The Jordan Debate – Why The Stats Prove Jordan Ayew Is Unfairly Vilified By Some Ghanaians

The Jordan Debate – Why The Stats Prove Jordan Ayew Is Unfairly Vilified By Some Ghanaians

I have been encouraged to write this essay due to unconditional statements many people have voiced generally on amicable media about Jordan Ayew’s deteriorate though chance to any critical analysis.

I trust that many of these statements are uncomplicated borne out of substantially a entrenched dislike for a footballer or dark ignorance.

Let’s control a small analysis.
Most Saves Made
In a EPL this deteriorate a tip 5 goalkeepers in a joining in terms of saves done are;

  1. Jake Butland of Stoke (144 Saves) – Relegated (19th position)
  2. Lukasz Fabianski of Swansea (137) – Relegated (18th position)
  3. Matt Ryan of Brighton (124) – Survived (15th position)
  4. Jordan Pickford of Everton (121) – survived (8th position)
  5. David De Gea of Manchester United (115) – 2nd place

The tip 2 goalkeepers with a many saves were relegated. This is an denote that a midfield and counterclaim overly unprotected a goalkeepers. It’s no warn that a fans of Swansea voted Fabianski as their actor of a deteriorate and Butland is now England’s series 1 goalkeeper. It’s also not a warn that De Gea is regarded as one of a best goalkeepers in a world.

Penalty Conceded
Both Swansea and West Ham conceded a many penalties with 7 each. Did Jordan minister to a penalties? No.

Goal Scored Contribution by tip 3 idea scorers

It’s also exegetic to note that in terms of idea scored, Swansea and Huddersfield were a worse scoring group in a premier league. Their idea sum of 28 was a lowest.

This is where a statistics get interesting, out of a initial 4 teams where a goalkeepers were overly stretched; Stoke, Swansea, Brighton and Everton a idea grant in terms of a idea placement among a tip 3 players are as follows:

  1. Glen Murray, Brighton – 50%
  2. Jordan Ayew, Swansea – 47.1%
  3. Wayne Rooney, Everton – 43%
  4. Xherdan Shaqiri – 42.1%

As per a data, idea support for Jordan was really limited. For example, while a tip 5 players for Brighton scored 29 goals, a tip 5 for Swansea scored usually 17 goals.

Therefore Jordan had really singular support from teammates in terms of idea scoring threat.

Through Balls
Man City leads a list in terms of by balls with 118 and Swansea is 19th with usually 23 by balls. This is an denote of a border to with that a brazen like Jordan was starved.

Another engaging stats to cruise is a shots per team.

  1. Man City – 665 shots
  2. Liverpool – 638 shots
  3. Tottenham – 622 shots

20. Swansea- 338 shots
Swansea were bottom in terms of shots with usually 338 shots though out of a 338 shots, 103 were on aim while out of Man City’s 665 shots, usually 265 were on target.

Therefore Swansea’s brief to aim ratio of 30.47% is aloft than Man City’s ratio of 39.84%. One cause that’s transparent from a research is that Swansea’s idea hazard was blunt with a group overly reliant on a exploits of Jordan though they had a aloft sharpened correctness from a few shots they managed on target.

Player for Player Analysis (Jordan Ayew, Leroy Sane Sadio Mane)

This deteriorate Jordan was deployed in 4 opposite roles.

For a purpose of this analysis, I’ll review Jordan Ayew with Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane who both play for really attack-minded teams. An research of their positional play also indicates that both Mane and Sane work as partial of a liquid descent aggressive force.

My other proclivity for selecting these players is that they play for tip teams in a EPL and are also generally treasured by Ghanaians.

I will review their descent play, defensive play and discipline.

Jordan Ayew
Leroy Sane
Sadio Mane
Offensive play
Total Team Goals
Percentage of Team Goals scored
Shooting Accuracy
Goals inside a box
Goals outward a box
Defensive Play
Red Card
Yellow Card
Offensive play
It’s engaging to note that Jordan had a improved sharpened correctness than both Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane. He scored 3 goals reduction than both Mane and Sane though as per a stats, Swansea was overly reliant on him. Goal hazard in a Swansea group was bad with Jordan alone obliged for 25% of a team’s goals in a EPL.

Despite a comparatively aloft series of goals Sane and Mane scored, their goals accounted for usually 9.43% and 11.9% of their team’s sum goals. In terms of goals inside a box, 100% of Mane’s goals were inside a box with zero outward a box, 80% of Sane’s goals were also inside a box with 20% outward a box.

Jordan on a other hand, scored 71.42% and 28.57% of his goals inside and outward a box respectively

Defensive Play
Jordan Ayew leads both Leroy Sane and Sadio Mane in terms of tackles (82), interceptions (24) and clearances (17). Leroy Sane available 27 tackles, 13 interceptions, 6 clearances while Mane supposing 28, 9, 7 tackles, interception and clearances respectively.

Jordan is, therefore, a some-more aloft actor in terms of his defensive play.

Ghanaians are discerning to tab Jordan with indiscipline though a annals do not collect him out as such. In a deteriorate he available 1 red label and 1 yellow card. Leroy Sane picked adult 4 yellow cards and Mane picked adult 1 red label and 3 yellow cards. Why are we afterwards discerning to tab Jordan with a indiscipline tag?


  1. Given Jordan’s work rate he would have available most aloft numbers in a group where he didn’t have to supplement defensive duties to his descent roles.
  2. Swansea’s midfield and counterclaim were weak, thereby overly exposing Fabianski. This also meant that forwards had to consistently dump behind to support with defensive duties. That explains Jordan’s high defensive rate as against to a likes of Mane and Sane
  3. With a idea support for about 3 or 4 from colleagues, Swansea would have stayed up.

Jordan’s opening for Swansea this deteriorate was stellar and it was not for zero that his group friends voted him as their best player. His idea of a deteriorate was also a consternation idea combined out of perfect skill, vision, skill and tenacity.

As an zealous football fan, a dislike for Jordan Ayew among some Ghanaians is meaningless and groundless though it’s distinct given a fact that we live in a nation where people can only hatred we for a fun of it.

However, we trust it’s high time we convene behind a stars wherever they might be and give them a indispensable support instead of disparaging them when there’s no justification to do so.

Nana Yaw Kesse is a blogger who writes on selling corporate strategy, sports and other amicable issues focused on Ghana’s corporate and socio-political environment.

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