Alvaro Morata – Premier League’s Aeriel Hero – SoccerSouls

Alvaro Morata – Premier League’s Aeriel Hero

Here are some interesting data which shows that Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is arguably the most prolific aerial threat in the Premier League, data provided by EA SPORTS and

As you can see in the below table, Morata has scored a total of five headed goals so far this season, managing more goals with his head than many of the league’s top strikers. This also puts Morata way ahead of other players in the league, with the next highest headed goals only being two goals.

Player Goals Headed Goals Assists
Morata 9 5 4
Aguero 9 2 3
Lukaku 8 1 4
Kane 10 1 1
Lacazette 8 2 1

This is testament to Chelsea’s effective use of the width in their 3-5-2 formation, with the likes of Azpilicueta and Hazard able to provide Morata with goalscoring opportunities. As a team, Chelsea also lead the number of headed goals scored by any team in the league, with nine headed goals. This takes Chelsea already beyond their total number of headed goals for the entirety of last season (eight) and accounts for 32% of their total goals scored, only Newcastle (36%) and West Brom (33%) have a higher percentage of headed goals. Whilst Manchester City continue to dominate the league through intricate passing and possession play, with only 11% of their goals scored by headers, The Blues threat in the air could prove to be their advantage on the counter attack this season.

Team Goals Headed Goals % Teams Goals by Header
Chelsea 28 9 32%
Arsenal 29 7 24%
Manchester United 35 6 17%
Liverpool 33 5 15%
Manchester City 46 5 11%

Chelsea recorded back to back Premier League wins by beating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, but it was one of their defensive line who achieved a significant personal milestone in the fixture. César Azpilicueta recorded the most passes completed by any one player in a single game with 120 passes. The title was previously held by Jan Vertonghen who achieved one pass less in Premier League Game Week 5. and other sites predict that the Chelsea defender will continue with this passing style.

Azpilicueta also attempted the most passes of any player this season, overtaking one of the Premier Leagues’ hottest talents in Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne who had previously played 130 in his Game Week 10 fixture. Conte’s Spanish defender attempted 132 passes against Newcastle, with an admirable number attempted in the opposition half (61), another example of Azpilicueta’s impact at both ends of the pitch having already provided 5 assists in league fixture this season … only De Bruyne, David Silva, Aaron Ramsey and Leroy Sane have managed more!