How accurate is this list in reality?
Football statistics of course only tell part of a very long and complicated story…
But they’re interesting to look into nonetheless, especially when comparing from within our own squad.
WhoScored are a football stats website which ranks and rates players on their overall contribution to matches both offensively and defensively – scoring a footballer /10 for their individual performance.
Over the season, here’s our top 10 performers, based on performance score averages…
(All stats used are via WhoScored.)
10) Dejan Lovren – 6.92
Based on the perception of his performances this term, the Croat has done very well to make this list, even if he’s only just scraped into the top 10… Only Martin Skrtel has won more aerial duels than Lovren (3.3) per match, and the £20m signing is again only behind the Slovakian in terms of clearances (8.3), too. His 85.4% pass completion though is poor for a centre-back in a passing side.
9) Adam Lallana – 7.00
A modest return of four goals and three assists sees our 2nd most expensive ever signing come in 9th place – so far. Injuries have stunted his progression, and Lallana’s certainly shown glimpses of his undeniable ability this term, although being asked to play a variety of positions has affected his consistency.
8) Daniel Sturridge – 7.01
No first-team player has been affected by injuries like Sturridge, who notched 21 goals in the top flight last term, but only four this time around to date. It’s not for the want of trying though, with the forward averaging 3.3 shots per game – only bettered by Mario Balotelli (3.5) who is only the 19th highest rated player in the squad.
7) Mamadou Sakho – 7.08
The most boring, uneducated assumption in football is that our Frenchman is awkward on the ball, and a poor passer. His 89.5% pass completion proves it’s rubbish. He’s out for a month with a hamstring issue, so let’s hope he’s back to contribute before the end of the campaign.