The Art of Creativity

The Art of Creativity

If you listen to most pundits and commentators they will tell you four Strikers are required when you are in 4 competitions; the League, FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and Champions League. However it's noticeable Manuel Pellegrini spent his entire transfer budget of £107m on Kevin DeBruyne and Raheem Sterling - creative midfielders. Man City have so far persevered with 2 recognised strikers in Aguero and Bony. Equally Wenger has persisted with Giroud and Walcott in Danny Welbeck's injury …
The Creative Formula: Silva, Coutinho, Mata, Hazard, Eriksen

The Creative Formula: Silva, Coutinho, Mata, Hazard, Eriksen

The strikers grab the headlines, but coming more and more into footballing trends are the species of creative midfielders. It's these tricky terrors that have took the Premier League by storm, and are making the English game exciting and aggressive in many ways. Coutinho Current League leaders Liverpool have had an astonishing season, and their new counter-attacking method is ripping teams apart. Even when sometimes they need to work their way through the back walls of defences, there is one skilful …
Tottenham Hotspur | The Season So Far: Stats Analysis

Tottenham Hotspur | The Season So Far: Stats Analysis

The last time EPL Index analysed Spurs' 'The Season So Far', the North London side went into the international break following a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Sam Allardyce's West Ham United side. The last defeat before the West Ham United game, was again, before the international break, losing to their biggest rivals Arsenal, 1-0. Another note on their three losses are that they had a Europa League game on the Thursday night, and a game in the Premier …
Stats: Most Creative Players in 2012-13 Premier League | Chances, Assists & Clear-Cut Chances

Stats: Most Creative Players in 2012-13 Premier League | Chances, Assists & Clear-Cut Chances

There's only one week left for this Premier League season and we wanted to share some statistics using our Stats Centre to show you which players have been the most creative this season. Below you'll see graphics from our stats centre to show which players are topping the creativity charts for chances created, clear-cut chances created, goal assists and second assists. Chances Created / Key Passes Everton's Leighton Baines has been at the top of this list since the start …
Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

This season’s two top scorers, Robin van Persie (18) and Luis Suárez (16), have been central to Manchester United and Liverpool teams who have had varying levels of success. Two very different players stylistically, the pair have established themselves as the Premier League’s striking elite. Van Persie’s game is a clinical one, and with the ability to score goals of every description from almost anywhere on the pitch, the Dutchman has carried on for United where he left off with …
Creativity Stats | Premier League's Top Clear Cut Chance Creators

Creativity Stats | Premier League's Top Clear Cut Chance Creators

So what is a clear cut chance? [quote]A situation where a player should reasonably be expected to score usually in a one-on-one scenario or from very close range.[/quote] I'd like to call them "sitters" because it's an easier way of describing it to the football fan out there. A free header, a one-on-one, a penalty - basically any free shot on goal for a player who is un-marked and only has the keeper to beat. We will also be looking …
Adebayor - Offering More than Just Goals

Adebayor - Offering More than Just Goals

The one thing that Tottenham had been crying out for since selling Dimitar Berbatov was a top class striker - someone who could hold the ball up, bring others into play and most importantly put the ball in the back of the net. Signing Adebayor seemed to tick all of the boxes - a player with pace and power and someone who constantly found the net at White Hart Lane for his previous employers…. Just recently I have heard a …
Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

Dynamic Duo Spearhead Spurs | Stats

In my previous article I looked at how Adebayor offered more to the team than just goals. His movement, hold up play and creativity have all been excellent and a major factor in Tottenham’s rise to the top 3 of the Premier League. Against Newcastle on Saturday evening, Adebayor was once again back to his best. With a new strike partner to play alongside, Adebayor seemed to be keen to impress. He linked up wonderfully with Saha and it was …
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