Who were the best Premier League performers during mid-week? Featuring Adebayor, Gerrard and Hazard

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Liverpool, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United stars all feature.

The mid-week Premier League games have provided no shortage of talking points with Chelsea and Arsenal dropping points, games called off and movement at the other end of the table as West Ham continue their recovery. We’ve taken a look at the best performers across several statistical areas.

Goals

PlayerClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 2 1 84
Victor Anichebe West Brom FW 1 1 17
Nacer Chadli Spurs MF 1 1 15
Chico Swansea DF 1 1 90
James Collins West Ham DF 1 1 90
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 1 1 89
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 1 1 90

What more can be said about Emmanuel Adebayor? He just goes from strength to strength in the Tottenham attack. Neither of his efforts against Newcastle were spectacular but he’s maintaining his momentum at an important time in the season.

Attempts on Target

PlayerClubPosOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 3 1 84
Gary Hooper Norwich FW 3 1 76
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 2 1 90
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle FW 2 1 90
Mohamed Diamé West Ham MF 2 1 29

Adebayor features again with great accuracy in front of goal. He’s not providing an opposition goalkeeper with any let up in terms of pressure and is a constant threat whenever he can get on the ball in front of goal.

Passes

PlayerClubPosTotal PassAppsMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 88 1 90
Martin Skrtel Liverpool DF 87 1 90
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 80 1 90
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 74 1 90
Steven Davis Southampton MF 72 1 89
Jack Cork Southampton MF 71 1 90

It’s a straight down the middle split between Liverpool and Southampton stars in terms of the number of passes. Liverpool’s players deserve a special mention because their efforts kept the attacking part of their game moving, as Fulham pegged them back at the Cottage.

It shouldn’t really be a surprise to see Saints stars on this list as they’re turning into one of the most attractive sides to watch in the country.

Dribbles Won

PlayerClubPosWon ContestAppsMins
Nathan Dyer Swansea MF 10 1 82
Eden Hazard Chelsea FW 5 1 90
Mousa Dembélé Spurs MF 4 1 64
Craig Noone Cardiff MF 4 1 90
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 4 1 90

Swansea’s Dyer is head and shoulders above everyone else in terms of the number of dribble contests he won. He deserves credit because Stoke can be an intimidating, physical team to play against but he took players on and pushed them onto the back foot.

Interceptions Won

PlayerClubPosInterception WonAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 9 1 90
Chris Brunt West Brom MF 7 1 90
Curtis Davies Hull DF 7 1 90
Alex Bruce Hull DF 6 1 90
Geoff Cameron Stoke DF 6 1 90

Tottenham’s Capoue showed why the club were fortunate to keep him last month over seeing him head off to Serie A. He made it very difficult for Newcastle to get any momentum through the heart of their side, allowing Spurs to keep the pressure on the Newcastle United defence.

Saves

PlayerClubPosSavesAppsMins
Adrián West Ham GK 6 1 90
David Marshall Cardiff GK 6 1 90
Steve Harper Hull GK 5 1 90
Hugo Lloris Spurs GK 5 1 90
John Ruddy Norwich GK 5 1 90

Adrian is turning out to be one of West Ham’s more consistent players and his role in their 2-0 win against Norwich City was huge. Were it not for him consistently making good saves at vital moments, the Hammers may have only drawn or even lost the match.

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