Who are Chelsea’s three most productive attacking midfielders? The stats

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Jose Mourinho has a luxury of talent at his disposal. But who deserves to be a first team regular?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho must have an enormous headache each week when it comes to justifying his decision as Chelsea’s three attacking midfielders.

Each bring different qualities to the side, and whilst the competition helps keep a squad focused during a 50 game plus season it can also have a detrimental effect when leaving out quality players for the big matches such as Monday night’s clash against league leaders Arsenal.

The players in question include Willian, Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle. Here is what the stats say:

Shots per game:

Oscar: 2.1

Hazard: 1.9

Schurrle: 1.7

Willian: 1.3

Mata: 0.9


Hazard: 6

Oscar: 5

Schurrle: 3

Willian: 1

Mata: 0


Hazard: 4

Mata: 2

Willian: 0

Oscar: 0

Schurrle: 0

Average passes per game plus pass success rate:

Hazard: 44.7 passes – success rate 84.5%

Mata 44.2 passes – success rate 87.7%

Oscar 39.6 passes – success rate 83.2%

Willian 34.1 passes – success rate 88.7%

Schurrle 17.3 passes – success rate 88.4%


The Chelsea boss has criticized the lack of goals. If it’s goals he’s after, Oscar and Hazard have to be the outstanding choices.

As for the 3rd choice, Willian has a solid pass success rate, but with only one goal to his name and his lack of both shots and assists he comes across as no more than a possession keeper.

Schurrle on the other hand is far more direct, less passing but more chances created. Statistically he’d be the better choice for a counter attacking side.

Given the criticism Jose Mourinho has received following the exclusion of Juan Mata, from a statistical point of view it has been justified. Mata carries the least goal threat of the 5 attacking midfielders, and whilst making more passes, his pass success rate is only 3rd best resulting in him becoming a wasted option when chasing the game and at times a liability when trying to hold onto possession.

Who would your preferred attacking midfielders be for Chelsea?

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