Interesting season-end stats from OPTA
- Joleon tops the goals per shots table with a scoring ratio of 42.1%
- Perhaps even more surprising the Yak was second with 28.3%
- Arteta was the most fouled
- The team as a whole was 3rd most fouled with 532 only 4 behind Spurs and 3 behind B?burn.
- Arteta also figured in the chances created per game (3rd) and Crosses per game (2nd). Although it doesn?t give a completion ratio!
- Yak was 4th in goals scored per minute on pitch.
- EFC were 4th in team goals to shots. And 2nd to MU in accuracy with 46% of our shots on target.
- We hit the woodwork fewer times than any other team.
- And only Villa and B?burn used fewer than our 23 players
Steve Ashton, Posted 14/05/2008 at 13:16:39
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1 Posted 14/05/2008 at 15:43:40
2 Posted 14/05/2008 at 12:58:35
3 Posted 14/05/2008 at 12:40:31
This fantastic young man seems to be on an upward curve that must surely lead to long term international renown, and plenty more success for us blues fans.
Everything about him is superb. His physique is precisely what's required in the modern game, big, strong & fast. He is as elegant on the ball as any defender I've ever seen (or midfielder for that matter). He has scored a ridiculous amount of goals for us. And finally, something which I admire a lot, he is an absolute gentleman on the pitch and off it.
No praise is too high for this jewel of a player. Well done indeed to David Moyes for capturing such a beautiful player for us. That £5m investment is now worth, surely, £25m.
There are others in the Moyes's locker of fine young jewels, but Jolean is the man this season. Magnificent, just magnificent.
4 Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:11:08
You are not Joleon?s agent by any chance are you!?
On a serious note I wholeheartedly agree with your ringing endorsement.
I also note that Harry?s Pompey played considerably more long balls than we did last season. Surely not the same Harry advocated by some as a possible replacement for David Moyes in order to secure an improved standard of football!?
5 Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:20:56
Percentage of passes that were long
Birmingham City 20.87%
Wigan Athletic 18.45%
Derby County 18.45%
Bolton Wanderers 18.24%
Newcastle United 17.37%
Aston Villa 17.33%
West Ham United 17.19%
Blackburn Rovers 16.71%
Tottenham Hotspur 15.70%
Manchester City 15.12%
Manchester United 13.86%
6 Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:27:03
7 Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:38:41
Gotta have the quality on the pitch to do it though. When all are fit I think we do have the quality in midfield and up front, but not so comfortable enough playing it out of defence on the deck. A new RB with Baines at LB would help that a lot though. Plus a top quality centre mid.
8 Posted 15/05/2008 at 03:29:28