According to the footballing statistical guru website that is Whoscored.com, a top 10 list of the best ‘statistical’ transfers has been compiled.
The order in which the players appear is purely performance-based and measured on statistical analysis on a game-by-game basis, forming an average over the season. Transfer fees and salaries play no part in the selection.
Here is the list, starting with number 10 and working down:
10) Vlad Chiriches, Tottenham Hotspur – rating: 7.19
The 24-year-old centre-back makes the list despite making just 13 Premier League starts. He has notched up an impressive 25 tackles, 31 interceptions and a whopping 62 clearances. He was definitely one of Andre Villas-Boas’ better signings.
9) Romelu Lukaku, Everton – rating: 7.20
Arriving on-loan from Chelsea, Lukaku has been a hit on Merseyside. In 18 Premier League starts, the Belgian international has netted 9 goals, and has assisted a further five. Defending from the front, he also has 32 turnovers to his name – more than any other Everton player.
7=) Jesus Navas, Manchester City – rating: 7.23
The Spanish winger has been a menace for defences all season. In 14 Premier League starts, he has six assists, and has played just under 150 crosses – City’s highest by some distance. With 48 key passes, there is no doubt that he possesses that key end product.
7=) Martin Demichelis, Manchester City – rating: 7.23
Well who saw this one coming? Demichelis makes the list despite becoming a City scapegoat. In 14 appearances, the Argentine has notched up 31 interceptions and an impressive 91 clearances – averaging more per game than fans favourite Vincent Kompany.
6) Mesut Ozil, Arsenal – rating: 7.25
Despite going off the boil recently, Arsenal’s £42.4m record signing’s early form was good enough for him to make the list. In 21 starts, he has four goals and eight assists, but it’s his 63 key passes that stand out. Arsenal’s next highest is just 39.
5) Vito Mannone, Sunderland – rating: 7.2
The former Arsenal shot-stopper comes in at number five. In his 15 appearances for Sunderland, the Italian has been named man of the match four times, conceding just 17 goals – not bad for a side in the bottom three.
4) Gareth Barry, Everton – rating: 7.32
Everton’s on-loan midfielder Barry has been a revelation for the Toffees this season. In 20 Premier League starts, Barry as averaged 70.9 passes per game – Everton’s top passer. His success rate of 85.9% is pivotal to Roberto Martinez’s style.
3) Curtis Davies, Hull City – rating: 7.38
Steve Bruce’s best of many signings for the Tigers. In 25 Premier League starts, the tall defender has been a rock, making 54 tackles, 70 interceptions and an astonishing 193 clearances – more than 100 more than Hull City’s next highest.
2) Dejan Lovren, Southampton – rating: 7.41
Southampton’s Croatian centre-back is proving a great buy for Pochettino. In 20 Premier League starts, he has notched up 53 interceptions and 156 clearances. Clearly a talented passer of the ball, he has successfully completed 138/198 long balls - an excellent stat for a defender.
1) Fernandinho, Manchester City – rating: 7.61
Brazilian Fernandinho is officially the best summer signing – according to the stats. In 20 Premier League starts, the defensive midfielder has recorded 65 tackles and 47 interceptions. Going forward he isn’t bad either. Three goals and a further three assists, added with an average pass success rate of 87.3% - is there anything Man City’s number 25 can’t do?
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