Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

Premier League Midfield Enforcers | Statistical Comparison

The holding midfielder has become a prominent role in the majority of sides in the Premier League. In our opinion the lack of a "midfield enforcer", effectively, cost Manchester United the title last season. I've heard a lot of Manchester United supporters bemoan the lack of strength (in terms of power not finesse) centrally in their midfield. What we're analysing here is the amount of tackles placed by these defensive midfielders and the amount they win to break up the …
Everton 2011/12 – The Good and the Bad | Opta Stats Analysis

Everton 2011/12 – The Good and the Bad | Opta Stats Analysis

After one of the more memorable finales in Premier League history, the 2011/12 season is now finally in the books, consigned to the archives of history. As the commotion of the closing day slowly fades, each side will begin to sift through the progress made over the past year, analysing where they advanced, and where they were lacking. Everton were once again steered into the top eight by David Moyes, after another notoriously troublesome start. Their seventh-place finish mirrored last year's …
Everton New Boys Proving Their Worth | Opta Stats

Everton New Boys Proving Their Worth | Opta Stats

Everton further fuelled the positive vibes currently permeating the club with a deserved victory over West Brom on Saturday. Goals from Leon Osman, via a huge deflection, and Victor Anichebe were enough to secure the three points and take the Toffees up to seventh in the table. It has become something of a formality for Everton to douse memories of an inept, lethargic start to a season with a sudden rampant late season surge, and yet again David Moyes seems …
Everton v Arsenal Preview Stats | Do Everton Miss Arteta?

Everton v Arsenal Preview Stats | Do Everton Miss Arteta?

Everton host Arsenal as Mikel Arteta returns to his old stomping ground. Goodison Park is becoming a fortress with Everton unbeaten in eight at home. Recent wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are testament to this; Everton kept clean sheets in all three. However, this recent run is in danger of stalling. Whilst the Merseyside derby is the only Everton blemish in 11, it is now one win in four. Wednesday’s visitors, Arsenal, are enjoying their own good run, …
Analysing Fellaini Against his Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Fellaini Against his Rivals | Opta Stats

A couple of years ago, after a series of all-action displays, David Moyes labelled Marouane Fellaini as the best midfielder in the Premier League. At the time, this controversial notion was taken with a pinch of salt, barely considered at all seriously by those in and around football. It was just viewed as being one of those emotional, radical lines, delivered too soon after the final whistle, by a manager who was obviously still raw from combat.  However it is …
Everton | The Continuing Rise of Fellaini - Opta Stats

Everton | The Continuing Rise of Fellaini - Opta Stats

In the Premier League, Everton now boast the joint second worst attack, with no player finding the net more than three times this season. With just the 26 goals scored, it is no surprise that this precarious characteristic has generated far more attention than most other elements of the Toffees' game. However, on the flip-side of their attacking deficiencies, and what has kept the Toffees afloat and competitive for large parts of this campaign has been a stubborn, uncompromising defence. After 26 games last …
Fellaini | Big Hair, Bigger Expectations

Fellaini | Big Hair, Bigger Expectations

Marouane Fellaini has a wonderful head of hair. Unfortunately for so skilled a player, the Belgian international has been known more for his over-sized afro than his play on the field.   In an international break that has seen Everton's already thin side further weakened with Joseph Yobo departing for Turkey on loan and injuries to both Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe we could all use a laugh so we invite you to enjoy these images while reviewing Fellaini's Everton …
Everton | Midfield Dissected

Everton | Midfield Dissected

Whilst Everton’s overall squad portrait depicts a roster ominously stretched in several quarters, in central midfield, David Moyes is blessed with some truly optimum Premier League talent. For countless campaigns, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leon Osman have been continually producing the goods at Goodison Park, whilst Marouane Fellaini, and Jack Rodwell seem destined to eventually reach the upper echelons of the game. With the exciting Ross Barkley set to emerge this season, centrally, Everton’s midfield looks destined to become …
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