What’s the space of concern at each Premier League membership after the summer season switch window closed? Sky Sports activities’ statistician Jayant Ganju takes a glance…
All statistics confer with Premier League video games until talked about in any other case.
Arsenal have recruited in assault and defence, however one place they didn’t improve was defensive midfield. The Gunners are closely depending on Thomas Partey: their win share has dropped from 70 per cent to 47 per cent when he doesn’t play for the reason that begin of final season. They’ve misplaced extra video games in his absence than with him on the pitch in 10 fewer matches.
The Ghanaian will not be an everyday within the Arsenal aspect – his longest sequence of successive league begins for the membership is 9. Aston Villa rejected three bids from the Gunners for Douglas Luiz on Deadline Day, proof of their have to recruit on this space.
Aston Villa moved extremely shortly to signal Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos. Sadly, he performed simply two video games earlier than requiring surgical procedure on his Achilles and is about to be out for the subsequent few months.
Out of the non-promoted groups, solely Leicester (14) have conceded extra targets this season and the Villans are certainly one of three groups (additionally Leicester and Southampton) but to maintain a clear sheet this season. Additional again, they don’t have any shutouts of their final 11 video games – their longest run since 2016, once they completed backside.
From the start of final season, Brentford have conceded the very best share of targets from crosses.
They signed Scottish full-back Aaron Hickey in the summertime window, however have nonetheless conceded the joint-most targets from crosses (4) this season. Pressing restore is required on this division.
Brighton have mitigated the departures of first-team gamers, equivalent to Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma, with the addition of Pervis Estupinan and the emergence of Moises Caicedo. Nevertheless, they didn’t signal a striker to interchange Neal Maupay – their top-scorer within the earlier three seasons.
Because of this, Danny Welbeck should now carry the first menace in assault. He has not began greater than 17 video games in a marketing campaign for the reason that 2014/15 season and has not scored greater than six targets since two seasons earlier than that.
It’s unfair to touch upon the place the Cherries are missing, contemplating three of their opening six fixtures have been towards Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester Metropolis. Half of their conceded targets (9 of 18) got here in a single sport towards Liverpool and it is very important keep in mind they’ve picked up seven factors (and two clear sheets) in three video games towards Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Wolves.
However, they’ve the fewest photographs per sport (5.7) and anticipated targets (2.5) within the Premier League this season, so one drawback space may very well be in entrance of purpose.
It was by no means going to be straightforward changing Antonio Rudiger. The lack of Andreas Christensen, coupled with Thiago Silva turning 38 later this month, solely compounds the issue in central defence.
Though Chelsea have spent greater than £100m on Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly, the early indicators don’t look promising. They’ve conceded 9 targets this time period – it took them 16 video games to concede as many within the earlier marketing campaign.
The principle concern for Chelsea followers is how they’re defending set-pieces. The Blues shipped 4 targets from set-pieces (excluding penalties) final season – solely Manchester Metropolis (one) had a greater report. Alarmingly, they’ve already matched their tally from final time period, and we’re solely six video games into the season.
For the reason that begin of final season, Wilfried Zaha has scored 31.6 per cent of Crystal Palace’s targets (18 of 57). That is the very best proportion of any of the non-relegated sides.
Conor Gallagher scored the second-most targets (eight) for the Eagles on this interval, whereas forwards Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta have netted six every. With Gallagher returning to his father or mother membership Chelsea, there’s an pressing want for Palace to get larger output from their forwards.
The additions of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady have gone an extended strategy to addressing defensive points. Nevertheless, with the lack of Richarlison, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ongoing harm points, the Toffees have been obviously gentle up prime. No staff has underperformed their anticipated targets (excluding penalties) by a bigger quantity than Everton (-3.55) this season.
The addition of Neal Maupay fills the void however no participant has underperformed their anticipated targets greater than the Frenchman since his Premier League debut in 2019.
Aleksandar Mitrovic broke a number of Championship data final season and has essentially the most targets within the English prime divisions for the reason that begin of final season – however what would Fulham do if their main marksman didn’t play or suffered a nasty run of type?
He has solely missed two league video games for the reason that starting of final season – however Marco Silva’s aspect rely closely on his targets and have gained simply three of 19 video games when he has not scored.
Leeds have misplaced their prime scorer and prime two purpose threats from final season in Raphinha and Daniel James. With Patrick Bamford’s health points and worrying type in entrance of purpose, Jesse Marsch can be involved the place the targets will come from this season.
Rodrigo began the season effectively, scoring 4 targets in his opening three video games, however he has since suffered a shoulder harm. Leeds’ failed pursuit of Senegalese ahead Bamba Dieng highlights their have to recruit up prime.
The Foxes have a number of areas of concern: they sit backside of the desk with one level and have shipped 16 targets – their worst begin ever to a Premier League season and their worst begin to a top-flight marketing campaign since 1983/84.
Kasper Schmeichel left in the summertime and has left an enormous void in his absence. His alternative, Danny Ward, has the second-worst save share (48.4 per cent) this season. He has conceded 16 targets from an anticipated targets on course conceded (xGA) of 12.46 – which suggests he has conceded 3.4 targets greater than anticipated.
Solely Bournemouth’s Mark Travers had underperformed this metric to a better diploma, and the Cherries have now switched stoppers. Is it time Leicester do the identical as they give the impression of being to safe their first clear sheet this time period?
Thiago makes Liverpool tick. No participant within the Premier League had extra passes into the ultimate third per 90 final season, and solely Joao Cancelo (109) had extra touches per 90. The Spaniard additionally led the Reds throughout a raft of extra per-90 metrics, together with profitable passes, possession gained within the attacking third and distance lined.
His impression has been felt by Liverpool as their points-per-game tally drops from 2.7 when he begins to 2.0 when he does not. To place this into context, 2.7 factors per sport would equate to 103 factors over a season, which might be sufficient to win any Premier League season besides one.
Conversely, precisely two factors per sport equates to 76 factors in a season, which might usually safe third place. Liverpool are unbeaten in his final 27 Premier League begins – a run stretching again to March 2021.
Nevertheless, the Spaniard is lacking extra video games than he’s taking part in. His longest run of successive begins for Liverpool is seven. Time will inform if Deadline Day signing Arthur Melo can step as much as the plate.
This can be very troublesome to discover a fault within the champions’ squad after securing, arguably, the deal of the window in signing Erling Haaland for £51m. A potential fear may very well be the truth that they’ve shipped six targets, and the absence of Aymeric Laporte.
Pep Guardiola prefers having a left-footed centre-back. Nathan Ake can play this position, however the Dutchman has his health points.
Since Laporte’s Manchester Metropolis debut in January 2018, Metropolis have conceded nearly double the variety of targets when the Frenchman doesn’t begin. The staff’s points-per-game ratio additionally dips 0.4 in his absence, which might show pivotal come Could.
Manchester United seem to have signed a participant in each place, so it’s nonetheless unsure to see the place the issue areas are. Nevertheless, the failed pursuit of Frenkie de Jong appears to inform us that Erik ten Hag actually wished his former participant.
The United boss used the Dutchman primarily as a defensive midfielder at Ajax, a task that Casemiro has been introduced in to fill. The Brazilian is but to start out a Premier League sport since his arrival, so the jury continues to be out on him. United do want an upturn in the midst of the park – rating 14th for possession gained within the center third this season.
Newcastle have recruited well for the reason that starting of the yr. Their £63m seize of striker Alexander Isak in the direction of the tip of this window addressed deficiencies up prime.
Nevertheless, the Magpies nonetheless seem gentle in vast attacking positions – an space they’ve didn’t put money into since January.
When a staff makes over 20 new signings, it’s troublesome to know what their beginning XI can be. Forest have scored the third-fewest targets and conceded the third most. Nevertheless, they’ve attacking gamers equivalent to Emmanuel Dennis and Morgan Gibbs-White who’re nonetheless discovering their toes.
The principle concern can be in defence. Steve Cooper’s aspect have confronted essentially the most photographs and photographs on course and conceded essentially the most targets from corners. Solely Bournemouth (18) and Leicester (16) have conceded extra targets than their tally of 14.
An harm to Senegalese centre-back Moussa Niakhate in his second begin was a blow and they’re nonetheless taking part in a again three of Joe Worral, Steve Prepare dinner, and Scott McKenna – the identical trio who performed nearly all of video games within the Championship final season.
No staff has scored the next share of targets from set-pieces (excluding pens) for the reason that begin of final season than Southampton (34 per cent). James Ward-Prowse – a central midfielder who takes set-pieces – was the Saints’ prime scorer final season, which suggests Ralph Hussenhuttl nonetheless lacks firepower.
Tottenham have had a profitable switch window, however the one drawback space may very well be creating probabilities from midfield. In reality, Spurs have the second-fewest passes into the ultimate third per sport (41.8) this season – solely Bournemouth (39.7) have fewer.
Antonio Conte does like his assaults to return from the wings through crosses, however this could be one thing to regulate.
West Ham have scored the joint-fewest targets this season (three) and solely Wolves have a poorer shot-conversion charge. In the meantime, the Hammers additionally rank among the many backside 5 throughout a raft of key attacking metrics.
The membership signed striker Gianluca Scamacca for £35.5m and he has been restricted to 1 Premier League begin this season – however can be hoping to dwell as much as expectations.
Wolves have lacked within the ahead division. Sasa Kalajdzic was introduced in on Deadline Day however suffered an ACL harm on his debut and is about to be sidelined for a number of months.
Bruno Lage’s aspect have scored the joint-fewest targets this season and have the worst shot-conversion charge.
Raul Jimenez was Wolves’ prime scorer final season with six targets – the fewest for any Premier League staff. In reality, solely three groups in Europe’s prime 5 leagues had a decrease highest particular person scorer.
Wolves can be hoping Diego Costa will hit the bottom working, having signed a deal till the tip of the season on Tuesday.