Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Reece James are both currently in the top three in the Premier League this season when it comes to expected assists.
Mount is currently top of the charts in the top flight and James is in third for expected assists, or xA.
This is a measurement that takes the average of how many assists a player would get from playing a particular pass that results in a shot.
Similar to xG, expected goals, xA is purely an average comparison rather than a concrete figure, but it can show underlying stats that suggest how well a player is actually performing compared to the actual stats.
It can suggest whether a player is underperforming or overperforming compared to the average.
On the Chelsea FC Reddit, users were keen to point out that Blues midfielder Mount led the way for the statistic with James close behind.
Mount, 22, has impressed so far this season. His hat-trick against Norwich saw him bag his first goals of the season, while he has also got two assists to his name in seven Premier League appearances.
In terms of xA, he currently leads the way with 0.51 xA per 90 minutes, meaning he is averaging an expected assist every other game. His current rate is 0.4 assists per 90 minutes, which means his actual stats underperform that of the average that he would be expecting.
This could mean a number of things, from Chelsea forwards not taking chances to opposition goalkeepers making good saves.
In second place is Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who currently averages 0.4 xA, but is overperforming with actual assists of 0.45 per 90.
In third is Reece James, though the stats can be taken with a pinch of salt. The 21-year-old currently has two goals and two assists in six matches so far in the Premier League. His current xA is 0.28 while his actual assists are 0.32 per 90.
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While this looks good on paper, it is worth noting that the wing-back has only played 278 minutes in the league so far, a smaller sample size than that of Mount and Alexander-Arnold.
Nonetheless, it is still promising for him if he can continue.
Rounding off the top five on the chart were Manchester City’s Jack Grealish and Liverpool’s Naby Keita. The duo from Cobham are in good company at the top and they will be hoping that it continues.
Source by Football London