A surprise stat has been revealed by the Premier League’s statistical experts WhoScored.com, who’ve highlighted that Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez made more tackles (7) than any other player in the Premier League this weekend during Saturday’s win over Stoke.
The number 10 role at Newcastle has been a problem position for the past year or so, but it was good to see Perez put in a slightly more action packed performance over the weekend, with this rather surprising stat highlighting what a good shift he put in:
Jan Vertonghen made a 2017/18 Premier League record 130 passes vs Swansea on Saturday. Here are the stat leaders from gameweek 5 pic.twitter.com/y3oQxXSsvK
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 18, 2017
Perez is often criticised for being too lightweight and has been guilty of putting a toe into tackles in the past, however it was great to the Spaniard get a little more stuck in on Saturday.
He needs to offer more offensively, but – for a player who was guilty of going missing last season – this stat proves that he was anything but a passenger against Stoke.