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Helping Hands 2017/2018 16/05/2018

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

Back for an eleventh season of summarising stuff you’ve probably found elsewhere if you’re that bothered in the first place.  Nonetheless…  I enjoy reviewing the goals because they’re largely if not exclusively fun bits, so pausing only briefly to reiterate the generous definitions that I apply to an “assist” (the last pass, obviously, but also the shot that was parried for a follow-up, being taken down for a penalty, both the flick-on to a cross AND the cross itself, and so on) we continue….

Last season’s table told a story of a lack of creativity from midfield, something which has been largely addressed according to the stats below (tho the devil’s in the detail, no goals away from home since Jan 2nd etc etc etc).  Richarlíson stands out a mile of course, as does the unavoidable corollary that those eight assists, like his five goals, all came in 2017.  Reviewing the videos highlights quite how starkly his form has fallen away – he really was extraordinary in the first half of the season – but the End of Term Report is the place for That Kind Of Thing, so we’ll leave it for now…

In second place but with an even more impressive assist-per-game ratio of two every five games rather than four every seventeen (ha!) is the livewire Will Hughes, who has brought the Nicky Wright thing of running himself to a standstill in the name of all that is good back to Vicarage Road.  With Roberto Pereyra contributing at the same steady rate as last year and Tom Cleverley upping his ante from last year, both on half a season’s worth of games, the impression that our midfield is loading the bullets is re-enforced.  Abdoulaye Doucouré excellent campaign yielded only three assists although the first of them – to release Gerard Deulofeu against Chelsea – was arguably the assist of the season whilst Étienne Capoue continues to yield a meagre return.  His “assist” involved clubbing a shot into the chest of Per Mertesacker for Tom Cleverley to gobble up against Arsenal in October – I told you my definition was generous – this his fourth assist in three seasons and first at Vicarage Road.

Elsewhere Marvin Zeegelaar’s two assists came within an excitable half hour at St James Park, gift wrapped by an inattentive DeAndre Yedlin, whilst Gerard Deulofeu’s time on pitch in a Watford shirt saw us score only three times, all against Chelsea in a game in which he scored one, made one, and was subbed to an ovation in the two minute interval between his goal (our third) and Pereyra’s fourth.  Of those not to have contributed, Kiko Femenía is perhaps the biggest surprise but he’s loads of fun so we let him off.

Will return soon with the End of Term Report.  Enjoy the summer…

Assists Apps Gls Assists vs
Richarlíson 8 34+7 5 Liv (H), WBA (A), Ars (H), Che (A), New (A), CrP (A), Lei (H), Swa (H)
Hughes 5 12+4 2 BrC (H – LC), WHU (H), WBA (H), Bou (H), Bur (H)
Pereyra 4 19+15 5 MaU (H), BrC (H – FAC), Che (H), New (H)
Cleverley 4 23+2 1 Sot (A), Tot (H), Lei (H), BrC (H – FAC)
Holebas 4 28+3 0 Liv (H), WBA (A), Eve (A), Bou (H)
Gray 3 17+16 5 Bou (A), Eve (A), WHU (H)
Carrillo 3 18+12 2 Swa (A), MaU (H), MaC (A)
Doucouré 3 39 7 Che (H), Che (H), New (H)
Zeegelaar 2 13 0 New (A), New (A)
Deeney 2 22+9 6 BrC (H – FAC), Sot (H)
Deulofeu 1 5+2 1 Che (H)
Okaka 1 3+13 1 Eve (H)
Capoue 1 21+5 3 Ars (H)
Janmaat 1 23+3 3 Sot (H)
Kabasele 1 30+1 2 BrC (H – LC)
Success 0 0+1 0
Lukebakio 0 0+1 0
Sinclair 0 0+5 0
Kaboul 0 2 0
Amrabat 0 4 0
Chalobah 0 5+1 0
Cathcart 0 5+2 0
Wagué 0 6+1 1
Watson 0 8+3 0
Britos 0 10+2 1
Karnezis 0 15+1 0
Prödl 0 18+4 0
Femenía 0 19+4 1
Gomes 0 26 0
Mariappa 0 26+4 1

Check out the 2016-172015-162014-152013-142012-132011-12, 2010-112009-102008-09 and 2007-08 equivalents by clicking on the links.



1. Stuart Campbell - 16/05/2018

The Hughes statistics are very revealing. What a pleasure it has been to see him zip around the pitch so effectively and effervescently – and a shame that injury kept him out for so long. I hadn’t twigged the Nicky Wright thing… obvious when you say it. Then again that’s why we all look forward to reading your stuff!

2. Harefield Hornet - 16/05/2018

Interesting to see the much derided Jose Holebas near the top of the list? I fall into the “for” camp on this player despite his personality issues!

3. reg - 16/05/2018

An interesting and revealing set of stats, a few things strike me, I think we really have to hope that Richarlison is still at the club at the start of next season and that he has a good summer holiday, we probably won’t get away with our 3 strikers only contributing a combined total of 6 assists next season and my favourite assist was Pereyra’s floated cross over Dubravka on to the head of Gray at home to Newcastle recently.

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