Insightful details from the weekend
In this feature, Goal's Seye Omidiora picks out some of the under-the-radar stats you may have missed this weekend - and explains what they mean for Africa's biggest stars.
The midfielder’s goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win over Montpellier took his tally to three in Ligue 1 this season.
Interestingly, the midfielder’s goals have been scored from only eight attempts at goal with half of those on target.
Three goals from four shots on target is certainly impressive, even though it seems unsustainable long-term.
Taiwo Awoniyi’s goals seem to have dried up, but is there any reason to be worried about the frontman, who scored in the opening three games of the season?
Interestingly, the forward has been devoid of high-quality chances in recent games, particularly against Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund.
He missed a big chance in Saturday’s 1-0 success against Arminia Bielefeld but was otherwise starved of service for the rest of the game
Nantes’ assist king hasn’t directly set up a teammate in the last two matches after assisting two against Angers in gameweek six.
Per Fbref, the wide attacker’s expected assists (xA) of 0.04 and 0.20 in the last two matches against Brest and Reims respectively have been his lowest this term.
Indeed, the quality of chances created by the Super Eagle has dipped of late.
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The Liverpool attacker was surprisingly shot-shy in the Reds’ 3-3 draw at Brentford on Saturday.
Mane attempted only one shot in the entirety of the match, his lowest in the Premier League this season, despite the visitors shooting at goal 15 times.
By contrast, Mohamed Salah had three attempts while Diogo Jota played one fewer.
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Napoli’s in-form attacker attempted only five pressures in the Partenopei’s 2-0 success over Cagliari on Sunday, a joint low in all competitions this season.
In his maiden year in Naples, the tenacious frontman never attempted so few pressures in any match he started in Serie A or the Europa League.
Having had Luciano Spalletti encourage him to tone down his harrying of the opposition, it appears the Nigerian is taking his manager’s direction on board.