Premier League 2019/20: Three key stats from matchday two
So, the games have concluded and the talking points have been discovered, what else is there to discuss? Well, we can't miss out the key stats, can we? Furthermore, from the goals conceded to the number of tackles, and even the amount of times Unai Emery says the phrase good evening, stats are incredible and can make a Premier League season even more exciting.
Last week, the three key stats included three of the top-six teams. However, this week the spotlight is being firmly shined on one newly-promoted team and two top-six challengers with the newly-promoted team being Norwich and the other two, Everton and Wolves.
So, although the second week's line up of teams does not seem as thrilling as last week's, rest assured, the stats are just as, if not even more, incredible. Let's get down to it.
#3 Norwich's new hat-trick hero
The last Norwich player to score a top-flight hat-trick was Efan Ekoku in 1993 which happened 26 years ago. However, on Saturday, Ekoku's streak was broken by the current Premier League top goalscorer when he welcomed Newcastle to the Pukki party with a fantastic treble in a 4-0 Norwich win.
Many Newcastle fans left the game early and headed home to Tyneside after Teemu Pukki announced his arrival to the Premier League in some style and at the Magpies' expense.
#2 Wan-Bissaka's defensive eagerness
These days, fullbacks are often considered an attacking threat who are better at attacking than defending but Aaron Wan-Bissaka has proved that he is capable at both ends and the stats back him up.
For example, Wan-Bissaka has made an incredible 15 tackles in just two games this season. This is more than the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte, who were both featured in the team of the season last time.
However, even though Wan-Bissaka's tackling stats should show how capable the United defence is, the stat instead highlights how easy it has been for teams to bypass the Red Devils' midfield at the start of this season and force the likes of Wan-Bissaka into a tackle.
#1 Everton's firm defence
Even though we are just two games into the new Premier League campaign, there has already been plenty of surprises. One of these, is the fact that Everton are the only team not to concede a goal this season after matchday 2. The reason for the shock is that when you look at Everton's transfer business, they have added to their attack and not their defence which conceded 46 goals last season. So, what has changed for Everton defensively so far this season?
Well, one thing the Toffees' have changed is their defensive midfield player with Jean-Philippe Gbamin the new shield in front of the Everton defence. This alone has steadied things up for Everton at the back but the real question is, how long will it last?