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:
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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