 assists
Champions League: 4 goals, 2 assists
The Egyptian striker shared the prize last season, corresponding to the 22 goals of Arsenal & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane, who forms the trio on the shortlist of the African player of the year.
Mane and Salah confronted each other in the visiting dressing room at Burnley on August 31 after the Senegal attacker seemed angry at Salah & # 39; s selfishness by not correcting him to pass him for purpose.
Mahrez helped Africa win the Africa Cup of Nations in July, which contributed to a remarkable final desire for free kick that sealed their 2-1 semi-final win over Nigeria.
That was one of the three goals he scored during the tournament, although he didn't add any assists.
Salah has scored 23 goals in 101 games for Liverpool in the Premier League, while Mahrez supplier has made 35 teams in 180 games for City and former club Leicester.
The assassin of the Reds is aiming for a third consecutive triumph of the African player of the year when the winner is announced on January 7.
It was here at the Etihad in February 2016 that one of the most important matches of the decade took place. Leicester came here that day, played Manchester City from the park and won 3-1. It was the day when the mist of illusion surrounding the title challenge of Leicester faded away and the sharp focus of their intention became visible. It was the moment when their miracle became a possibility.
So memories of that day were inevitable. But no matter how good Leicester was, great though they have been throughout the season, stirring up nostalgia, it was the sight of Riyad Mahrez who again danced defensively at will.
Ben Chilwell and Wilfred Ndidi, their direct opponents, actually played well. Chilwell kept to his duties regardless of how often he was misled and persisted in his death despite the extent of the task. Ndidi was everywhere: cleaning up here, playing in Jamie Vardy there. He followed and closed By Bruyne with tenacity. But if the Belgian is in this zone, not much can be done.
The town of Pep Guardiola looked again. They had an identity crisis during this season. And there were also hints for this. Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi play against a hungry, skinny and shaped Jamie Vardy was an overly graceful invitation. The vulnerability of Guardiola to major counterattacks is well documented. And Leicester, although a different model than the title winning side, is still one of the best when they should be.
In the end, City were too many. Van Bruyne was the man who made sure that, even if Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive goal. He grabbed the ball in 70 minutes, drove to Leicester and cut directly to Caglar Soyuncu from the inside. He drilled the ball over the goal and the Brazilian stretched out to connect for 3-1.
Until that time, despite the dominant position of City, this was a game in the balance. That was the measure of Leicester's performance. They came here again to have the title references investigated or, perhaps, more realistic, their Champions League potential. And we can report that, although they did not come up unscathed, they did leave intact. Leicester is a great team. They just met a better one here.
Despite the three assigned goals, they maintain the best joint defensive record in the Premier League. Amid all the focus on their creativity, Brendan Rodgers has quietly turned out to be a balanced team, strong in all departments. This is a coach's way of being caricature as gung-ho and naive in Liverpool.
Although City was in the opening fairs, often following Leicester's lines of defense, enchanting and bewildering, Rodger's team found a way to keep them out. So when By Bruyne played through goal in Raheem Sterling ten minutes ago, Jonny Evans found a way to come back, recover, and kick the ball away from him. When Mahrez cut and shot hard within 13 minutes, Soyuncu blocked him.
They needed the post to help them in 14 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne's curly shot returned from the woodwork. But when Mahrez flew past Chilwell in 16 minutes, Ndidi was back to force him wide and Kasper Schmeichel was there to save.
Nowadays, Leicester is more likely to dominate property. But when needs need, they can return to their 2016 alter ego. And here they had to be in that mode.
There was a clue when Youri Tielemens quickly saw in 19 minutes that Jamie Vardy sprinted past Nicolas Otamendi as if he were a static rehearsal manikin, but his crotch was just short of Ashley Barnes. But within 20 minutes they made their move perfectly. Chilwell, calmly under pressure, was thrown away to Barnes, who knew exactly where Vardy was running. He has put the ball into that area. If possible, running past Fernandinho was easier than taking on Otamendi. Vardy flew past him as if he wasn't even there. It seemed he might have run over, but he had a plan to lift the ball over Ederson as he approached. Unlike Manchester United, City responded quickly or accidentally. Mahrez cut insider Chilwell again at 31 minutes, unleashed a shot that deflected from Soyuncu and inside. City is this mode its hard to resist, but Leicester did their best level up to 42 minutes, when Sterling Ricardo put Pereira into a trap and attacked him in the penalty area. Ilkay Gundogan confidently swept the penalty to the left of Schmeichel, although the Dane almost held his fingertips.
This was City as good as they have been in this mixed season. Leicester nevertheless remained. And when the opportunity presented itself, they hit the early ball and exposed their opponents, Vardy after 60 minutes past Benjamin Mendy and an excellent pass. Barnes ran inside as always, got a touch but stretched so much that he sent it wide. Yet the warning was there. It would be his last act of the game, the excitement of reaching for the ball that made him limp.
And when Manchester City came, as you knew, there was Schmeichel, diving at Van Bruyne's feet at 59 minutes, 66 minutes parrying from Mahrez. They wouldn't stand it.
On this occasion they withdraw from the injured Etihad, but not irreparably. They look like a side to endure the season, while Manchester City looks like Manchester City again.
win MANCHESTER CITY
Ederson – 7
City dominated but their goalkeeper remained alert at crucial moments to maintain this result.
Kyle Walker – 7
A real thoroughbred display, the kind that fed the crowd of the city. Use of the ball was largely sensitive.
Fernandinho – 6
Done for the pace while Jamie Vardy squeezed around him for the first goal. Exposed over the top
Nicolas Otamendi – 7
Bar a few slips, don't tolerate the same difficulties as Fernandinho. Positive performance.
Benjamin Mendy – 8
Strongest performance of the season. Mendy was more careful in possession and a constant threat.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7.5
The midfield of Pivoted City excellently and gave them more energy than Rodri would have done. ]
Bernardo Silva – 8
Persistent in an unknown central berth.
Riyad Mahrez – 8.5
Not playable for much of this. The main exit on the right side of the city and led Ben Chilwell to cheerful dance.
Kevin De Bruyne – 9
Another stormy view of who thrives on the responsibility of driving his team on
Raheem Sterling – 7.5
At his most dangerous when he drove in his pockets, but had to aim more often.
] Gabriel Jesus – 7.5
Prepared to run all night and to cause Leicester a headache. He earned his goal.
Manager: Pep Guardiola – 8
Kasper Schmeichel – 7 ]
Leicester stayed afloat during a first half that City may have scored more than twice.
Ricardo Pereira – 5
The punishment was both uncharacteristically awkward and unnecessary.
Jonny Evans – 7
Stoically defending on a number of occasions and speeding offenders from the city as clear.
] Caglar Soyuncu – 6.5
Fixed alongside Evans. Booked early, meaning the defender then had to control his instinct.
Ben Chilwell – 5.5
All at sea against the imperious Mahrez but did not get enough support.
Wilfried Ndidi – 6
Just had too much on his plate and couldn't handle it. The game went too fast in that area.
Ayoze Perez – 5
Was not encouraged and got pleasure from Mendy. Leicester needed more running.
Youri Tielemans – 5
Anonymous in Midfield, the city became more inventive with the space they occupied.
] James Maddison – 6.5
Moments of true quality. Leicester barely held the ball, so Maddison & # 39; s contributions were only fleeting.
Harvey Barnes – 6
Sharp pass for the opener, played behind Fernandinho, although defensively struggled.
Jamie Vardy – 7
The in-form striker of England was always a shoo-in to score and he occupied both middle halves.
Manager: Brendan Rodgers – 6
This is the reason Liverpool must continue to win, must remain relentlessly consistent, cannot afford to to relax, take a weekend off. Manchester City . Stop even for a few games, and restart the race. The city may lack the consistency of last season, but this remains a formidable football team.
They were comfortable here, on the type of land on the type of night that is said to make champions. Can they do it on Burnley on a Tuesday in December? The answer was a resounding yes. There was confusion before the game, a somewhat delayed arrival in Turf Moor and then a power outage in the visitors' dressing room, but nothing affected them when the introduction was over.
This was City in its most authoritative way, in charge of the game, determining the time, and assured of three points as soon as Gabriel Jesus had scored his second of the night after 50 minutes.
It was a nice turn of the Brazilian who was forced to injure Sergio Aguero, two perfectly taken goals the difference between the teams – before Rodri added a thirst after 68 minutes to start the steady stream of early leavers disappearing into the chilly night.
Hardly had the second half started when Burnley was out of the match. Sean Dyche will have told his players to keep it tight and see if they can roll an equalizer on the counter, but there was no answer to the finish of Jesus.
It was a nice cross from Bernardo Silva who made the goal, but Jesus met it up close on the volley, his run took him away from his markers, the conclusion reminiscent of an iconic goal scorer, such as Gerd Muller.
This was his 11th consecutive goal scored away from home in all competitions, so no one could accuse him of looking for the easy life.
Subs Subs: Lowton, Barnes, Brady, Gibson, Rodriguez, Hart, Vydra. , Jose Angelino, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling.
Subs Subs: Bravo, Stones, Mendy, Mahrez, John Cancelo, Foden, Garcia.
The third was also a cracker. A small episode of pinball machine around Burnley's penalty area ended with a shot from David Silva.
It came from Rodri, who brought it back for the first time from a good 20 meters with force that would cause the ball to burst in a cartoon of Roy of the Rovers. Liverpool is still very well in pole position. But this was the kind of display where Jurgen Klopp would check the rear view memory.
Those who believe that Manchester City is not quite the power of last season can here mention the 36th minute as proof of decline. That was how long it took to give the side of Pep Guardiola away.
The meaning? Well, Guardiola has determined that sets are the area where Burnley is the most dangerous. He is particularly concerned about them from corners. So much so that in this competition last season a huge amount of City preparation was about how to avoid corners. And it worked. Burnley didn't get a corner all the way, City won and went on to collect the title. If they had come here, it would have gone to Liverpool.
There is no reason to believe that the philosophy would have changed last night, but this time City couldn't sustain it. 36 minutes into the match, Dwight McNeil hit the ball hard, and Kyle Walker had no choice but to take a look at the ball. A corner Gasp. Not that it became too much. A foul on goalkeeper Ederson and order was quickly restored, but still. This was the city that lived dangerously on an area that Guardiola likes as much as a nice trip to the dentist.
At least you get an explosion of laughing gas there. Turf Moor, on the other hand, is a humorless grind for visitors who interact with a group of players who are expertly brought together by Sean Dyche and play on their strengths. In the given circumstances, City did well, checked the game and early exchanges and earned it halfway through the break.
It was also a nice goal – Gabriel Jesus' tenth consecutive strike to be scored away from home. It all started with a fierce break from Kevin De Bruyne, as always in the heart of all that was good about City, driving onto the field with Aaron Lennon in pursuit.
Van Bruyne showed just a little too much of the ball and in Jack Cork cam, hard but fair, caught the midfielder of Manchester City, but did not obstruct the movement. It went on, Rodrigo, David Sliva, Raheem Sterling all involved, still struck down by Bruyne and attracted a lot of derision from the locals.
The ball finally found its way to Jesus, slightly wide to the left but intently cutting inside. He curled a nice shot over Nick Pope in the Burnley goal. It seemed to be wide, but fell like an obedient sheepdog, nestled in the far corner of the net.
Van Bruyne remained lying when a city was celebrated, the players closest to them. He got up cautiously and went on. Painful in the morning, without a doubt, but it was worth it. He is a very brave player.
And this was a first half brave from City, where the game was brought to Burnley, matched their physical character, pushed them back, always looking for the way through.
Sterling almost liked it too, Bernardo Silva. Van Bruyne hit a nice cross from the right that converted Sterling almost up close, frustrated by the legs of the giant pope. chance of goals.
McNeil passed Lennon just before half-time, but his shot hit a Burnley player on his way to the goal. The ball flew away and City was gone, Sterling picked Bernardo Silva out of whose shot was rescued by Pope & # 39; s legs.
City also had the ball in the early net, but this time VAR did not have to rule. It was a corner of From Bruyne, well kept clear of the area and the defenders of Burnley met on the volley by Rodrigo from 25 meters. It was a good shot, but just marginal of course, fun in the net through a movie of Jesus.
The flag was lifted the moment he touched it, and there also seemed to be no doubt in the spirit of referee Jon Moss. The right decision and no answer required.
Riyad Mahrez misses Community Shield after Manchester City doctors feared he would fail a drug test after taking unknown eye medication & # 39;
He reportedly took medication for an eye problem, but his doctors did not know exactly what he was taking.
& # 39; The doctors did not know what was in the medicine. So that's why he didn't play.
& # 39; We couldn't take a risk because the doctors didn't have the drugs or exactly what happened – and we didn't want to risk it. Hopefully it will be fine in West Ham on Saturday. & # 39;
Mahrez did not return to the Man City training course until Friday after a successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Algeria this summer.
They were 1-0 winners of Senegal in the final when they lifted the trophy last month.
Manchester City then won the Community Shield with Mahrez in a very close match that ended 1-1 completely.
Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool was just one who missed a penalty in the resulting shootout Gabriel Gabriel scored the winning kick spot.
Subs not used: Bravo, Walker, Jose Angelino, Otamendi
Goals: De Bruyne 29, Mahrez 37
Bookings: Gundogan 90
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson Palmieri, Emerson Palmier (James 59), Kante, Jorginho (Mount 74), Kovacic, Willian, Abraham (Batshuayi 74), Pulisic
Subs not used: Christensen, Pedro, Caballero, Giroud
Goals: Kante 21
Bookings: Jorginho 61
Manager: Frank Lampard
Referee: Martin Atkinson