Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coutinho least efficient for Liverpool, Anichebe worst in the league

Coutinho, our wee Brazilian wizard, may have just been called up by Brazil, but it's doubtfully due to his performance versus Southampton on Sunday.  He posted the worst outfield player passing rate of 75.7% and turned the ball over 17 times.  His stats combined gave him an efficiency in possession rating of 0.569 and efficiency over team score of -0.159.  There's no doubt he'll improve, he's just got to realize this isn't pre-season anymore.

Though his numbers weren't good, at least our Radagast was no where near the bottom of the efficiency tables in the Prem.  Here are the ten worst in per and eot:

Player efficiency rating
V. Anichebe0.303
C. Wickham0.350
C. Cole0.367
Kieran Tripper0.397
A. Knockaert0.400
M. Biram Diouf0.407
J. Puncheon0.407
S. Pocognoli0.418
Y. Bolasie0.421
F. Campbell0.423

Efficiency over team
V. Anichebe-0.351
C. Cole-0.338
M. Biram Diouf-0.314
Y. Sanogo-0.311
C. Wickham-0.299
P. Bardsley-0.297
A. Knockaert-0.267
S. Pocognoli-0.235
D. Tadic-0.230
C. Austin-0.207

Former Everton and current West Brom forward Victor Anichebe tops a list of a lot of other medicore front-liners to take the Golden Rubbish Bin.  Anichebe played the full 90, but only managed 33 touches and 8 completed passes at a 44.4% completion rate.  Meanwhile his partner scored a brace.

Other questions these tables bring up are how long will Sunderland wait for Wickham to find his form?  How long will Sanogo have to prove himself at Arsenal?  And is Tadic really that poor?  He didn't seem so, but the stats say different.

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