Comparing the Top 4’s Attacking Efficiency

How would you begin to compare the teams at the top of the Premier League in terms of attacking efficiency? The team with the most points is the most efficient? Yes, of course, but let’s suppose we drill down to individual players and find a means of comparing them

Let’s begin by suggesting that a player getting an assist (yep, many will just say, ‘it’s just a pass’) is on a par with scoring a goal as without the crucial ‘pass’ the goal would not have occurred. So a player who achieves an assist or goal has affected the match outcome. Therefore if we total goals and assists for each player and work out how often these occur per match, we can get a rough guide to a player’s individual attacking effect for his team

Some Terminology

Agp – Actual games played = Total minutes/90

GA/app – Goal & Assist efficiency per app  (Total goals + Total assists)/(Agp)

Next, we could rank a player’s GA/app

Range (GA/app):

0.26 – 0.75 ( goal or assist per app ) (Average)
0.76 – 1.25 ( goal or assist per app ) (Good)
1.26 – 1.75 ( goal or assist per app ) (Outstanding)

If we examine the top 5 leagues in Europe, only 4 players fall into the ‘Outstanding’ range:

(Ligue 1) Ibrahimovic (27 goals, 11 assists, 2032mins, 25apps, 22.58Agp) = 1.68 GA/app

(La Liga) Lionel Messi (22 goals, 11 assists, 2009mins, 25apps, 22.32Agp) = 1.48 GA/app

(La Liga) Suarez (26 goals, 15 assists, 2520mins, 28apps, 28.00Agp) = 1.46 GA/app
(La Liga) Neymar (21 goals, 14 assists, 2336mins, 26apps, 25.96Agp) = 1.34 GA/app

Ibra (soon to be an Arsenal player J ) is playing in the dodgy French League, admittedly, but his stats have been superb throughout his career, so aren’t to be sniffed at.

Not surprisingly Barca’s frontline has the other three outstanding players (therefore we were always going to be on a hiding to nothing against such quality).

Now taking this idea to the Premier League, below is a rough guide on the “Attack – goal & assist efficiency” for the current Top 4 sides in the PL table.

We’ve mainly included those playing fairly regularly (at least 1/3 of total PL matches, i.e. 12 or 13 appearances and more) and only attacking midfielders and forwards.

Arsenal

Midfield

Ozil (5 goals, 18 assists, 2430mins, 28apps, 27.00Agp) = 0.85 GA/app
Ramsey (5 goals, 3 assists, 2218mins, 25apps, 24.64Agp) = 0.32 GA/app
Cazorla (0 goal, 3 assists, 1204mins, 14apps, 13.38Agp) = 0.22 GA/app
Oxlade-Chamberlain (1 goal, 1 assist, 924mins, 22apps, 10.27Agp) = 0.19 GA/app

Forwards

Giroud (12 goals, 4 assists, 1936mins, 30apps, 21.51Agp) = 0.74 GA/app
Sanchez (7 goals, 4 assists, 1746mins, 22apps, 19.40Agp) = 0.57 GA/app
Walcott (4 goals, 3 assists, 1288mins, 22apps, 14.31Agp) = 0.49 GA/app
Campbell (3 goals, 2 assists, 866mins, 16apps, 9.62Agp) = 0.52 GA/app

For interest

Welbeck (3 goals, 0 assist, 276mins, 5apps, 3.07Agp) = 0.98 GA/app
Iwobi (1 goal, 0 assist, 123mins, 6apps, 1.37Agp) = 0.73 GA/app

Brief Assessment

Mesut has tended to carry to team to some extent.  The otherwise unproductive midfield has been a huge disappointment. Santi has played in the deeper role to be fair, but Rambo and the Ox have not given us anywhere near the threat they are capable of.

Our forwards have generally struggled to contribute. Giroud has the best stats but as an out and out centre forward, you would probably expect that. Theo and Alexis have struggled to hit a decent run of form and Joel has spent much of his pitch time defending.

Leicester City

 Midfield

Albrighton (1 goal, 7 assists, 2440mins, 31apps, 27.11Agp) = 0.30 GA/app
Dyer (1 goal, 1 assist, 227mins, 12apps, 2.52Agp) = 0.79 GA/app

Forwards

Mahrez (16 goals, 10 assists, 2468mins, 30apps, 27.42Agp) = 0.95 GA/app

Vardy (19 goals, 8 assists, 2723mins, 31apps, 30.26Agp) = 0.89 GA/app
Okazaki (5 goals, 2 assists, 1638mins, 29apps, 18.20Agp) = 0.38 GA/app
Ulloa (3 goals, 3 assists, 684mins, 23apps, 7.60Agp) = 0.79 GA/app

Brief Assessment

Leicester City have produced amazing conversion rate stats with Mahrez & Vardy giving standout performances throughout the season. Ulloa has proved a super sub with high figures for low performance numbers. They seem to have little of the ball, allow the opposition plenty of shots, but convert an abnormally high number of their own chances.

Tottenham Hotspur

Midfield

Alli (7 goals, 9 assists, 2128mins, 29apps, 23.64Agp) = 0.68 GA/app

Eriksen (6 goals, 9 assists, 2312mins, 28apps, 25.69Agp) = 0.58 GA/app
Chadli (3 goals, 2 assists, 869mins, 22apps, 9.66Agp) = 0.51 GA/app

Lamela (3 goals, 5 assists, 1852mins, 28apps, 20.58Agp) = 0.39 GA/app

Forwards 

Kane (21 goals, 1 assist, 2741mins, 31apps, 30.46Agp) = 0.72 GA/app
Heung-Min Son (2 goals, 1 assist, 856mins, 21apps, 9.51Agp) = 0.32 GA/app

Brief Assessment

Totteringham seem to have found a balance, with everyone chipping in. Even those we may have previously regarded as reject such as Chadli and Lamela have performed fairly well.

Manchester City

Midfield

De Bruyne (5 goals, 9 assists, 1556mins, 19apps, 17.29Agp) = 0.81 GA/app

Silva (2 goals, 10 assists, 1678mins, 22apps, 18.64Agp) = 0.64 GA/app

Toure (6 goals, 5 assists, 2037mins, 26apps, 22.63Agp) = 0.49 GA/app
Navas (0 goal, 4 assists, 1639mins, 26apps, 18.21Agp) = 0.22 GA/app

Forwards

Aguero (16 goals, 2 assists, 1785mins, 23apps, 19.83Agp) = 0.91 GA/app

Iheanacho (3 goals, 1 assist, 414mins, 20apps, 4.6Agp) = 0.87 GA/app

Bony (4 goals, 2 assists, 1030mins, 21apps, 11.44Agp) = 0.52 GA/app

Sterling (6 goals, 2 assists, 1792mins, 28apps, 19.91Agp) = 0.40 GA/app

Brief Assessment

Aguero is class as we all know. De Bruyne’s injury seemed to wreck any chance City had of winning the title everyone thought was theirs. Iheanacho has excellent figures like Ulloa’s.

How about the stats of some of the other players who’ve had good seasons in the Prem?

Would they make a good shopping list of Premiership-ready purchases for the summer?

West Ham

Payet (8 goals, 8 assists, 1952mins, 23apps, 21.69Agp) = 0.74 GA/app

Liverpool

Firmino (8 goals, 8 assists, 1570mins, 25apps, 17.44Agp) = 0.92 GA/app

Everton

Lukaku (18 goals, 6 assists, 2514mins, 29apps, 27.94Agp) = 0.86 GA/app

Watford

Ighalo (15 goals, 5 assists, 2567mins, 30apps, 28.52Agp) = 0.70 GA/app

Chelsea

Costa (11 goals, 6 assists, 2017mins, 24apps, 22.41Agp) = 0.76 GA/app

Written by JM

 

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62 Responses to Comparing the Top 4’s Attacking Efficiency

  1. Iceman says:

    Citizen Kane is a punter – swing and hope. Nuff said.

  2. JM says:

    Thanks peaches for uploading the post.

    Here is also a rough estimate on the % chance conversion rate for our players (Ozil, Giroud, Alexis, Ramsey, Walcott) & (Welbeck – a smaller sample size) so far in the PL:

    Giroud (CF) (12 goals, 4 assists)
    (1936mins, 30apps, 21.51Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 66 misses)
    (12/78 chances = 15.38% conversion rate)

    Alexis (LW) (7 goals, 4 assists)
    (1746mins, 22apps, 19.40Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 67 misses)
    (7/74 chances = 9.46% conversion rate)

    Ozil (AM) (5 goals, 18 assists)
    (2430mins, 28apps, 27.00Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 34 misses)
    (5/39 chances = 12.82% conversion rate)

    Ramsey (CM & RW) (5 goals, 3 assists)
    (2218mins, 25apps, 24.64Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 53 misses)
    (5/58 chances = 8.62% conversion rate)

    Walcott (LW, RW & CF) (4 goals, 3 assists)
    (1288mins, 22apps, 14.31Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 38 misses)
    (4/42 chances = 9.52% conversion rate)

    Welbeck (CF) (3 goals, 0 assist)
    (276mins, 5apps, 3.07Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 7 misses)
    (3/10 chances = 30.00% conversion rate)

  3. JM says:

    And that of the current top marksmen in the PL:

    Kane (CF) (21 goals, 1 assist)
    (2741mins, 31apps, 30.46Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 102 misses)
    (21/123 chances = 17.07% conversion rate)

    Vardy (CF) (19 goals, 8 assists)
    (2723mins, 31apps, 30.26Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 73 misses)
    (19/92 chances = 20.65% conversion rate)

    Lukaku (CF) (18 goals, 6 assists)
    (2514mins, 29apps, 27.94Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 75 misses)
    (18/93 chances = 19.35% conversion rate)

    Mahrez (RW) (16 goals, 10 assists)
    (2468mins, 30apps, 27.42Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 62 misses)
    (16/78 chances = 20.51% conversion rate)

    Aguero (CF) (16 goals, 2 assists)
    (1785mins, 23apps, 19.83Agp)
    (Missed chances: est. 77 misses)
    (16/93 chances = 17.20% conversion rate)

  4. Big Raddy says:

    JM. Wow. That is a hefty piece of work.

    Our major disappointment this season is, as you say, the lack of input from the MF’s. Ramsey, Cazorla and Wilshere must have been in AW’s mind when talking about goals from midfield. Wilshere in particular is a loss.

    Of the chaps you highlight Lukaku would be nice as he can operate as a lone striker. Payet is a Ozil-light.

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    JM
    Can I double wow Erik’s wow. Epic work. Thank you.

    Look, I’m sorry to be blunt about this, but Ollie’s 12 goals is pathetic.

    So, moving on… 🙂

  6. mickydidit89 says:

    Crikey, look at those Barca stats. All three forwards have 20+ league goals.

  7. kelsey says:

    Thanks JM, there is a lot of work in that post but I will be brief.

    48 goals in 30 PL games for a team built on attacking fotball by a manager of Barca lite football ideals for 85 years is pathetic.

    As for Giroud, I just can’t understand why Micky doesn’t rate him 😉 I think he would be the perfect replacement for Mertesacker.

  8. kelsey says:

    ,I have lost complete interest in this season and AW wants to stay on until he is 95 and kroenke’s hair grows back. What a shambles this season has been and we had our best chance in years to win the Title.

    Chelsea,City United and even Liveropool will buy all the best playes available in the Summer and frugal AW might spend another 10 million.

    I actually think many players don’t want to play for us anymore,we aren’t the attraction or have the kudos that The Arsenal used to have and was admired the world over. Sad really.

  9. JM says:

    @Big Raddy (10:54 am)
    It is more disappointing for me in that our midfield is also not contributing with more assists to add to Ozil’s extraordinary numbers in this department. Providing assists should be made a compulsory primary objective to every midfielder.

    Leicester’s midfield (Albrighton – 7 assists, even Drinkwater & Kante – not captured above in the list but have contributed a couple or trio of assists) along with a hybrid winger/forward in Mahrez – 10 assists, has helped created chances for their front-line which Vardy, Okazaki & Ulloa profited.

    Vardy & Mahrez have a combined (estimated) 170 chances to put the ball into the net in which 37 found their target.

    Likewise, Tottenham’s midfield (Alli – 9 assists, Eriksen – 9 assists and Lamela – 5 assists) has helped with their designated poacher Kane to 21 goals so far this season.

    And Kane has an estimated 123 chances for himself alone to put the ball into the net.

    Man City’s midfield (De Bruyne – 9 assists) Silva – 10 assists, Toure – 5 assists, Navas – 4 assists) to provide their designated poacher Aguero (16 goals) from the 93 goalscoring chances.

    The three of the teams have mostly their midfielders instructed (by their managers?) to contribute more on assisting and chances creation; while their forwards have getting plenty of chances to score. And Leicester has a more effective forward/winger pairing (Vardy & Mahrez) that help contributed with 19 assists as well.

    Cannot say the same for us, where our midfield was a mess. (Ramsey – He could have helped with more assist numbers in the amount of mins played. Worse – his dismal chance conversion rate – too obsessed in trying to score goals; The Ox – Likewise).

    An additional 10 more assists from our midfield could have been 10 more goals scored by the team. Assists = Goals

    And we might have ranked higher than 3rd currently ….

  10. JM says:

    @mickydidit89 (11:22 am)
    You’re welcome.

    The team has to come out with a more effective & workable plan to get us more goals (and assists).

    Either nurture a good strike partnership whereby goals and chances creation are shared (Leicester’s Vardy & Mahrez) Or have a designated goal poacher whereby the supporting cast creating plenty of chances for them (Tottenham’s Kane; Man City’s Aguero; Everton’s Lukaku).

    We have both before:
    (Strike partnership) – (Wright & Bergkamp), (Anelka & Bergkamp), (Henry & Bergkamp) etc.

    (Designated goal poacher) – (Henry), (van Persie) etc

    Though the former approach did help the team to 3 PL titles. (and perhaps Leicester shall benefit from it this season)

    Questions to ponder:
    1. Who are and will be Arsenal’s current best strike partnership among the available forwards: Giroud, Welbeck, Alexis, Walcott, Campbell?
    2. Which is the team better go-to formula to get more and better scoring chances: (a) CF’s hold-up play to get side-forwards/wingers and attacking midfielders to strike at goal? (b) No.10’s chance creativity to get forwards and wingers to strike at goal?

  11. JM says:

    @Kelsey (11:47 am)

    I put it bluntly: The team’s complacency in approaching the PL matches and an ill-prepared attempt for a three-prong assault on the prizes of PL, FA Cup and CL has led to their shortcomings in all three competitions.

  12. JM says:

    That said, there are still 8 more matches and 24 points to play for. Hope to see more effective and efficient attacking football from the team.

  13. GoonerB says:

    Fantastic work JM. The variation in your different types of stats is interesting in that it can show a player scoring decently in one area but not necessarily in another. Different stats can sometimes be contradictory in the picture they paint of a player.

    This is why I always feel stats on football players are really useful tools but not exclusively so. Sometimes you also need to have a general feel of the game and your team and the players and how they gel and work together. It is a team game so the collective considerations (of team balance and who plays best with who) will also have a secondary influence on individual stats.

    For example would Dennis Bergkamp’s stats have looked reasonably different if he had spent 5 years playing behind Kevin Davies rather than Thierry Henry, or is it irrelevant and Dennis’ individual stats, performances, and contribution to the team would not have been altered by this factor?

    Some of our current players may be under-performing statistically on an individual basis because the team is not set up to allow them to play at their best with their most natural game. This becomes more of an issue if it hampers your true world class players and stifles their game. Most top sides set up to bring out the best in these players, the match winners, do we?

    The 2 biggest issues I see at Arsenal are as follows :

    Firstly having too many similar types of players who have the same best position and then having too many whose best positions have not been identified, leading to many operating out of their best role and upsetting team balance and performance….the knock on effect….everyone’s (even the world class players) individual stats and team contribution drops.

    Secondly not having the correct type of attack in our front 4. It seems the modern game, more so than ever before, operates with a striker that can contribute in more ways than was required in the past. It is not only goals now, but also that they are a key fulcrum that allows the other 3 around them to function better.

    Sorry to say it but this is where I feel Giroud becomes a key issue. I understand that on paper he is supposed to be a target man and a hold up player that can bring others into the game where they can feed off him (T.A’s holding striker). The reality for me is that this doesn’t actually work and it is largely a myth that only looks to work on paper. I always feel too much is made of this hold up play anyway.

    Sanchez and Ozil, and also maybe Campbell, have developed their game from a younger age to operate in a certain type of attacking system with a certain type of striker. Not the type we are currently going with I feel in my bones. Also you want players like AOC and Iwobi to be developing their game in the right attacking system as well.

    I really don’t think Sanchez and Ozil ever envisioned that they would be largely required to feed off headed knock downs from balls lofted into a certain type of striker. When recruiting them did Arsene sit them down with a video of Peter Crouch and say, forget the Thierry Henry type of striker, that is so yesterday. I have a new devilish master-plan, now look and learn from the Crouch master. I will allow Robot dances to be optional.

    Too long we have entertained the same system, at the expense of our developing and improving, and it really hasn’t shown any signs of taking us consistently to a higher level. Lots of different formations of players have however been tried out in different positions around this striker, mostly to little avail, and yet we have persisted with it without any serious attempt at trying out a different type of striker.

    Here’s hoping Welbeck indicates a new dawn in our considered system. Maybe a bit late for this year though.

    IN SUMMARY :

    If you want the short version of this read Micky’s 11.22 🙂

  14. GoonerB says:

    Sorry JM, my summary, in what I was trying to say, is that I feel our midfield are statistically under-performing because the set up and attack is not right for them. I don’t feel it is just as easy as saying they are the reason for the problems without looking at whether we have created the environment to allow them to under-perform.

    Of course every player, even top ones, can go through bad periods, but so many at one time at Arsenal??? I feel one needs to look a bit deeper at it.

  15. JM says:

    @GoonerB (1:32 pm) & (1:36 pm):

    The players discussed in this post are attacking midfielders & forwards. They operate closest to the oppositions goal. Their foremost primary role in the team is in boosting the overall “Goals For” (GF) in the league table and the most viable end products are in assists and goals. (the attacking side of the game).

    The goalkeeper’s, defenders’ and defensive midfielders’ foremost primary role in the team is in reducing the overall “Goals Against” (GA) in the league table and the most viable end product is clean sheets. (the defending side of the game).

    These two concepts will not change.

    Among the midfielders and forwards/wingers, the former are mostly the ones getting more assists over goals; while the latter are always (99%?) the ones getting more goals over assists. (The list in the post: Ozil, Albrighton, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, De Bruyne, Silva etc assists>goals) (Giroud, Alexis, Mahrez, Vardy, Kane, Aguero, Sterling etc goals>assists)

    I put forward that both Ramsey & The Ox have failed individually in helping with Ozil in creating more chances leading to assists to our forwards. They do not need to score as much as the forwards, though at least each could have contributed half of the assists that Ozil is giving (which means more goals for the team overall as well).

    Likewise, the chance conversion rate from our forwards and wingers are not up to the standard of a championship winning team. (Post @10:28 am)

    =========

    Dennis Bergkamp (146 apps, 96 goals) had an effective strike partnership with a lesser striker at Ajax (Stefan Pettersson 130+ apps, 70+ goals) for 5 seasons.

    He could have worked with Kevin Davies in a different approach to be equally effective as a strike-partnership. (Likewise working with Chris Sutton, Dion Dublin, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kevin Phillips, James Beattie etc.) Will never know because all these are speculative, and who Bergkamp has effectively work with are factually Wright, Anelka & Henry (& Kluivert for the Netherlands team).

  16. JM says:

    Presently, I can see sense in having Alexis @RW, which will help him to be more involved in the team combination play and hopefully able to create more chances (and assists) with a view of his partners on the left and in front (at least 3: the CF, the AM and the LW) of him. (Alexis being more right-footed)

    While getting Welbeck @CF and occasionally coming in from LW will give him more confidence and chances (created by his strike partners) to go for goals. (Welbeck – being more right-footed as well).

    Good tests and preparation ahead for Elneny & Iwobi in the coming 8 matches, if they are ready to take the step up for prime time next season by competing for 1st team spots in CM and part of the attacking front four respectively.

  17. Big Raddy says:

    I can see us play Welbeck on the left, Sanchez on the right and Giroud central.

    With Welbeck fit we have so many more options.

    This is not good news for Theo and Ox in their aim to play for England in the Euro’s

  18. Aaron says:

    Great data there!
    Easy to figure out- we have no midfield or winger goals. Teams can load up on our solitary threat.
    Ox, Theo, Jack, and fill in any other injured player, and to a lesser extent Ramsey and Santi have contributed 0 to our goal scoring chances. Look at many of the mids up their along with teams finishing and it is clear for all to see why Arsenal did not win league in the last 3 years.

    Here is to hoping that Arsenal buy at least 3 players this summer to help out, if not it will be another bad year!

  19. Eddie says:

    gorgeous Gary is coming back to England, where he belongs.

  20. chas says:

    Cheers, JM, that certainly is a post of some stat-us.

    Adding goals to assists does seem to give a reasonable approximation of how we rate players just from gut instinct.

    Have you seen ‘goal impact’ before?
    If not, have a butcher’s at this link.

    http://www.goalimpact.com/p/blog-page.html

    Here’s Theo’s goal impact diagram. 😆

  21. Eddie says:

    what a pretty graph that is 🙂

  22. chas says:

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  25. Big Raddy says:

    Loved the cricket today. Brilliant from England’s men.

    Sorry to see Gary fail, it would be good to see an English manager succeeding abroad. The last one who did was Bobby Robson!

  26. mickydidit89 says:

    What I like most about the Impact Graph is that they couldn’t be bothered to ink in what the y axis is supposed to mean.

    Just pen some numbers and draw a line and call it whatever you want.

    Superb 🙂

  27. kelsey says:

    That impact graph looks like yhe coast line of southern Spain right down to Gibralter.

    Lovely picture of Giroud for you Micky 😉

  28. chas says:

    kelsey
    🙂

  29. chas says:

    Just what you’ve all been waiting for, chaps.
    You can now get it straight from the horse’s arse.

  30. JM says:

    @Aaron (4:51 pm):

    I will be glad for the team to work extensively and improve on their attacking combination play with whoever available starting. End product being more assists and goals contributions.

    If we could value-add with better players this coming summer transfer window, it would be a big bonus.

    ======

    Some further notes:

    Giroud (12 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x6)Ozil; (x2)Ramsey; (x1)Cazorla, Monreal, Campbell, Walcott, 1 own goal

    Alexis (7 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x3)Ozil; (x1)Monreal, Walcott, Bellerin

    Walcott (4 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x2)Ozil; (x1)Giroud, Cazorla

    Welbeck (3 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x2)Ozil; (x1)Alexis

    Ramsey (5 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x2)Bellerin; (x1)Campbell, Ozil, himself

    which meant Ozil has helped with close to half (14 out of 31) of the goals scored by the above individuals.

    Meanwhile,
    Ozil (5 goals in PL) are assisted by: (x2)Giroud; (x1)Alexis, Walcott, himself

  31. JM says:

    @chas (5:45 pm):

    Haven’t seen ‘goal impact’ before.

    With regards to Walcott, he could have involved better (assists and goals ratio) with the opportunities and minutes played this season in the PL.

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    The lion pic. Nice. Once a pussy cat, always a pussy cat. Love the furry fellas.

    Must go look Marmite site, and the feedback section

  33. chas says:

    I would say Marmite is something of a purist.

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    No feedback section 🙂

  35. chas says:

    Apparently, we’re signing a DM called Granit. 🙂

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh no he’s not

    Purists:
    Don’t give a shit who’s manager. Wenger can stay or go.
    Not bothered about trophies. Like ’em, but don’t care
    Or top four. Like it, but don’t care
    Or the price of tickets Stick ’em up, we don’t care. Don’t go often.

    Do demand
    Goals
    2-3-5
    Preferential treatment when we do bother to rock up

  37. chas says:

  38. Eddie says:

    8:16 – transsexual or cross dresser, #I never know the difference

    Granit is old news, like last season

  39. chas mobile says:

    Is you dyslexic?
    It’s Sean Connery.

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    You put up a few gif’s and things yesterday, and some have play arrows and blue stuff. I touch them, and nothing

  41. Eddie says:

    aha, wife beattr

    micky – do you still prefer cats over Dotty?

  42. Eddie says:

    and me is anything you want me to be darling 🙂

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie
    At no point have I ever said I prefer cats to dogs. What I have said is that cats are cooler and smarter. I stand by that.

    I do love Dotty, and more staggeringly, Mrs D does as well. My God, they’re needy though, and talk about separation anxiety!!!

    You leave the house for ten minutes, return, and it’s like you’ve been away for years.

    I now understand why the likes of Erik love dogs so much. He was one in one of his buddhisty previous incarnations

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Saw this pic in newspaper yesterday.
    It’s the Egyptian airline hijacker with his fake suicide vest doing a selfie with a passenger

    Best selfie of all time?

  45. Eddie says:

    I am so pleased about Dotty’s fate, such a great story, one lucky girl.

    I don’t know about cats being smarter – teach it to fetch a stick, no chance.

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    The blokes’ explanation:
    A British man who posed smiling for a photo with a hijacker on board an EgyptAir flight has said he did it to take “a closer look” at the apparent explosives belt, adding: “I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway.”

    Superb 🙂

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    6.17 See, I told you pugs cannot drive geared vehicles – that Smart car is clearly an automatic.

    Love the pics this morning (as always).

    Micky. I was an Afghan 🙂

  48. Eddie says:

    the cuddly passanger says it is the best selfie he ever took. I thinks he looks fat on it, especially next to the starving Egyptian

  49. Big Raddy says:

    If that is a selfie the grinning bloke must have 3 arms.

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik
    Even I know camera telephones have timing apps
    Do make an effort to keep up 🙄

  51. Big Raddy says:

    I didn’t know that. My self-esteem is seriously dented. I need a few hours in the Gong Bath

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik
    Saw that England thrashed the Kiwis. Is T20 the same thing as the cricket world cup, and if not, how many overs is the wc?

  53. Big Raddy says:

    . Micky. Google. Try to keep up … 😀

  54. Big Raddy says:

    Interesting reading about the possible effect of Brexit upon the PL. Apparently most players will not qualify for a work permit.

    All our do apart from Arteta and Monreal and Gabriel and Bellerin and Coquelin a few others

  55. Morning all

    We have a New Post …………………

  56. Shard says:

    A day late, but thanks for the article, JM. Are these figures including penalties? Because Leicester have had 10 pens awarded to them this season and that is bound to increase their scoring efficiency. Also does the player fouled for the penalty officially get an assist?

  57. JM says:

    @Shard (1.16pm)

    Penalties are included (and Leicester/Mahrez did miss a couple) as part of the players goals tally. These are a small percentage in the overall picture of my case study on “overall attacking efficiency”, where both goals and assists for the individual player are computed.

    “goal + assist efficiency” = “overall attacking efficiency”

    The player fouled for the penalty does not get the assist. (Nor does any player fouled for direct free kick given which led to goals)

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