Premier League Top Players So Far | Goal Scorers, Chance Creators, Assists, Possession Wins

Premier League Top Players So Far | Goal Scorers, Chance Creators, Assists, Possession Wins

Top Players So Far

Welcome to our monthly edition of the Premier League’s Top Players. With only 8 games left for the majority of the sides it’s a good time to look at where players are and see what players could achieve. As always you can use the buttons at the bottom of the page to navigate or use the Quick Navigation links to navigate between page.

Top Scorers

In last month’s Top Player article the same five players were in the Top 5 but Robin van Persie was top of the list and he’d scored 19 goals. The article was written on February 13th van Persie has not scored a Premier League goal since then for Manchester United. In the same time Gareth Bale has hit three for Spurs and Luis Suarez has hit five for Liverpool to lead the table. Michu is in a similar scoring drought to van Persie as he also sits on fifteen goals since the last time we wrote this article.

Surely the player of the year is decided on a consistent run of form and both van Persie and Bale have had dips with van Persie’s being recent and Bale starting slow. From our point of view Luis Suarez is a contender along with Juan Mata for all round consistent play throughout this season (not from a top scorer point of view but more on this later)

 

Top Goal Scorers 2012-13

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Most Creative Players

There’s some changes in the Top 5 Creators table since our last article on this. Although Leighton Baines remains at the top his gap has been significantly reduced. On February 13th (the day the previous article was written) he was twenty-three clear of David Silva. David Silva is now only seven behind him which is astonishing. Since the February 13th David Silva has created 21 chances for Manchester City. Compared to the other players – Baines has created just 5, Suarez 9, Gerrard 6 and Cazorla has over taken Taarabt who was on 63 so Santi has created 11 chances in that time.

David Silva’s recent run of creative form has been impressive and if he continues to do this he will surpass Leighton Baines as the most creative player in the League – a position which Baines has occupied for the majority of the season.

Top Creators 2012-13

Most Assists

Juan Mata now has the most goal assists in the Premier League. He also sits in sixth place just behind Cazorla as the most creative player in the League. Chelsea have a game in hand so you’d expect Mata to break into the Top 5. To become the most creative player he’d have to imitate the form of his compatriot David Silva in the last quarter of the season. Even though Juan Mata doesn’t come in the Top 5 creators he’s been consistent for Chelsea. He’s always creating and constantly scoring goals for them too. He’s Chelsea’s 2nd highest scorer this season after Lampard and has chipped in all season.

This is one of the reasons why we’d place Juan Mata as one of the contenders for Player of the Season – we feel players that play well consistently over the season should be in contention and not players that have dips in form or come good at the start or towards the end of the season.

Total Goal Assists 2012-13

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Most Accurate Passers

Mikel Arteta dominates this area – he’s edging Ki as the most accurate passer in the league for players that have attempted more than 1000 passes this season. Dembele, Mertesacker and Britton also make the Top 5 here.
Most Accurate Passers 2012-13

Santi Cazorla has been at the top of this list for the majority of the season, if not the whole season. He’s well clear of David Silva and has attempted 923 passes in the final third this season. His completion rate is also the best of the Top 5 Final Third passers – 82.67%.

Final Third Passes 2012-13

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Most Possession Wins

The last time we looked at Possession Wins it was Mark Noble and Joe Allen that were battling it out at the top. Since then Joe Allen hasn’t featured much for Liverpool through poor form (reportedly due to a niggling shoulder injury since October) and Steven N’Zonzi has come from no-where to be leading this table. In his last five games N’Zonzi has won possession back 45 times averaging nine per game. No wonder he’s at the top.

Mark Noble has been consistently at the top of this table and you’d expect Mulumbu and Carrick to be there. Schneiderlin has been one of the under-rate players of the season so far – he’s been exceptional for Southampton.

Out of the Top 5 it is Mulumbu that is winning possession of the ball most often – every 10.2 minutes at this moment in time.

Most Possession Wins 2012-13

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