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Bruno Fernandes tops the Premier League in seven different statistical categories.

Bruno Fernandes tops the Premier League in seven different statistical categories.

Bruno Fernandes tops the Premier League in seven different statistical categories.

Manchester United Bruno Bruno Fernandes tops the Premier League in seven different statistical categories.

The Portuguese has not scored lately, but statistics show that the Portuguese is still contributing more to the team than just goals.

His stepover dummy set up Mason Greenwood’s goal in the triumph over Burnley, an action he deserved an assist for.

While playing Tottenham, Fernandes’s netmug led to Greenwood putting in the cross into the path of Edinson Cavani’s who headed it into a goal.

Bruni is Manchester United’s top goalscorer and also ranks as their top assist provider. But that is just scratching the surface of his influence to the team.

Data from FBRef shows Fernandes is the top player in the Premier League in seven statistical categories.

Bruno tops the Premier League in the following seven statistical categories


Expected Assists (10.5 per game) Kevin de Bruyne follows on 9.1
Key Passes (88) Mason Mount follows on 81. Luke Shaw is on 66.
Passes into the penalty area (90) Trent Alexander-Arnold follows on 86.
Through balls (19) Fernandes is joint top with De Bruyne.
Shot creating actions (156) Mount is second with 143
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Goal creating actions (26) This leads Harry Kane who is on 22.
Penalties scored (8). The nearest is Jamie Vardy with six.

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Most of Bruno’s leading categories relate to Fernandes’ passing. His intelligent passing can be measured in different ways and can go unrewarded if his teammates miss the chances.

Fernandes’ quality is not limited to the above. He also ranks in the Premier League top 10 in the following 12 categories.

Goals (16) Fernandes ranks third overall

Goals per 90 (0.51) Fernandes ranks ninth

Assists (11) Fernandes ranks joint second
Assists per 90 (0.35) Fernandes ranks fifth

Goals and assists combined (27) Fernandes ranks second
Goals and assists combined per 90 (0.86) Fernandes ranks third

Expected Goals (13.8) Fernandes ranks fifth overall
Total shots (95) Fernandes ranks third

Shots on target (35) Fernandes ranks sixth

Passes into final third (163) Fernandes ranks ninth
Progressive passes (211) Fernandes ranks third.

Pressures (644) Fernandes is second overall.

Perhaps the most interesting statistic of all of the foregoing is the ‘pressures’ category.

Fernandes is key to United’s style of play, with the way he shuts down opponents from the front.

Only one player in the league ranks above him, Tottenham’s Pierre Hojbjerg who is positioned in a more defensive role.

Portuguese is one of the league’s top contenders for the Premier League player of the year awards.

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