Finally we have confirmation from Opta that Luka Modrić is the best player in his position in the Premier League.
Opta have released various different statistics that encompass the whole season but the three that are most relevant in this case are chances created, passes and crossing accuracy.
In terms of chances created, Manchester City’s David Silva (104) tops the pile while Chelsea winger Juan Mata (102) is second and Modrić completes the top three with 96 – Nani, who got the most assists last season, is down in tenth.
Moving on to passes, it’s little surprise there are four Swansea players in the top ten with Ashley Williams leading the way with 2594 but in second is Modrić with 2534.
There is no sign of Silva or Mata however and, in fact, Modrić is the only one of the top ten chance creators to feature in the passes column.
On to crossing accuracy and Norwich City’s David Fox is top with 41.3 per cent but who is the only player to feature in this list that appears in either of the other two, let alone both?
That’s right, Modrić slips in at fourth – so expect him to light up the European championship this summer.
It was only a matter of time but it seems Fulham have won the race to sign Huddersfield sharpshooter Jordan Rhodes.
With 40 goals to his name this season, and a play-off final to come, Rhodes is certainly worth a gamble, and Fulham are one of several clubs prepared to shell out £3.5 million for him.
The important thing is that people don’t expect too much too soon. Rhodes is a lethal finisher, but there is a huge difference between League One and Premier League football.
With Moussa Dembélé and Pavel Pogrebnyak, Fulham already have some real talent in their strikeforce, with Clint Dempsey providing plenty of goals from midfield.
Rhodes will get his chance, but will likely be eased in at the Cottage, exactly as he should be after moving up two divisions.
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