Stats show Thomas Partey is one of Europe's best midfielders
Stats prove that Thomas Partey is one of Europe’s best.
The Ghanaian Arsenal star is well renowned as one of the Premier League’s premium midfielders.
However, looking in depth at his stats shows just how impressive he really is.
When comparing his numbers to those of all the midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues, Partey really is the cream of the crop.
From a deeper midfield role, often used in a two man pivot, Partey has starred.
The 28-year-old is in the top 11% of Europe’s midfielders for passes into the final third.
This has him above even the assist machine Kevin De Bruyne, who’s in the top 22% for this metric (FBRef).
He’s also in the top 15% for progressive passes (FBRef).
This shows that whilst Partey isn’t necessarily getting bags of assists, he’s doing a lot of the background work in the buildup to Arsenal’s goals.
He has multiple strings to his bow too.
Partey doesn’t just help Arsenal get into attacking areas with his passing range.
The £45m man is also in the top 10% of midfielders for successful dribbles that lead to a goal.
Stats prove that Thomas Partey is one of Europe’s best
These stats translate easily in Arsenal’s football to show how good the player is.
When Partey is allowed to beat his man and pick a pass, he’s doing more damage than 85% of other midfielders are able to do.
It’s true that the Gunners need to improve in some areas under Mikel Arteta.
However, Partey is one man who is at the level that Arsenal are trying to get to.
He’s been a fantastic signing and his stats show just that.
It’s also important to point out that Partey never shies away from possession.
He’s in the top 2% of midfielders in Europe for passes received, highlighting his ability to get on the baller whenever possible.
Mikel Arteta will know just what Partey brings to the table and will continue to play to his strengths.
It’s just a matter of keeping him fit and playing with others who are on the Ghanaians wavelength.
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