Everton: 9 stats you need to know this season

We take a look at some of the stats you need to know about Everton so far this season.

Gareth Barry once again leads the way in the passing statistics for Everton. He has come into criticism this season for what has been seen as a dip in performance but it is clear that he is still crucial to the Roberto Martinez way of playing football. However, an alarming amount of passing is done by the defenders, perhaps suggesting why Everton have struggled to win as many games this season.

  PositionTeamTotal PassAppearancesMins Played
Gareth Barry MF Everton 1,184 17 1,453
Phil Jagielka DF Everton 1,076 18 1,575
Leighton Baines DF Everton 978 18 1,620
James McCarthy MF Everton 760 13 1,104
Sylvain Distin DF Everton 686 12 1,074

The attacking prowess of Everton's full-back Leighton Baines has again been pivotal to any success for the team. He is third in the Premier League assist charts only behind Cesc Fabregas and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Cesc Fàbregas MF Chelsea 13 18 1,597
Gylfi Sigurdsson MF Swansea 8 18 1,531
Leighton Baines DF Everton 7 18 1,620
Dusan Tadic MF Southampton 7 17 1,401
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 6 12 867

Unsurprisingly Romelu Lukaku is the player at Everton who has had the most shots at goal, and by a massive margin. If only a few more were hitting the back of the net!

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Romelu Lukaku FW Everton 53 19 1,494
Kevin Mirallas MF Everton 30 13 818
Samuel Eto'o FW Everton 28 14 782

If you needed another representation of Leighton Baines importance to the team just look at the accurate crosses statistic for the team. Baines is well ahead of any rival...

  PositionTeamAccurate CrossAppearancesMins Played
Leighton Baines DF Everton 24 18 1,620
Seamus Coleman DF Everton 6 16 1,355
Steven Naismith FW Everton 5 15 1,190

Tim Howard at least has decent distribution from goal-kicks. He has the second most accurate goal-kicks in the Premier League - second only to, surprisingly, Asmir Begovic.

  PositionTeamAccurate Goal KicksAppearancesMins Played
Asmir Begovic GK Stoke 95 19 1,710
Tim Howard GK Everton 93 18 1,575
Hugo Lloris GK Tottenham 91 19 1,710

No surprises to who is the top tackler at Everton this season. Barry takes the award. However, the high statistics shown by Steven Naismith and James McCarthy show just how important they are to the team. 

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Gareth Barry MF Everton 34 17 1,453
Leighton Baines DF Everton 25 18 1,620
James McCarthy MF Everton 23 13 1,104
Seamus Coleman DF Everton 22 16 1,355
Steven Naismith FW Everton 21 15 1,190

There is certainly an issue in how long Everton's strikers seem to have the ball. The worst three players when it comes to making accurate passes per minute are all from the attacking force.

  PositionTeamAccurate Pass MINSAppearances
Romelu Lukaku FW Everton 3.87 19
Aiden McGeady MF Everton 3.32 12
Kevin Mirallas MF Everton 3.29 13

Unfortunately for Everton their lead striker Romelu Lukaku has not been as good as he was last season. Plus, he is proving to wasteful in possession. Nobody in the team gives the ball away more than he does.

  PositionTeamDispossessedAppearancesMins Played
Romelu Lukaku FW Everton 36 19 1,494
Steven Naismith FW Everton 22 15 1,190
Ross Barkley MF Everton 21 12 876

The defensive pairing of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka were lauded last term, but this season they have certainly not been at their best and errors have crept into their game. That will need to improve if Everton are to overcome their slump in 2015.

  PositionTeamError Lead To ShotError Lead To GoalAppearancesMins Played
Sylvain Distin DF Everton 2 1 12 1,074
Phil Jagielka DF Everton 2 1 18 1,575

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