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20 teams, 20 observations: Andreas Pereira has been electric for Fulham

As we approach the international break, we take a look at every single Premier League team, finding one stat from the unique PFF data to highlight.


League leaders Arsenal have cut open teams time and time again. No player in the league has done as good a job as Martin Ødegaard in this regard, with the talismanic figure recording 36 defensive line-breaking passes to top the charts.

Aston Villa

With Villa's prospects looking up after moving on from Steven Gerrard and hiring Unai Emery, they have kept three clean sheets in their last four games ahead of facing Wolves this weekend.

Matty Cash has been effective against dribbles, in particular. His 56% of dribbles defended successfully rank third best in the division.


It has been a backs-to-the-wall season at times for Bournemouth and this is showcased in them being the only team to have two players in the top 10 for attempted clearances. Chris Mepham (sixth) and Marcos Senesi (eighth) are doing their best to get the ball away from danger with a combined 252 clearances attempted.


No keeper has faced more shots on target than David Raya. He has already been tested 138 times, but to his credit has fared remarkably well. Only Kepa has a better save percentage than the 75% Raya has saved.

Brighton & Hove Albion

He might not be on the radar for England, but Lewis Dunk has had the most possession of the ball of any outfield player. He has possessed the ball for 3,281.22 seconds, narrowly edging out Manchester City's Rodri.


Of players with at least 500 pass attempts, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic and his 9.49 line breaking passes completed per minutes is the most of any player, regardless of position.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha
2PE77Y4 Brighton and Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk (left) and Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.

Crystal Palace

Even after missing a bit of time with a hamstring injury, there is no denying which player has attempted the most dribbles in the Premier League. With 112 Wilifried Zaha has 15 more than the man in second (Marcus Rashford). His success rate of 51% is good for 16th best in the division, while top of the charts is his teammate Eberechi Eze (64%).


No player has blocked more shots in the Premier League than James Tarkowski. The former Burnley defender, who finished second in the metric last season, has blocked 54 shots. This is 24 more than any other player. To really embolden his throwback status as a classic centre-back, Tarkowski also has the highest win percentage of 50-50s (85%).


Something of an afterthought during his time with Manchester United, Andreas Pereira has been a revelation for Fulham. One of the reasons is his precision crossing, where his 34% completion percentage is best in the league.

Leicester City

It is easy to understand the thinking of Brendan Rodgers after he dropped Danny Ward. The man given first crack at replacing Kasper Schmeichel, after he left Leicester for Nice, conceded 20 goals that were deemed saveable, the most in the division.

Leeds United

While there is something be said of the all action displays of Brenden Aaronson for Leeds, there are some issues. He has had an attacking player attempt to dribble past him 40 times, and all but four of those have been successful. That 10% defensive success rate is worst in the league.

It is not all bad for the Americans in the Leeds team as Tyler Adams has blocked more passes (54) than any other player.


While Virgil van Dijk may have come in for criticism for his performances at times this season, he has still be dominant in the air. After winning 148 of his 215 aerial duels, his 69% win rate is the best in the league.

Manchester City

Not only does Kevin De Bruyne lead the way with 12 assists in the Premier League, but he also has the most assists that led to disallowed goals (two), most “second” assists (seven), most “third” assists (six) and most chances created (82). Deep breath.

Manchester United

Lisandro Martinez owns the second highest win percentage on 50-50s (74%) of all players as he impresses in his debut Premier League season.

Newcastle United

No player has attempted more crosses than Kieran Trippier, who is up at 283 already for the season. It is a tactic that he and his teammates are making work, with his 33% completion second highest in the league.

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest defender Renan Lodi
2PFJTWC Nottingham, UK. 17th Mar, 2023. Renan Lodi of Nottingham Forest tackled by Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United during the Premier League match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples/Sportimage Credit: Sportimage/Alamy Live News

Of all full backs, on loan left-back Renan Lodi has the third highest percentage of successful block attempts. He has blocked 44 out of 108 attempted blocks, fairing narrowly better than Forest teammate Serge Aurier who is fourth.


It has been a tough year for the Saints, but full-back Kyle Walker-Peters continues to impress. His 24% completion rate on open play crosses is fourth best in the entire league.

Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane has had more “true” shots on target (includes blocked shots) than any other player in England. His 72 are 12 more than Erling Haaland.

West Ham United

Winger Saïd Benrahma loves a dribble. His 5.09 per 90 minutes on the field is fourth most in the division. Now if only his success rate (35th out of 52) was a little bit better.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In blocking 69 distribution events (passes, shots, crosses and clearances), Ruben Neves has more than any other midfielder, and second most in the entire league.

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