Tuesday found us breaking ties on our “Most Impactful Premier League Summer Buys” rankings by digging through some advanced statistics sites.
In doing so, something struck us: We rarely if ever check out which players are faring the worst when it comes to those next level numbers.
Ah, the international break: Good for off-the-wall posts.
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At the risk of kicking a player while he’s down, here are some negative numbers that stand out from the pack.
Of the 358 players who’ve played at least 10 Premier League matches, Joe Hart is having the worst season of the bunch according to Squawka. That’s a bit misleading due to how the site’s metrics operate, considering eight of the bottom 20 players are goalkeepers (and several, like Jonas Lossl and Jordan Pickford, are having outstanding campaigns).
So the unfortunate honor goes to Swansea defender Martin Olsson, who edges James McClean of West Brom for the infamy. Since the site does heap numbers on players by action accumulated, perhaps it’s better to single out the per-game and per-90 strugglers. Olsson and McClean are still very much near the bottom, but surprisingly Yannick Bolasie is the worst per game, and Swansea’s Wayne Routledge is having the least effective season per 90 minutes.
These stats aren’t perfect, of course, and I like the idea of having McClean on my squad. But there are some other odds stats in the pack.
— These players might want to pass their next opportunity to the keeper. Of players with 10 or more shot attempts this season, Adam Lallana (11), Renato Sanches (12), Lewis Cook (14), and Dale Stephens (15) have failed to put a single shot on target.
— Of the 81 players who’ve tried their luck 30 times or more, these are the worst accuracy rates
- Richarlison, 31 percent on 80 shots
- Dele Alli, 29 percent on 60 shots
- Wilfred Ndidi, 20 percent on 38 shots
- Davy Propper, 20 percent on 35 shots
— Defensive errors also can be increased significantly by the times a player is put under pressure by his team, which is why goalkeepers are high on Squawka’s list. Take them out, and you get a list with Spurs’ Eric Dier up top. Two of his six errors have led to goals against Tottenham, with Zanka (Huddersfield Town), Alfie Mawson (Swans), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), and Shane Duffy (Brighton) next with four errors.