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So far this season, things have been pretty bleak in attack for Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are a unit starved of any creativity, instead being one that focuses on defensive shape and rigidness.
That much shines true in the statistics. Palace have scored the second-fewest amount of goals in the Premier League this season with just ten in 12 games, while only one player in their ranks has scored more than two goals – Jordan Ayew, with four.
In addition to this, a recent graphic from TheOther14 – a page that focuses on teams outside the traditional Premier League top-six – makes grim reading for the south Londoners.
Well, the graph from TheOther14 shows the full extent of the scarce amount of creativity within the Palace ranks.
— TheOther14 (@Other14The) November 12, 2019
Out of the teams who aren’t seen as part of the traditional top-six (Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City), Palace don’t have a single player amongst the leading figures in terms of chance creation.
20th-placed Norwich have three players on the list in Todd Cantwell, Emiliano Buendia and Teemu Pukki, and it is a pretty sad state of affairs to not see a single Palace player make their way onto the list.
Leading the way with 25 chances created is Jack Grealish, doing so in ten Premier League appearances at an average of 2.5 key passes per game.
To compare, Wilfried Zaha has made two more appearances, but records just one key pass per game, which works out at 12 chances created in total – the bottom-placed man on the above graphic in John McGinn has created 13.
Andros Townsend? Ten appearances, 0.4 key passes per game.
Ben Chilwell – a left-back – also finds himself amongst the best creators outside the top-six with 1.4 key passes per game across ten appearances.
To compare once again, Patrick van Aanholt has recorded 0.7 per game in two more appearances.
The south London outfit really need to get their act together in terms of becoming a bigger goal threat to the opposition – right now, it is far too easy to defend against them.