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 there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Is there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Michael Carrick has been rightfully praised for his performances this season and was a major cog in the Manchester United team that won the Premier League title.  Carrick was easily the best midfielder at United and was voted into the PFA team of the year.  Many people make the case that, Michael Carrick was the most important piece in the United puzzle that won them the title.   Teams that want this type of player should look into Wigan's James …
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 …
Top Passers, Creators, Tacklers & Scorers in the Premier League So Far

Top Passers, Creators, Tacklers & Scorers in the Premier League So Far

With twenty-three matches played by all twenty clubs we thought we'd check our Stats Centre's Top Stats area and share some of the stats from it. We usually give Top Scorers lists but these can be found anywhere - instead today the first image below will show you the best mins per goal value for players that have played at least 450 minutes in the Premier League. No surprises that Javier Hernandez is top of the list, impressively, averaging a …
Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

If you asked James Bond to collect your Aston Martin from the dealership you’d back him to get it to you safely. I mean, he’s used to fighting terrorists, flying planes, and parachuting out of moving jets. The challenge of a sprightly sports car shouldn’t pose him too many problems. On the other hand, if your eighty-year-old grandmother was tasked with the same pickup, it's fair to say you’d be a little nervous. You’d trust Bond because he’s playing within …
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