Comparing the box to box mids | Ramsey, Henderson, Carrick, Ramires, Paulinho

Comparing the box to box mids | Ramsey, Henderson, Carrick, Ramires, Paulinho

In the modern day game, the box to box midfielder is a crucial part to a team.  A good box to box midfielder links the defence and the attack, push's forward to keep the play ticking but also gets back to defend then win the ball back and makes it his goal to cover every blade of grass on the pitch in each and every game.  It takes not only technical ability to take on this role but, it takes …
Statistical Analysis of Manchester United's Midfield

Statistical Analysis of Manchester United's Midfield

Manchester United have started life after Sir Alex Ferguson very poorly. They have looked a shadow of the team that claimed the title comfortably last season. Robin van Persie’s influence in the team has waned, while new signing Marouane Fellaini has failed to find his footing. Van Persie’s shooting accuracy is down to 31.8% from 46% last year and his goals per game statistics are down to 0.5 from 0.68 last year. It may be too early to write off …
The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
Is Michael Carrick Statistically Better Than Last Season?

Is Michael Carrick Statistically Better Than Last Season?

Robin van Persie might win Manchester United’s Player of The Season awards when the season ends, but only a few United fans would argue against the importance of Michael Carrick in this campaign. Whether he’s partnered with Tom Cleverley or Ryan Giggs in the middle of the park, the central midfielder has been indispensable for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side where his metronomic role balances the team. A run of great form and consistency Carrick has shown this season has made …
EPL Talking Points | Spurs-Arsenal, Kagawa, Schneiderlin & Vaz Te

EPL Talking Points | Spurs-Arsenal, Kagawa, Schneiderlin & Vaz Te

A weekly article on EPLIndex.com examining some of the statistical talking points from the Premier League fixture week. This week Karsten looks at Arsenal's high line, Carrick's passing, the promise of Schneiderlin and Vaz Te's craft.  Arsenal Pay High Price for a High Line Examining the location of Tottenham and Arsenal’s interceptions from Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane excellently illustrates the drastically different defensive approaches taken by the two sides. While Tottenham were content to sit back and absorb …