Premier League

Two assists and 18 chances created: This is Spurs’ most creative player after 11 PL games

Tottenham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side end a memorable week with a much-needed 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday, thus moving them level on points with Manchester United in the Premier League table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men may well have lost to the Red Devils at the start of the week but they soon made up for that with a fantastic 3-1 win over European champions Real Madrid at Wembley, in turn booking their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League. And although they weren’t anywhere near their best against Roy Hodgson’s Palace on Sunday, they did indeed grab all three points as an excellent Son Heung-min strike midway through the second half was enough to seal a 1-0 success for Spurs, and thus move them level on points with second place United in the league table.

Subsequently, several of our resident Tottenham fans have been toasting their team’s fine week in the Tavern in the last few days, and as such are heading into the two-week break for internationals in high spirits and very confident about what the season may have instore for their club.

And given that they have scored 20 goals in just 11 Premier League games so far, much of their focus has been on the attacking third of the pitch, but just who has been Spurs’ most creative player in the league so far this season?

Well, although the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Kieran Trippier have all impressed so far this term, it’s Ben Davies who gets this gong from our resident Spurs fans following his excellent start to the campaign.

The Wales international filled in admirably last season for the injured Danny Rose and has even kept the Englishman rooted to the substitute’s bench at times since his return from injury, such have been the high level of performances from the full-back.

Only Eriksen (24) and Alli (19) have created more chances than the 24-year-old (18) this season, but when one considers that Davies has played two fewer games than the latter and three fewer than the former, it is he who makes more of a difference on a game-by-game basis.

The Welshman averages a club-high 2.4 key passes per game which is slightly more than Denmark’s Eriksen (2.2), and Davies has even managed two goals and two assists so far this term, which is just one direct contribution fewer than Eriksen and Alli.

Yet in terms of minutes per contribution, it’s Davies who comes out on top with just 155 minutes per goal or assist, which is a few minutes less than Trippier, 30 minutes less than Eriksen, and almost 70 less than Alli.

So, when he’s on the pitch, it is Davies who carries a huge creative threat for Spurs and arguably a greater one than the likes of Alli and Eriksen, and a WhoScored rating of 7.35, which is higher than the aforementioned trio, further underlines his sensational start to the campaign.

(Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com and squawka.com)

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