Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea forward Diego Costa have been two of, if not the, best signings in the Premier League this season, so it may come as surprise that they are among the worst in the division in one key area.
According to Opta stats, Chelsea’s Costa is the most guilty in the division for having a bad touch, while Arsenal’s Sanchez sits third, just behind West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino.
|Team||Unsuccessful Touch||Touches||Mins Played|
|Saido Berahino||West Brom||18||299||629|
|Yannick Bolasie||C. Palace||17||300||549|
Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield and Yannick Bolasie complete the top five, all within a couple of bad touches of each other, but is it something for the players to worry about?
The statistic does, surprisingly, seem to be consistent with some of the best players in the division. Last season, the top three in this area were Olivier Giroud, Adam Lallana and Luis Suarez – all of whom had more than 90 unsuccessful touches.
|Position||Team||Unsuccessful Touch||Touches||Appearances||Mins Played|
The stat for unsuccessful touches will always be more likely to be associated with attack-minded players as they are always on the move, looking to create openings and beat their markers, and it doesn’t always work.
It is an area that could certainly be improved on and the best players in the world will try to do that, but as long as Costa and Sanchez keep providing the goods for their side, their managers will probably not be too upset with them.