In an eventful round of fixtures in the Premier League over the weekend we take a look at which central midfielder from the North West came out on top as the most impressive.
|Team||Pos||Total Tackle||Interception Won||Total Att Assist||Pass Completion||Ball Recovery||Apps||Mins|
|Daley Blind||Man Utd||MF||4||0||1||80%||4||1||90|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, each central midfielder stuck to their tasks well and offered protection to their respective side’s defence.
New Manchester United signing Daley Blind made his second Old Trafford appearance since moving from Ajax in late August and played the full 90 minutes in the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over West Ham United.
United have been crying out for a defensive midfielder who can break up the play and set the team on the front foot and Blind can be happy with the progress made so far.
The Dutch international recorded four tackles, made four ball recoveries and played one key pass as his side found themselves hanging on following Wayne Rooney’s second-half dismissal.
One area which Van Gaal will want his player to improve, however, is his distribution with the ball as Blind completed just 80% of his passes – with only one outfield player recording lower.
In the North West’s big match of the weekend, Everton’s James McCarthy had a fabulous game as his side won a point in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
The 23-year-old made a total of six tackles, two interceptions and six ball recoveries in a fantastic defensive display.
Whilst under the cosh at times, the Republic international was assured and accurate in possession as he completed 91% of his passes – a statistic boss Roberto Martinez will be extremely pleased about.
The Toffees man played a key role in pushing his team forward in search for a late equaliser, and he got his just rewards as Phil Jagielka’s cracker earned his side a share of the spoils.
The last man to participate in the running for North West’s best central midfielder this weekend is Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
The England international was solid defensively alongside Steven Gerrard, making five tackles, two interceptions and four ball recoveries.
What sets the Reds midfielder apart from your average midfield rock is his ability to get forward and create chances – demonstrated by his four key passes.
In possession, he matched his Everton counterpart McCarthy by also completing 91% of his passes, though with the way the match turned out Henderson will be left disappointed with just a point.