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    The Real Heroes and Villains of the Premier League- Part 1 of a Statistics Special

    There has been a lot of talk about Jamie Vardy's record breaking goalscoring run, combined with the impressive form of Riyad Mahrez, whilst Mesut Ozil seems to assist a goal nearly every game, as Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney form a blistering strike partnership. Yet who are really the heroes behind these performances and who has not been performing to their best ability? Chris Lincoln takes a deeper look at the Premier League statistics so far this season.


    Mesut Ozil is head and shoulders above the rest of the league when it comes to assists and it is no surprise to see he leads the way with key passes at an average of 4.4 per game. West Ham's Dimitri Payet (3.7) and Kevin De Bruyne (3.6) have also been instrumental in creating chances for West Ham and Manchester City respectively. Arsenal are known for their passing game and Francis Coquelin leads the way with successful passes at 91.5%. Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung also reaches his target with 91.1% of passes, whilst Stoke City's Ibrahim Afellay shows the talent he built at Barcelona with the same percentage.

    Liverpool lead the way with the most tackles per game at 23.2 per match and defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva leads the individual charts with 4.7. He is head and shoulders above second and third placed N'golo Kante (4.0) and Idrissa Gueye (3.8), although the Leicester and Aston Villa midfielders lead the Premier League charts for interceptions, with 4.0 and 3.9 respectively. Crystal Palace's Scott Dann, West Ham's James Collins and Swansea's Ashley Williams have been the defenders to put their bodies on the line with an average of 1.4 blocks per game each. Norwich City might be near the bottom of the table for the number of tackles per game, but defenders Ryan Bennett (8.5) and Sebastian Bassong (8.4) lead the way for clearances, along with Sunderland's Younes Kaboul (8.5).


    Perhaps surprisingly, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been the player dribbled past the most this season, at an average of 2.3 times per game. West Ham's Mark Noble (2.1) and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (2.1) have also been beaten too easily. When possession has been regained, Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede (58.3%) and West Ham's Diafra Sakho (57.8%) have the worst passing percentage of any outfield player. Sakho also features towards the top of the number of unsuccessful touches list with an average of 3.3 per game, just ahead of Chelsea's Diego Costa (3.0) and narrowly behind Aston Villa's new signing Jordan Ayew and Southampton's Manchester United target Sadio Mane, both miscontrolling 3.4 times per game. Despite United leading the possession charts so far this season, two of their players feature in the top four of players to be dispossessed whilst dribbling. Anthony Martial (3.1) and Memphis Depay (2.8) form the bread of a sandwich that surprisingly includes Alexis Sanchez (3.1) of Arsenal and Sergio Aguero (2.8).

    Keep your eyes peeled for the next Statistics Special as we break down the offensive and defensive tactics of the Premier League 20.
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