Stats: Who were the best midfielders in April?

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Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur stars all feature.

The midfielders are arguably the most important players in any team. They link the defence and the attack with the middle of the side as well as controlling the tempo and pace of the play.

There were plenty of solid performances last month from aggressive and defensively minded middle men as sides jostle for position at either end of the Premier League table.

Here are the best performers across five key areas.

Goals

  ClubPosGoalsAppsMins
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 4 3 210
Jason Puncheon Southampton MF 4 5 447
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 3 4 359
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 2 4 355
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 2 4 360

It was a great month for Manchester United star Juan Mata and he seems to be benefiting from playing less, which he’ll also be able to enjoy next season. Jason Puncheon also deserves a mention although he has been used in a more advanced position by Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis.

Assists

  ClubPosGoal AssistAppsMins
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 4 4 355
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 3 4 358
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland MF 3 3 63
Marc Albrighton Aston Villa MF 2 4 277
Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace MF 2 5 399

Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen just edges out Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla when it comes to assists. Unfortunately for Spurs, the Dane’s return to form has probably come just a little too late in the campaign.

Accurate Crosses

  ClubPosAccurate CrossAppsMins
Samir Nasri Man City MF 13 5 450
Marc Albrighton Aston Villa MF 10 4 277
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 10 4 313
Adam Johnson Sunderland MF 10 5 420
Willian Chelsea MF 9 4 288

It may surprise some to see Samir Nasri with the most accurate crosses in April. The perception is that he’s better through the middle but he’s finding ways to be effective from wide areas, delivering balls into the box for City’s talented strikers.

Tackles Won

  ClubPosWon TackleAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 21 5 450
Gareth Barry Man City MF 15 5 419
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MF 15 4 300
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 15 4 323
Glenn Whelan Stoke MF 13 4 360

Mile Jedinak is a regular in this stat and he tops the list once again. It’s crucial for Crystal Palace to be able to break up the play effectively against talented sides in possession. Jedinak will be a vital player this Monday when Palace entertain title chasing Liverpool.

Accurate Passes

  ClubPosAccurate PassAppsMins
Samir Nasri Man City MF 308 5 450
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 302 4 360
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 281 4 360
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal MF 251 4 358
Steven N'Zonzi Stoke MF 247 4 360

Nasri also completed more accurate passes than any other player last month. City have plenty of stars who are capable of controlling possession but Nasri was very careful not to give the ball away, protecting it well and allowing his side to maintain pressure.

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