When West Ham manager David Moyes sat down to carry out his usual pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at Aston Villa, he was full of praise for one player in particular.
Moyes referred to Villa talisman Jack Grealish as the “best player in the league”, as reported by Football.London.
This ranks as high praise indeed – especially for an opposition player – and considering the talent in the Premier League.
That sort of talk places the England international above the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes.
Moyes – backed up by facts
Although some pundits and fans might mock Moyes’ comparison, the stats appear to back up the Hammers manager.
So far this season, De Bruyne has assisted his teammates on ten occasions in the Premier League and scored three times in 17 outings.
Impressive stats from the Belgium international. However, when compared with the Englishman’s output this season, you can start to see why Moyes rates him so highly.
Grealish has one fewer assist than the Manchester City star but the 25-year-old Villa midfielder has scored twice the number of goals in the league.
But even that is nothing compared with Fernandes’ efforts for Manchester United this season. The Portugal international has scored 11 times in 21 league matches – almost double the amount Grealish has netted.
However, it must also be considered five of Fernandes’ 11 goals have come from penalties.
So was Moyes correct to call Grealish the best player in the league?
Maybe, maybe not? But if we’re talking about cold hard statistics, there’s no shame in introducing the Englishman into the conversation.
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