One of the most satisfying aspects of life in the Premier League, is the increased level of interest and analysis that the club is afforded in the national press.
Whilst the day-to-day goings on at the football club are covered in far greater detail than ever before, pieces such as this one from tactical sage Jonathan Wilson, really get to the heart of why we are having such an impressive start to the 2015/16 season.
Picking apart our tactical leanings, Wilson has looked at the reliance we place on our wingers from week to week, highlighting the impact that Jason Puncheon, Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako had on our much-discussed win at Stamford Bridge last weekend as a central point for his musings.
Although we are all well aware of the importance Alan Pardew places on the efforts of the aforementioned four-man wrecking ball in the middle of the park, it’s intriguing to see the numbers behind our play, with Wilson shining a light on the improvements we have shown in terms of ball retention. Indeed, the passing accuracy of Zaha, Bolasie and Puncheon has improved from last season, whilst the added goal threat provided by Sako is paying dividends already.
Luckily for us, there is very little teams can do to stifle the effectiveness of such a system, given the pace, trickery and power we possess, but you can be sure they will be doing their level best each week. We’re certainly making an impact in the top flight.