Jobi Mcanuff: Best team player in the Premier League?

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

Most people would have spat in your face if you told them captain of struggling royals, Jobi Mcanuff was the best team player in the premier league this season. Wipe away the saliva and show them the recent data provided by Opta Stats, and they will be unpleasantly surprised by the findings:

Top Goalmakers

Player Team Assists % of Team Assists
Jobi Mcanuff Reading 3 38
Arouna Kone Wigan 2 29
Adam Lallana Southampton 4 29
Eden Hazard Chelsea 4 27
Juan Mata Chelsea 4 27
The data comes as a shock considering Reading’s sub-par start to the season. They have taken just 3 points from their first 6 games, sitting on the fringes of the drop zone.Relegation form, no doubt.But, statistics like these will provide a welcome boost in confidence for the rest of the season. Jobi, for one, will still be shivering with ego surges after he had seen his name alongside multi-million pound players like Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.His through ball to give Pavel Progrebnyak an opportunity to squeeze a shot under Michel Vorm on Saturday took Mcanuff’s contribution in goal build-ups to 3.

Despite Chelsea danger-men Mata and Hazard leading the way in terms of individual assists, (both with 4) the statistics take into account a player’s percentage of overall team assists. It sees the former Watford winger top the standings with a remarkable 39 per cent.

Moreover, the findings highlight the skipper’s importance to the Reading team. An opinion shared by many at the club.

Team-mate Jem Karacan, who has recently been called up to the Turkish national team, believes Mcanuff is worth every ounce of the appraisals being sent his way, saying: “Jobi is, for me, one of the best players I have played with. He has been unbelievable.

“Growing up with him as a kid at Wimbledon I have always known the qualities he has and I’m sure many other people have too. He has just been unlucky [not to have played in the Premier League before]. He has been in teams involved in play-offs and fighting to get promotion, but he should have been in the Premier League a long time ago and people are starting to see that now.”

The statistics come out at an interesting time:

Only a few months ago, many royals’ fans expressed big doubts about their captain’s ability to adapt to the pace of the premier league, calling for him to be dropped from the first team. Citing his age and poor overall team performances as reasons for this criticism, the fans have been proven wrong as Jobi’s last few performances, particularly in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle, have highlighted his quality at this level.  

Somewhat worryingly though, Reading have dropped 7 points from leading situations as the stats below attest to.

Points lost from winning positions

Southampton 11
Fulham 8
Reading 7
Sunderland 6
Aston Villa 5
Manager Brian Mcdermott maintains his side will flourish despite the indifferent start to the season. He hasn’t shied away from acknowledging the difficulties they face in their bid to avoid the drop:
“This is an unforgiving league and it has some really, really good players. I am loving every single minute f it and so are the players. We are part of this league and we are going to flourish in it”Lets hope Mcdermott is right and the boys secure an unlikely win against Liverpool at Anfield on the weekend.
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  • Paul Smith

    Surprising even for a Reading fan! On the stat about Reading dropping 7 points from a winning position, 5 of those points have been directly due to match officials getting decisions wrong. Demba Ba punching the ball in and Torres offside for the Chelsea equaliser. You need a rub of the green and I would suggest that they will get it over the course of the season and be mid table by the end.

  • Mystical Mike

    I thought Santi Carzola would feature in that list

  • Ryan Hall

    You’re right Paul. We have been a bit unlucky when it comes down to refereeing decisions but ultimately we have never shown enough quality to deserve the points in those matches anyway. Unfortunately, I am one of these depressive Reading fans who gets frustrated with the style of football we play. We don’t seem to have the brand of football in place like other relegation battling sides (wigan, southampton etc.) This makes me a tad anxious about our hopes of avoiding the drop. I try to be as positive as possible though hence the ambitious title!!

  • Ryan Hall

    I would have thought Santi would get in there too!! I got the stats from the newspaper so maybe they’v cut him out. weird though!

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