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Premier League stats: Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy & the maths behind Mane’s moan

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino

Do the stats show that Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah link up better with one another than team-mate Sadio Mane?

Blink and you missed it – we are already 10% of the way through the 2019-20 Premier League season.

The latest round of matches gave us masterclass performances in attack from Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy, while on-field tensions were exposed at early leaders Liverpool.

BBC Sport takes a look at the weekend’s key stats.

Is there more to Mane’s meltdown?

Liverpool are top of the table with a 100% record and claimed a first clean sheet of the season to boot at Burnley – but Sadio Mane’s substitution provided the biggest talking point from the Reds’ win at Turf Moor.

The Senegal international gestured to the bench as he was withdrawn, seemingly irritated by team-mate Mohamed Salah’s decision not to pass to him when in space moments before – with the Egyptian’s sight of goal ultimately snuffed out by the home side.

But was Mane’s reaction indicative of a broader complaint?

Liverpool in the Premier League since 2017-18PassesChances createdAssists
Salah to Mane172254
Salah to Firmino277345
Firmino to Mane222265
Firmino to Salah256337
Mane to Salah177437
Mane to Firmino209172

Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Liverpool’s front three have generated a total of 178 chances for one another – 59 each by Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Mane generating the remaining 60.

At first glance, that seems to show a fairly even split among the trio – but almost a quarter of the total were Mane providing an opening for Salah (43).

By contrast, back-to-back Premier League Golden Boot winner Salah has created just 25 chances for Mane, compared with 34 for Firmino.

Statistics also suggest the Brazilian forward slightly favours picking out Salah (33 chances) over Mane (26).

  • Manager Klopp plays down Mane incident

Aguero closing in on Etihad landmark

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero is now just a goal short of 100 Premier League strikes at City’s ground

Over at Etihad Stadium, it was the Sergio Aguero show as Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer struck his 169th and 170th Premier League goals in the champions’ 4-0 win over Brighton.

It also brought the Argentine to within one of a century of home league goals on his home ground.

Only Thierry Henry at Highbury (114) and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (101) have scored more at a single venue in Premier League history.

PlayerVenueGoals
Thierry HenryHighbury114
Wayne RooneyOld Trafford101
Sergio AgueroEtihad Stadium99
Alan ShearerSt James’ Park97
Robbie FowlerAnfield85

Kevin de Bruyne set up Aguero’s first against the Seagulls, after earlier opening the scoring for the hosts just 68 seconds after referee Jonathan Moss had blown for kick-off.

It will come as little surprise that the Belgian’s finish was the quickest of the Premier League season so far – but it only added to the champions’ impressive tally of quick goals.

Since the start of last season, City have struck 13 times in the opening 10 minutes of games, six ahead of Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham (seven) in joint second on the list.

Is Rodgers bringing Vardy back to the party?

Brendan Rodgers; Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy is averaging a goal or assist per match in his 14 league games under Brendan Rodgers

Jamie Vardy scored two and created another as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City climbed to third in the formative Premier League table with a 3-1 home win over Bournemouth.

The former England international evoked memories of his club’s 2015-16 title season as he opened the scoring – racing on to a forward ball and taking a touch before lobbing over Aaron Ramsdale.

After also scoring in the Foxes’ 2-1 win at Sheffield United last weekend, it means Vardy has now been directly involved in 14 goals in 14 Premier League games under Rodgers (12 goals, two assists).

  • How far can Leicester go this season?

And Vardy’s prolific form under the former Liverpool and Celtic boss elevates him into an exclusive list of Premier League players to have notched at least one goal or assist per game under a specific manager.

But it is not Rodgers’ only appearance, with his management of Luis Suarez at Anfield yielding a stunning return of 1.08 goals or assists per match in 66 league games.

Player (minimum 10 appearances)ManagerAppearancesGoalsAssistsGoals + assistsRate of goals or assists per match
Alan ShearerKevin Keegan18155201.11
Alan ShearerRay Harford35317381.09
Jurgen KlinsmannOsvaldo Ardiles1285131.08
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangArsene Wenger13104141.08
Luis SuarezBrendan Rodgers665417711.08
Chris SuttonJohn Deehan18127191.06
Andrew ColeKevin Keegan584316591.02
Matthew le TissierAlan Ball573423571.00
Les FerdinandRay Wilkins25187251.00
Jamie VardyBrendan Rodgers14122141.00
Diego CostaGuus Hiddink1495141.00

Abraham proving his worth

Frank Lampard named the youngest Chelsea starting 11 in the Premier League era in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

The Blues side, which ultimately saw a two-goal lead slip at Stamford Bridge, had an average age of 24 years and 158 days.

But, while the west London club’s wait for a first home league win goes on, the goalscoring form of Tammy Abraham continued.

Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham has scored 30 league goals for Aston Villa and Chelsea since the start of the 2018-19 season

Even without the 21-year-old’s two goals against the Blades, he has scored more than any other English player in the top two tiers since the start of last season (including play-offs).

A tally of 30 goals in that time – including 26 in Aston Villa’s 2018-19 promotion – places him well ahead of senior England internationals Raheem Sterling (22) and Harry Kane (19).

National boss Gareth Southgate overlooked Abraham in his squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo – but surely will be unable to resist him for his next squad in October if he maintains his form.

Premier League and Championship goals by English players since the 2018-19 seasonGoals
Tammy Abraham30
Jarrod Bowen25
Billy Sharp24
Dwight Gayle24
Che Adams22
Jay Rodriguez22
Raheem Sterling22
Jamie Vardy21
Lewis Grabban20
Harry Kane19

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