Six stars of stats you didn’t know about

Will Rickson

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Premier League stars shining in the lesser known stats categories

Last Updated: 27/02/20 10:57am

Mason Greenwood has been a super sub for Manchester United this season

Mason Greenwood has been a super sub for Manchester United this season

Mason Greenwood has been a super sub for Manchester United this season

In what metric does Mason Greenwood outstrip other subs? Who covers most ground per touch? And what stat shows Jordan Henderson’s influence at Liverpool? We pick out some of the less-explored stats in the Premier League this season…

Impact subs

A youngster making an impact in the Premier League this season is Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood – the 18-year-old has had more shots when coming on as substitute than any other player. Greenwood’s 15 shots have come in 18 sub appearances and have yielded three goals – the joint-most by any sub this season, alongside Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson. Mention should also go to Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who has only featured for 140 minutes as substitute this season but has still mustered 13 shots, once every 11 minutes on average, with an xG of 2.26.

Most shots as sub

Player Club Shots as sub Mins per shot
Mason Greenwood Man Utd 15 21.7
Lys Mousset Sheff Utd 14 23.3
Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 13 10.8
Gabriel Jesus Man City 13 16.2
Jay Rodriguez Burnley 13 26.2
Jamie Vardy's work rate is relentless

Jamie Vardy's work rate is relentless

Jamie Vardy’s work rate is relentless

Off-the-ball runners

Jamie Vardy celebrated his 33rd birthday last month but his work-rate in Leicester’s attack shows no sign of declining. In fact, Vardy covers more distance per touch than any other Premier League player this season, covering almost 42 metres on average before seeing the ball. All five leading players in this category are strikers, but among them only Vardy plays for a club who average over 50 per cent possession, making his record all the more remarkable. At the other end of the Premier League scale, Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk covers the lowest distance between his every touch of the ball – once every 9.1 metres on average.

Most metres covered per touch (min 200 touches)

Player Team Touches Metres per touch
Jamie Vardy Leicester 544 419m
Teemu Pukki Norwich 706 370m
Callum Wilson Bournemouth 694 354m
Chris Wood Burnley 616 353m
Callum Robinson Sheff Utd 248 345m
Jordan Henderson will be missed in midfield by Liverpool

Jordan Henderson will be missed in midfield by Liverpool

Jordan Henderson will be missed in midfield by Liverpool

Henderson’s growing influence missed

The recent hamstring injury suffered by Jordan Henderson could hardly have come at a worse time for the Liverpool captain as his influence has steadily grown as the season has progressed. Henderson has directly contributed to five goals (two goals, three assists) in seven Premier League appearances since the start of 2020 compared to only three goal involvements in 18 games before the New Year. But there has also been a significant increase in his time on the ball – his average of 76 successful passes per 90 minutes is up 34 per cent since January 1, the highest increase of its type across all Premier League midfielders.

Midfielders with highest % increase in successful passes (min 500 minutes in 2019 & 2020)

Player Club Passes per 90 in 2020 % increase from 2019
Jordan Henderson Liverpool 76 +34%
Dwight McNeil Burnley 24 +32%
Kevin De Bruyne Man City 61 +32%
Rodri Man City 102 +30%
Ryan Fraser Bournemouth 32 +24%
Allan-Saint Maximin has been a real threat for Newcastle

Allan-Saint Maximin has been a real threat for Newcastle

Allan-Saint Maximin has been a real threat for Newcastle

Something from nothing

Newcastle have comfortably the lowest average possession in the Premier League this season (35 per cent – Burnley are next lowest on 40 per cent) so summer signing Allan Saint-Maximin has impressed by creating chances despite seeing relatively little of the ball. The Frenchman has created a shooting chance for a team-mate once every 11.1 passes this season – by some distance ahead of the next three players in that metric who all happen to play for Aston Villa. Saint-Maximin only has one assist so far to show for his efforts, but he has undoubtedly been a positive note in Newcastle’s mixed season.

Fewest passes per chance created (min 200 passes)

Player Club Chances created Passes per chance created
Allan Saint-Maximin Newcastle 21 11.1
Anwar El Ghazi Aston Villa 27 14.4
Trezeguet Aston Villa 18 14.6
Jack Grealish Aston Villa 69 14.7
Callum Wilson Bournemouth 25 15
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has pulled off some fine saves

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has pulled off some fine saves

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has pulled off some fine saves

Expect saves

While Saint-Maximin has provided a spark at one end, Newcastle have relied heavily on Martin Dubravka at the other end this season. The Slovakian goalkeeper has prevented 7.55 goals compared to the xG of the shots he has faced, leaving Newcastle on 41 goals conceded – only two sides in the bottom half have conceded fewer. Without Dubravka’s interventions it is fair to say Newcastle’s situation in the Premier League table would be far more perilous. In two of the past three seasons, Hugo Lloris (2016-17) and David De Gea (2017-18) have been the leading goalkeeper in this metric, which would put Dubravka in distinguished company should he continue his form until the end of the campaign.

Goalkeepers with highest xG prevented

Player Club xG faced Goals conceded xG prevented
Martin Dubravka Newcastle 48.55 41 7.55
Dean Henderson Sheff Utd 28.43 22 6.43
Vicente Guaita Crystal Palace 33.72 28 5.72
Kasper Schmeichel Leicester 32.22 27 5.22
Hugo Lloris Tottenham 17.36 13 4.36
Dwight McNeil has been ever-present for Burnley this season

Dwight McNeil has been ever-present for Burnley this season

Dwight McNeil has been ever-present for Burnley this season

Faith in youth

Dwight McNeil had only made 19 Premier League starts before this season but has been ever-present in Burnley’s midfield in 2019-20, starting all 27 games. Should he continue to feature in Sean Dyche’s starting line-up for the final 11 matches, McNeil will become the youngest Premier League player since Wayne Routledge for Crystal Palace in 2004-05 to start all of his team’s games in a season. Only five different players in Premier League history have completed a full set of starts when aged 20 or younger at the end of the season, with three of those doing so in the 1990s before McNeil was even born.

Youngest players to start every game this season

Player Team Games started Age on final day
Dwight McNeil Burnley 27 20y 177d
Declan Rice West Ham 27 21y 124d
James Ward-Prowse Southampton 27 25y 198d
Jack O’Connell Sheff Utd 27 26y 49d
Jordan Pickford Everton 27 26y 71d

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