Wan-Bissaka’s Stats Vs Arsenal Prove He’s A Superstar In The Making

2 Posted by - October 29, 2018 - News

It’s easy to forget, such has been the meteoric nature of his rise to prominence, that Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made just 18 professional appearances in his young career. His display yesterday at home to Arsenal proved once more that the 20-year-old is far more than a flash in the pan, leaving me to wonder just how good he could go on to become.

Having seen him awarded the Man of the Match award by WhoScored.com, I felt it only right to look a little deeper into his statistical performance on the day and quickly saw exactly why he was deemed to have fared better than anyone else on the pitch.

Whilst his primary job is and always will be defending, his grounding as an attacking threat when part of Palace’s academy has left Aaron with a natural desire to press forward, as shown by his five successful dribbles from the seven he attempted over the course of 90 minutes. Having linked up well with Andros Townsend throughout the current campaign, it’s clear that Wan-Bissaka is now developing better instincts as to when he should press on or sit back and it’s coming through in his weekly numbers. Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha were next best on the field with two apiece, highlighting the impressive nature of his display.

Defensively, Wan-Bissaka was just as dominant, winning all six of the tackles he attempted during the game, tying Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi at the top of the rankings for most of any player on the field. Incredibly, he also led both sides in terms of interceptions with four, drawing attention to his mind-boggling comfort at Premier League level.

In his 18 games as a professional, the academy graduate has faced Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool (twice) and Arsenal, without looking overawed on any occasion, prompting many both inside and outside the Palace bubble to suggest that he’s a player destined for the very top of the game.

WhoScored currently have him as the eighth highest performing player of the 2018/19 Premier League season with a rating of 7.40; indeed Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy is the only defender above him as things stand. Defensively, there has been no one who’s come close to Wan-Bissaka this term, if he can hone his final ball in the weeks and months to come, we’ll have a genuine world class talent on our hands.

The lad is special.

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6 Comments

  • tzcar October 29, 2018 - 8:06 am Reply

    well done lads,great performance.i feel rh change in tatic,s were the reason.getting rid of schlupp.and playing a 4 4 2 made us more of a team.long may this continue.

  • Ben October 29, 2018 - 9:48 am Reply

    Using the bench for once helped as well

  • Mike Ward October 29, 2018 - 10:22 am Reply

    AWB was immense at the weekend. I think he also benefits from playing with Tomkins who can offer him guidance and support.

    Max Meyer made a very positive impact when he came on as well.

    • Rob October 29, 2018 - 2:27 pm Reply

      And Sorloth’s hold up lay freed up Zaha on the run up to the penalty.

      RH got his subs in early enough and correctly to get the result.

      Great game shame we didnt beat them to be honest,

  • ee signing October 29, 2018 - 7:56 pm Reply

    AWB did beilliantly agai and Meyer came on an looked the player I thought we bought. Great thing was we looke like the team that finished last season. Great orale boost as we hit this run of difficult fixtures

  • Gordon October 30, 2018 - 8:14 am Reply

    A very good team performance imo which brought Arsenal’s winning run to an end, but, yet again, we haven’t got the points our performance deserved. Though we were well-organised, playing at a high tempo with flashes of skill & flair, I’m not going to get too excited by this match. After all, Arsenal’s defence was missing Monreal, Belerin was substituted at half time & their CBs are not renowned for their pace. Also influential players like Ramsey weren’t playing – presumably being rested given the number of games Arsenal have to play.
    I like the way we play the ball around neatly and build from the back (compare this with just 2 seasons ago when our defenders were all too easily panicked into punting the ball long and conceding possession). But we needlessly lost possession in dangerous positions leading to the free kick & the corner from which Arsenal scored. We’ve got to cut out these costly mistakes.
    But there are lots of positives to take from this game and it’s great to see we’re all encouraged by it.

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