Who were the best Premier League midfielders this week? Mata, Fernandinho and more

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Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea City stars all feature plus more.

There have been some big money, high profile midfield moves this month with Nemanja Matic returning to Chelsea while Juan Mata made a move to Manchester United.

The Premier League produced some stand out midfield performances this week with Mata’s United debut noteworthy while Steven Gerrard excelled in the Merseyside derby.

We’ve taken a look at the stats to see who were the best midfielders across certain areas during the mid-week games. Take a look.

Assists

PlayerClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 1 1 79
Jonathan De Guzmán Swansea MF 1 1 88
Nathan Dyer Swansea MF 1 1 32
Fernandinho Man City MF 1 1 90
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 1 1 85

Mata is worth looking at from this list because his assist came on his Manchester United debut. It’s very important for United and the rest of their season that the Spaniard settles in quickly and well and this will allow him to build a little momentum.

Shots

PlayerClubPosTotal Scoring AttAppsMins
Frank Lampard Chelsea MF 6 1 27
Oscar Chelsea MF 6 1 80
Ross Barkley Everton MF 5 1 76
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle MF 5 1 75
Sebastian Larsson Sunderland MF 5 1 90

Midfielders who get forward regularly and are able to shoot themselves are valuable. Unfortunately for Frank Lampard and Oscar in this case, they couldn’t help Chelsea over the line against a very dogged and determined West Ham.

Accurate Corners into the Box

PlayerClubPosAccurate Corners IntoboxAppsMins
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 3 1 90
Jesús Navas Man City MF 3 1 90
Willian Chelsea MF 3 1 90
Steven Davis Southampton MF 2 1 89
Jonathan De Guzmán Swansea MF 2 1 88

Kevin Mirallas is unlucky because his delivery against Liverpool was superb. The Liverpool defence deserves credit for dealing with any threat Everton put together but Mirallas can’t be faulted for delivering set pieces, which gave his team a chance to get onto the score sheet.

Times Fouled

PlayerClubPosWas FouledAppsMins
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle MF 3 1 75
Adam Johnson Sunderland MF 3 1 87
Alexander Kacaniklic Fulham MF 3 1 90
Leon Osman Everton MF 3 1 45
Ramires Chelsea MF 3 1 90

Adam Johnson continued his good form in Sunderland colours, picking up key fouls for his side which allowed them to maintain pressure over Stoke. Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle was also difficult for Norwich City to deal with in a game the Toon should have won.

Accurate Passes

PlayerClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Peter Whittingham Cardiff MF 80 1 90
Gareth Barry Man City MF 73 1 90
Jack Cork Southampton MF 72 1 90
Fernandinho Man City MF 69 1 90
Leon Britton Swansea MF 66 1 90

There’s a good contrast on this list between Gareth Barry (on loan at Everton) and Fernandinho. Both players made a similar amount of accurate passes with Barry on the end of a big loss with Everton, while Fernandinho helped City to a big win at Tottenham.

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