Why signing another striker was vital for Swansea and Michu

Why signing another striker was vital for Swansea and Michu

Last season, no one expected Swansea to do well in the Premier League because they had set the bar so high with their exploits the season before. In their debut season in England’s top flight, Swansea upset the odds to not only survive relegation, but to finish 11th place in the league. Given the size of their budget and their inexperience, most if not all pundits were tipping Swansea to go straight back down. Few would have seen what was …
Striker signings - which had most impact? Benteke, RvP, Lukaku & Michu

Striker signings - which had most impact? Benteke, RvP, Lukaku & Michu

Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

Shot Placement Stats: A Look At Michu, Cisse and Suárez

I read a very interesting article by Ben Pugsley which looked at the scoring percentage and shooting efficiency of the top ten strikers in the Premier League this season. I thought I’d use the shot placement data from EPLIndex to see if it could explain a couple of points in the article, as well as digging into the improved goal scoring record of Luis Suárez whilst I was at it. In case you’ve not read any of my previous shot placement articles, a quick explanation. …
Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

Deadly Defoe at the Double | Premier League Striker Stats Comparison

On Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage, a brace for Defoe took him to four goals in a week and his tally for the season up to 9. Aside from the goals, Defoe had a relatively quiet game, making just 14 passes in the entire 90 minutes. Defoe is a player who splits opinion amongst Spurs fans – on the one hand he is a player who scores regularly, on the other his involvement is minimal if he is not scoring …
EPL Match Day 8 Heroes | Mata, Rooney, Noble, Sterling & Dzeko Stats

EPL Match Day 8 Heroes | Mata, Rooney, Noble, Sterling & Dzeko Stats

Although there are two matches left to be played on EPL Match Day 8 we thought we'd share some excellent performances of yesterday. We've picked out Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Mark Noble, Edin Dzeko, Grant Holt, Michu and John Arne Riise as the main stars of yesterday for each of the sides that won. EPLIndex picked out the real heroes and stand out performers as Juan Mata & Edin Dzeko. Taking their team from losing positions in difficult circumstances (Mata: …
Robin van Persie in Explosive Start - 50.5 mins per goal | Stats

Robin van Persie in Explosive Start - 50.5 mins per goal | Stats

Robin va Persie has made an explosive start to his career at Manchester United. After starting on the bench against Everton and not managing a shot in his cameo off of the bench he has now smashed four goals in 202 minutes averaging a goal every 50.5 minutes. If you look at the time played when starting he's averaging a goal every 45 minutes - a goal per half! His remarkable statistics began with his first start - the first …
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