October 2015

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Best U21 players: Lyon’s Tolisso the top performer in September

Corentin Tolisso was ORTEC Sports’ best U21 player last month. The French midfielder featured in all the league matches for Olympique Lyon, with the highlight coming in the match against Bastia. Tolisso confirmed the 2-0 win with a goal on the 88th minute.

Even though his pure stats might not be as exciting as others, Tolisso stands out for his constant involvement in the game (75.8 actions on average), as well as for the ability to make key passes (1.5 per game). Overall, he earned a 7.9 grade through September, which puts him at the top of our list for this month. Coming from the club’s youth ranks, Tolisso shows as well that Lyon are still a leading football academy in Europe.

Coming a close second, Chancel Mbemba (7.8 grade) also deserves a place among the best. Newcastle’s young centre back is emerging as a key element on defense, playing alongside the veteran (and team captain) Fabricio Coloccini. With 1.7 blocked goal attempts per game and an impressive 64% of duels won, Mbemba has surely had a very good September.

Still in his teens, Vitesse’s Kevin Diks is working hard to become the best right back in the Netherlands. Co Adriaanse has gone further to say that he would already be in the national team if he was playing for a bigger club. Nevertheless, the 19-year old has shown a great ability to read the game – proven by the fact that 73% of his regained possessions came from interceptions. At the same time, having 1.7 key actions per game reveals his offensive prowess. Diks had an average grade of 7.2 in September.

The last member of this fantastic four is Niklas Süle (7.1 average). The German centre back has played every single minute so far in this season’s Bundesliga. Even with Hoffenheim’s early struggles in the standings, Süle has managed to make a good impression. Confident when it comes to passing the ball (92% completion rate), he is also contributing with 8.8 clearances per game.

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Leagues in numbers: Italian shooting machines and the quick card triggers

Passionate as we are for numbers here at ORTEC Sports, it doesn’t come as a surprise that we find ourselves comparing stats from different competitions quite often. So why not making a regular feature out of it? This month we had a look at goal attempts (inside and outside the box), completed pass percentage, fouls per card and offsides. We took into account all matches played so far in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.

There are some visible differences across the main leagues in Europe. The fact that the Italian Serie A leads in total goal attempts might well be the most striking of them all, considering the defensive label we all got used to putting on it. This dominance comes mostly from outside the box, where Italian teams have slightly more than 50% of all their shots.

How good are teams at passing the ball?

Another common idea is that teams in countries like Spain or Netherlands rule when it comes to accuracy in passing. However, the top league in completed passes is the French Ligue 1, with 84.3%, followed by the English Premier League and the Serie A. The bottom-ranked competition is the Belgian Pro League, with 80.6%. So the gap isn’t that big.

There comes a yellow card

English referees are praised for their ability to control a game without stopping it too much or showing too many cards. But how many fouls it actually takes for a player to see a yellow card? We looked at the numbers and found out that the Dutch Eredivisie and the German Bundesliga are the closest to heaven an aggressive player can find. In these two leagues, an average of 9 fouls is needed for an infractor to get a card. The opposite happens in Spain, where the chances are you will get a yellow on your fifth foul.