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Everton’s Digne created more chances than Robertson and Alexander-Arnold in 2018/19

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Everton’s Digne created more chances than Robertson and Alexander-Arnold in 2018/19

Liverpool’s rampaging full-backs have brought plenty of plaudits this season but Everton’s Lucas Digne created the most chances of any defender in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool’s title chase was propelled by the width and creativity of their flying full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who both got into double figures for Premier League assists in 2018/19.

With the Reds’ widemen Sadio Mane and Mo Salah constantly pushing inwards, Jurgen Klopp’s side need their full backs to rampage forward and they did that to supreme impact, earning well-deserved plaudits and a place apiece in the Premier League team of the season.

According to the Game, the Times, May 13, page 12, Alexander-Arnold created 48 top flight chances this season, with Robertson, who played slightly more, creating 51.

 

But neither man could get near the whopping 71 produced across town by Lucas Digne, who must go down as one of the shrewdest purchases made last summer.

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It seems from the lack of balance in the numbers that many more of Everton’s attacks came down their left, whereas Liverpool’s were more evenly spread.

That said, for a player like Digne to put up those numbers – making a full 20 chances more than any other Premier League defender in his maiden top flight season – in a side who finished eighth is mightily impressive indeed.

Digne was also a goal threat, smashing home memorable goals against Burnley and Manchester United among others, and was the second best left-sided defender in the top flight.

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