Notable stat leaders from the early Premier League season

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It’s early, yes, but there have been enough matches played that many of the Premier League’s usual statistical standouts have passed the small sample size point to lead the top-flight in traditional categories.

Yet, of course, in a season with Leicester City atop the table and Southampton not too far off the pace, there are some surprises, too.

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As the PL takes a two-week breather for international matches, let’s check out the current league leaders in a number of categories (via SofaScore, WhoScored, and premierleague.com).


Premier League individual leaders, 2020-21

Goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Heung-min Son (Spurs), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) — 8

Shots: Harry Kane (Spurs) — 29

Shots on target: Kane and Salah — 15

Big chances created: Kane — 8

Assists: Kane — 8

Key passes: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) and Salah — 21

Successful dribbles: Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) — 28

Total passes: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Spurs) — 659

Accurate final third passes: Tom Cairney (Fulham) — 161

Passing % (min. 200 completed): Mohamed Elneny, (Arsenal) — 94.02%

Accurate long pass % (non-keepers): Conor Coady (Wolves) — 57

Accurate crosses: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) — 20

Tackles: Allan (Everton) — 32

Clearances: Federico Fernandez (Newcastle) — 44

Blocked shots: Fernandez — 14

Interceptions: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) — 24

Clean sheets: Emiliano Martinez (Villa), Rui Patricio (Wolves), Alex McCarthy (Saints) — 4

Saves: Karl Darlow (Newcastle) — 39

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has a shot saved by Newcastle’s Karl Darlow (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Premier League team leaders, 2020-21

Shots per game: Liverpool — 16.6

Goals per game: Aston Villa — 2.57

Goals from open play: Tottenham — 14

Possession: Man City — 59%

Passing: Man City — 87.6%

Most shots conceded per game: Newcastle — 16.5

Fewest shots conceded per game: Brighton — 7.1

Tackles per game: Leeds — 21

Interceptions per game: Wolves — 12.4