95% pass accuracy, 7 duels won: West Brom’s Callum McManaman was superb against Chelsea

Callum McManaman had a fine game for West Bromwich Albion against Chelsea.

West Bromwich Albion winger Callum McManaman was in superb form as his side suffered a 3-2 defeat to Premier League champions Chelsea at home in the Premier League table.

In a topsy-turvy encounter at The Hawthorns, the Blues survived a late rally from the hosts to cling on to the three points but there were plenty of positives from Tony Pulis’s men.

Against Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season, the Baggies were completely outclassed and utterly toothless in attack, although the same can’t be said of their most recent display.

With James Morrison scoring twice and Salomon Rondon grabbing an assist on his debut, the West Brom duo will rightly earn the plaudits from the press but one player was equally impressive.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success %Def Duel WinnersBall RecoveriesMins Played
Callum McManaman 1 4 3 38 19 95% 7 2 78

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, McManaman also stood out as one of the home team's better players and contributed greatly in a number of key areas.

The former Wigan Athletic ace recorded 38 touches, three successful take-ons and a superb four key passes – second only to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as the best on the pitch.

Moreover, he was utterly dependable in possession as he completed 95% of his intended passes, while defensively he willingly contributed with seven defensive duel winners and two ball recoveries.

Goals from Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta ultimately earned Jose Mourinho’s side the three points but it was a close-fought encounter and one in which should give West Brom confidence.

Pulis’s men haven’t started the campaign particularly well, but more performances of this ilk and they will certainly have no need to nervously look over their shoulders at a potential relegation scrap.

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