Bournemouth have set a very high standard

Bournemouth may have fallen victim to a Ahmed Hegazi header which subsequently led to a 1-0 loss against West Brom, however, the Cherries were dominate in other areas and managed to beat out the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The area we are talking about is the amount of passes completed, an area that is usually dominated by the bigger clubs, and teams with pronounced possession based play. It seems Bournemouth fit that category, as Andrew Surman and Harry Arter completed more passes than anyone in the Premier League, amongst a cluster of Manchester City superstars and Arsenal’s shining star, Granit Xhaka.Β 

Surman leads the way after making 106 passes, and finishing the match versus West Brom with a pass accuracy of 88%. Arter on the other hand, made 102 passes with a succession rate of 93%. Both pulled the strings for Bournemouth and fed plenty of opportunity into the path of Joshua King and Benik Afobe, but unfortunately for the Cherries, just two shots found the target from nine attempts. Simply not good enough, especially when you consider they had 71% of possession overall.

Despite Bournemouth’s goal shortcomings, Andrew Surman and Harry Arter were spectacular. The next best in the PL is Nicolas Otamendi, who arguably has an easier job playing out from the back compared to prying open defences. The next midfielder in this passing queue is also from Manchester City, and that is David Silva who finished up proceedings against Brighton & Hove Albion with a total of 101 passes and a success rate of 93%.

Below is how the list goes after Silva:

  • Granit Xhaka (99)
  • Fernandinho (99)
  • John Stones (98)
  • Vincent Kompany (88)
  • Cesc Fabregas (87)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (82)

The next best Bournemouth player was Charlie Daniels, who made 70 passes, which should further illustrate the dominance and control both Surman and Arter had throughout the tie. However, as we mentioned earlier, if the strikers are failing to finish off these chances then it is all for nothing, and perhaps there still needed to be more penetration because despite only having 29% of the ball, West Brom managed to conjure up seven more shots than Bournemouth. Six of them found the target if you were wondering.

Bournemouth are at home to Watford next weekend, and more than likely they will have the majority of the ball again, because Liverpool were not overwhelmed despite the 3-3 draw. Will Surman and Arter remain passing royalty or is it just a passing moment, and can Bournemouth actually muster a couple goals?

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