View: Terrific Everton trio assert Toffees as PL aerial kings
In a topsy-turvy season so far there is much for Everton to build on, but the aerial dominance of three key men is ensuring that the Toffees are always a handful in the air.
Everton trio Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane are showing why they are some of the Premier League’s most feared players this season with a series of powerful displays.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have made their way into seventh position as the campaign nears its halfway stage and a good portion of it can be attributed to the way in which Everton have handled a very important aspect of Premier League football.
Per Wyscout, Everton have the best aerial duel success rate in the Premier League this season with 54.9%, while their nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur are some way off with 51.5%.
The difference between the two sides is greater than Spurs and eighth placed Wolves (49.3%), showing just how successful Everton are in this regard.
There are three key Everton players that are helping to drive them to this statistical award in defensive pairing Mina and Keane, alongside striker Calvert-Lewin.
Keane and Mina have both recorded very similar aerial success rates of 69.33% and 68.35% respectively, ranking them both side-by-side in eighth and ninth position overall in the Premier League.
The only other side to name two defenders in the top ten are Aston Villa, and the contributions of one of their defenders, Kortney Hause, have come in a shorter sample size of 386 minutes compared to the 1,300+ posted by Keane and Mina.
As well as being solid at the back, Everton have shown themselves to be deadly operators from set-piece situations, with only Southampton scoring more (nine) than their total of eight, per WhoScored.
Keane and Mina have scored two goals apiece in the Premier League this season, while defender Mason Holgate also scored from a corner situation against Leicester City on December 16.
Both Keane and Mina have already matched their tallies of last season with more than half of the campaign still to go, so they will be looking to build on this in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Calvert-Lewin has won 4.4 aerial duels per game, putting him fifth in the player rankings for this metric.
He has also scored the most headed goals in the Premier League this season with a total of four.
These statistics are all a damning reflection of Everton’s assertive aerial displays this season and should strike fear into their opponents for the rest of the season.
If Everton can maintain their crown of aerial kings then they will stand a very good chance of securing a successful season and a place in the European spots.
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