Premier League stats: Man City on record trail, Pochettino’s landmark and the Burnley head master

ChrisWood, David Silva & Bukayo Saka

Note to Premier League managers: Manchester City are best avoided straight after a defeat. Just ask Watford.

The 27-year-old had to wait until November for his first league goal last term but opened his account for the season by nodding in Ashley Westwood’s corner before going on to score his and the Clarets second goal.

New Zealand international Wood has now scored more headers (seven) than any other player since the start of last term.

Five of his past six Premier League goals have been scored with his head, and four of those have arrived from corners.

In the table of headed goals since the start of last season, Wood is in front of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored six for Fulham last term, and Liverpool duo Sadio Mane (six) and Roberto Firmino (five).

Firmino’s header in Liverpool’s 2-1 in at Chelsea on Sunday was the 20th headed goal in the Premier League this season.

Since joining Burnley from Leeds in August 2017, Wood has scored 24 goals for the club, 10 of which have come with his head – but even he still has some ground to make up on the Premier League’s most prolific forwards in that area.

Premier League players with the most headed goals
Player Number of goals
Peter Crouch 53
Alan Shearer 46
Dion Dublin 45
Les Ferdinand 40
Dwight Yorke 38
Duncan Ferguson 36
Teddy Sheringham 36
Tim Cahill 31
Olivier Giroud 30
Robbie Fowler 28

250 not out for Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has the fifth best Premier League managerial after 250 games

Mauricio Pochettino’s 250th Premier League match as a manager brought a 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Saturday.

The 47-year-old, who spent 16 months at Southampton before moving to Spurs, also brought up his 250th appearance as Spurs manager across all competitions – a unique double.

Though the Argentine boss tasted defeat on his landmark occasion his record puts him in exalted company.

The best Premier League managers after 250 games
Manager Wins Draws Losses Points Win percentage
Jose Mourinho 158 59 33 533 63%
Sir Alex Ferguson 152 63 35 519 61%
Arsene Wenger 146 62 42 500 58%
Rafael Benitez 138 60 52 474 55%
Mauricio Pochettino 131 58 61 451 52%
David O’Leary 110 64 74 396 44%
Kevin Keegan 111 60 79 393 44%
David Moyes 101 61 88 364 40%
Martin O’Neill 93 79 78 358 37%
George Graham 90 81 79 351 36%

Saka’s time to shine

As a supporter, there are few better sights than seeing a home-grown youngster come through the system to play for the first team.

And fresh from making his European bow against Eintracht Frankfurt, Bukayo Saka showed what he could do in the top flight.

Bukayo Saka
Only Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott have started Premier League games for Arsenal at a younger age than Bukayo Saka

The youngster, who stepped off the Arsenal production line with a seven-minute cameo against Fulham in January, made his first league start for the Gunners in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

At the age of 18 years and 17 days, the England youth international became the third-youngest player to start a Premier League game for the club.

The two players who did so earlier in their careers aren’t bad either – with Saka only behind Spain’s World Cup-winning midfielder Cesc Fabregas (17 years 104 days) and England forward Theo Walcott (17 years 212 days).

Yet when it comes to Premier League starts as a fledgling, Jose Baxter, 27, now with League Two Plymouth, takes some beating.

Premier League’s youngest starters
Player Age
Jose Baxter (Everton) 16 years 198 days
Reece Oxford (West Ham United) 16 years 236 days
Wayne Rooney (Everton) 16 years 297 days
Neil Finn (West Ham United) 17 years 3 days
Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion) 17 years 7 days
Andy Campbell (Middlesbrough) 17 years 10 days
Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur) 17 years 28 days
James Milner (Leeds United) 17 years 35 days
Emile Heskey (Leicester City) 17 years 56 days
Gareth Barry (Aston Villa) 17 years 76 days
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September 2019