The sample size remains relatively small, but the Premier League season is closing in on its quarter-point and we’re able to get a decent perspective on whose hot starts are becoming solid seasons.
The international break is a good time to analyze the early season numbers, so let’s run through WhoScored.com and a number of other sites to see who’s shining in England (and Wales, though we don’t expect to see a lot of Bluebirds).
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Let’s start with team stuff. Obviously, Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool all boast league-best 6W-2D records, while Newcastle and Cardiff are league-worst 2D-6L.
City has scored the most goals (21), while its tied with Liverpool for fewest allowed in league play (3). Huddersfield Town and Cardiff (4) have scored the fewest, and Fulham has allowed the most (21).
City also has the most possession (65.3 percent), shots per game (21.8), and pass accuracy (89.9 percent). Worst possessors? Newcastle. Worst passers? Cardiff. Fewest shots? Newcastle.
Now, the fun stuff. Let’s praise individuals in a sport with 22 players on the field most of the time.
It will come as no surprise that this season is all about Eden.
Goals: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (7)
Assists: Six players have four, with Benjamin Mendy of Man City doing it in the fewest amount of minutes (450).
Man of the Match awards: Hazard (5)
Key passes per game: David Silva, Man City (3.7)
Dribbles per game: Hazard (2.8)
Times fouled per game: James Maddison, Leicester City (3)
Average passes per game: Jorginho, Chelsea (106.6)
Crosses per game: Kieran Trippier, Spurs (2.6)
Tackles per game: Idrissa Gueye, Everton (5.3)
Interceptions per game: Etienne Capoue, Watford (3.4)
Clearances per game: Steve Cook, Bournemouth (7.9)
Blocks per game: James Tarkowski, Burnley (2)
Yellow cards: Jose Holebas, Watford (5)
Red cards: Wes Morgan, Leicester City (2)