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Premier League 2023-24: The season’s stat leaders

The Premier League is over for another season and 2023-24 has been another fascinating campaign of top-flight action.

Following the conclusion of the campaign, we’ve looked at the statistical leaders from the Premier League season.

All stats from fbref.com.

Goals – Erling Haaland, Manchester City (27)

Erling Haaland became the seventh player to retain the Premier League’s Golden Boot after leading the league for goals in 2023-24.

The Manchester City forward scored 27 times in the Premier League, five more than nearest challenger Cole Palmer. He has now scored 63 goals in 66 league appearances since arriving at the Etihad.

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Assists – Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa (13)

Ollie Watkins won the Premier League’s Playmaker of the Season award after recording 13 assists.

Watkins produced the best goalscoring and goal-creating numbers of his career to lead Aston Villa to a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. He is just the second Englishman to win the Playmaker Award since its official introduction in 2017-18, after Harry Kane (2020-21).

Clean sheets – David Raya, Arsenal (16)

David Raya overcame a shaky start at Arsenal to win the Premier League’s Golden Glove. The Spanish shot-stopper recorded 16 clean sheets behind the division’s best defence, as Arsenal conceded just 29 times in the Premier League.

Raya is the third Spaniard to win the Golden Glove, after Liverpool’s Pepe Reina (3) and Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Saves – Andre Onana, Manchester United (146)

No goalkeeper in the Premier League made more saves than Andre Onana in 2023-24. The Cameroonian was criticised during a difficult debut season at Manchester United, though was forced into action than he would have liked.

Only Sheffield United (17.8) conceded more shots per game than Manchester United (17.6). Onana, to his credit, also led the Premier League for save percentage (74.9%).

Chances created – Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United (114)

Is Bruno Fernandes underrated? The Manchester United midfielder polarises opinion but continues to produce elite numbers in a dysfunctional side. For the third time in four seasons, Fernandes has topped the Premier League for chances created, while he finished second in the standings in the only season he did not top this metric.

Creating a forward line that can benefit from his creativity should be high on the agenda for the Red Devils.

Crosses – Alfie Doughty, Luton (340)

Alfie Doughty was a bright light in Luton’s season as The Hatters returned to the top division for the first time since 1992.

The left-back scored twice and provided eight assists, with his set-piece threat crucial to Luton’s campaign. He recorded a mammoth 340 crosses, 102 more than the next-highest player in Brighton’s Pascal Gross, and will be an attractive option for Premier League clubs this summer after Luton’s relegation on the final weekend.

Tackles – Joao Palhinha, Fulham (152)

Joao Palhinha has been a ball-winning machine since signing for Fulham, topping the Premier League for tackles in consecutive campaigns.

After a big-money move to Bayern Munich fell through last summer, don’t be surprised to see top teams take an interest in the Portugal international once again.

Clearances – Joachim Andersen, Crystal Palace (207)

Joachim Andersen is one of those unusual players who rarely gets mentioned with a transfer, despite continued excellence at Crystal Palace. The Denmark international led the league for clearances in 2023-24, while his long-range distribution from deep has been a weapon for the Eagles.

The 27-year-old scooped Palace’s Players’ Player of the Season award alongside Jean-Philippe Mateta after another standout season at Selhurst Park.

Interceptions – Antonee Robinson, Fulham (80)

Antonee Robinson might just have been the outstanding left-back of the Premier League season.

The Fulham defender led the Premier League for interceptions (80) and was the best-performing left-back in terms of open-play chances created, successful crosses, duels won, progressive carries and passes into the final third.

Underrated.

Aerial duals won – Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool and James Tarkowski, Everton (140)

There was something in the Merseyside air this season.

Two commanding centre-backs, to be precise.

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk and Everton’s James Tarkowski topped the league for aerial duels won (140), while the former had the highest success rate (81.4%) in aerial contests among all players.

 

Successful take-ons – Mohammed Kudus, West Ham (124)

West Ham fans have often been on their feet this season in applause for Mohammed Kudus, with the summer signing box-office on occasion during his debut campaign.

Signed from Ajax last summer, Kudus has carried the ball confidently all season, leading the Premier League for successful take-ons (124), having led Dutch football on the same metric in 2022-23.

Eredivisie imports can be hit-and-miss but the Hammers have unearthed a gem in the Ghanaian.

Fouls drawn – Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle (108)

Bruno Guimaraes has been tough to stop this season, so much so that opposition players have resorted to underhand tactics. The Brazil midfielder has been the most fouled player in the Premier League in 2023-24, and the only player to have drawn over a century of fouls.

Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew (94) and West Ham’s Mohammed Kudus (74) complete the top three.

Read – Our Premier League end-of-season awards for 2023/24

See more – Our Premier League Team of the Season for 2023/24

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