Everton fans have reacted to a surprising statistic that shows the club ranks fifth in the list of teams who have faced the least number of shots across Europe’s top five leagues.
The statistic provided by David Hughes, who collects date for Opta, reveals that Bayer Leverkusen, Getafe, Real Madrid and Manchester City are the only clubs to have faced a lower number of shots this season.
Everton rank fifth in terms of the fewest number of shots faced across Europes top five leagues this season. pic.twitter.com/xXSxTKogsl
— David Alexander Hughes (@DAHughes_) November 14, 2019
Indeed, the Premier League champions are the only English team above Everton in the ranking, with Chelsea just behind Everton on 95.
The graphic shows that Marco Silva’s side have faced 94 shots this season, which is surprising considering their goals conceded and position in the table.
Silva’s men have let in 18 goals in 12 league games so far – only five Premier League teams have conceded more.
Everton also sit 15th, just six points above the drop zone, which makes this statistic all the more surprising.
Many of the Toffees supporters have now pointed fingers at Jordan Pickford for letting so many in, as other fans touched on their awful defence from set pieces.
Another follower also pointed to the fact they have had an easy run so far, hence the lack of threat on goal.
Here’s how some of the Everton faithful have reacted…
So basically Pickford is a rubbish keeper lol
— Bass (@sprfas) November 14, 2019
How do we concede so many 😩
— Ged (@martins_gerry) November 14, 2019
2 goals conceded being OGs as well. Mental to think how many more points we may have if consistently better at defending set pieces.
— Graeme McVeigh (@GraemeMcV) November 14, 2019
👍 good stat – Be interested to see this again after 19 games
— Spirit Blues ⚽️💙 (@spirit_blues) November 14, 2019
We just make mistakes in the final third alot, we give our opponents chances rather then them making them. Then we are missing a keeper that can save us when the mistakes are made.
— ManipulativeMina (@mentalmina1) November 14, 2019
We’ve had one of the easiest run of fixtures in the prem so no surprise
— Robbo (@aidanrobbo) November 14, 2019
Because we haven’t played
Show us the stats again after Christmas.
— Fergus O’Connor (@Feedtheyak22) November 14, 2019
Empasises our earlier weakness at setball siuations – zonal marking being the main culprit and that is on the manager for not addressing it sooner.
— Jim S (@Bluebailey55) November 14, 2019
Said this a few times, we are so close to being a very very good side, those tiny margins at the tope make a massive difference.
— Pabs (@TheDone_82) November 15, 2019
— Kieran Stephens (@kieranstephens) November 14, 2019