3.2 tackles per game: Three Chelsea loanees who are topping the stats table for their current clubs
Chelsea are so generous when it comes to lending their personal possessions.
Christmas isn’t for another few months, but the Blues have already been placing presents all across the continent.
The Stamford Bridge Santa Claus dropped off 22 gifts over the summer to clubs on his nice list.
We are, of course, speaking about the 22 loan players who were shipped out by Chelsea in the latest transfer window.
Some have been a joy to unwrap; others are yet to be taken out of the box.
Those currently excelling in their new surroundings are doing so with a real flourish.
Especially where the number experts are concerned.
Here are three borrowed Blues who are leading the way for statistical supremacy at their current team:
Our first dive into the depths of data’s kingdom takes us all the way down to League One.
A quick swim along the stat sea bed will take you into a cove belonging to a goalkeeper, not a gold kipper.
Jamie Cumming has been a wonderful catch for Gillingham this season, even if the side’s form suggests a sinking ship.
Since his move to the Priestfield Stadium in July, Cumming is yet to miss a league fixture.
Gillingham would arguably be even further down the table had the 22-year-old not stepped up to the plate on numerous occasions.
His 46 saves from 11 matches (WhoScored.com) is more than any ‘keeper has managed in England’s top four divisions this term.
Brad Collins of Barnsley is just one stop behind Cumming, another who came off the Cobham construction line.
Whilst Gillingham look destined for a struggle against relegation, Coventry are going in the complete opposite direction.
Third in the Championship, the Sky Blues’ nickname seems especially relevant right now.
Mark Robins has assembled a fearless, well-organised group who recently blitzed play-off hopefuls Fulham 4-1.
A key slice of Coventry’s success can be owed to their recruitment policy.
More specifically, the transactions they agreed with Chelsea.
Both Jake Clarke-Salter and Ian Maatsen made the trip from London to the West Midlands over the summery months.
The defender has started all 11 league ties and also featured in the EFL Cup defeat to Northampton.
And what a defender he is turning out to be.
According to WhoScored.com, Maatsen’s 3.2 tackles per Championship game puts him ahead of any Coventry player this campaign.
It also ranks him third overall in the entire division.
11 passes blocked and four crosses blocked ranks the Dutch Under-21 international joint first for Robins’ men as well.
Is it any surprise Conor Gallagher is on the list?
Arguably Crystal Palace’s finest performer in 2021/22, the midfielder couldn’t have managed such a triumphant trip across the capital without smashing some stats.
Returning to our friends at WhoScored.com, Gallagher has already taken the most shots per Premier League game (2.5) for Palace.
An attacking threat – two goals and an assist so far – but also a defensive weapon.
No member of Patrick Vieira’s camp has blocked more passes (13) than the long-haired engine hailing from Epsom.