Why Jordan Henderson should be in the PFA TOTS

Jordan Henderson has played a vital role in Jurgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 system playing a holding midfielder – retaining possession, breaking up opposition play and offering a blanket to the shaky defence.

Injured throughout parts of the season, Henderson was maybe not given the look-in he deserved in the PFA Team of the Season (TOTS) however, stats show he should certainly have been in with a shout.

Henderson has the second most (to Idrissa Gueye) tackles per game in the Premier League this season, coming in at 3.7 tackles per game. This is 0.2 tackles more than PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante.

There’s also the myth that Henderson only passes laterally, however 67% of his passes are forward, more than PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA TOTS player, Dele Alli.

When it comes to pass accuracy, Henderson has a better pass accuracy (%) than Kevin De Bruyne, Alli and Christian Eriksen with a pass accuracy of 87%.

Total passes are also in favour of Henderson, as he has 2,057. This is third behind Paul Pogba (2,139, 74 passes per game) and Cesar Azpilicueta (2,095, 63 passes per game). However, if Henderson played the same number of games as Pogba (29), Henderson is projected to have made 2,486 passes, nearly 350 more passes than the Frenchman.

Henderson also proves himself a creative player despite being a deep-lying midfielder. Henderson has created 1.13 key passes per game, nearly twice as good as Kante, who only creates 0.59 key passes per game.

To conclude, Jordan Henderson should have gotten a place – or at least more of an argument – in the PFA TOTS due to his performances and his leadership on the field; as without him, Liverpool would not be in contention for a Champions League place like they are now.

Elliot Lee

References:

http://www.squawka.com/players/jordan-henderson/stats#avg.-pass-length#liverpool-(current)#english-barclays-premier-league#8#season-2016/2017#641#all-matches#1-34#average

http://www.squawka.com/players/paul-pogba/stats#total-chances-created#manchester-united-(current)#english-barclays-premier-league#8#season-2016/2017#641#all-matches#1-32#type

http://www.squawka.com/players/ngolo-kante/stats#total-chances-created#chelsea-(current)#english-barclays-premier-league#8#season-2016/2017#641#all-matches#1-33#type

http://www.squawka.com/players/kevin-de-bruyne/stats#performance-score#sv-werder-bremen-(current)#german-bundesliga#22#season-2012/2013#5#all-matches#1-33#by-match

http://www.squawka.com/players/dele-alli/stats#performance-score#tottenham-hotspur-(current)#english-barclays-premier-league#8#season-2016/2017#641#all-matches#1-33#by-match

https://www.premierleague.com/stats

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