Apologies if this is redundant, but I wanted to share some visuals to back up Rich’s previous post.
Dembele’s dashboard is below:
For those wondering, the ‘X’ is a tackle, the hexagons are take-ons. Orange is successful, purple is unsuccessful. And as we can see, he had many successful tackles and take-ons all over the pitch; all while posting a 96% passing completion rate. Simply stunning.
What made Dembele’s play yesterday even more outstanding isn’t really captured in stats or visuals. When United pressed and scored three times (one didn’t count mind you) in a matter of 15 or so minutes, Dembele was a non-factor in our play. There were several points where I was left wondering if he was even on the field as United pinged the ball left and right.Yet, when normal service resumed a little bit into the second half, our play increased mightily. And he was the catalyst behind it.
Below is Dembele’s chart against Norwich City. I leave this here because although quite impressive, it’s probably not as good as yesterday. And how often can we say a player did better away to United than at home to Norwich?
Just for good measure, here’s the overall passing charts. Although United completed about as many passes as we attempted last week, we still maintained a very decent defensive shape. And still had an 89%(!!!) passing completion rate.
Now watch him get sold to QPR and we’ll get tonked by West Ham. Ugh.
Timmy Gelles is a writer for Craven Cottage Newsround. A Fulham fan since 2006, he is not prepared for West Ham to continue their hoodoo over his team, nor lose Dembele. E-mail him or follow him on twitter.