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Premier League 2019-20 | Ireland's statistical leaders so far

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

04:33 26 Nov 2019

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We are now beyond a third of the way through the Premier League season.

Thirteen games in and Liverpool hold a sizeable eight-point lead at the top over surprise package Leicester City.

Indeed, Liverpool's points gap to mid-table is cavernous. So much so that Manchester United's deficit to Liverpool (20) is already more than the total points Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have collected (17). Arsenal are also only a point better off than United.

Both are also miles away from the Top 4 at present. Chelsea occupy the final Champions League slot for now but are already seven points clear of fifth-placed Wolves.

But how have Irish players fared in terms of basic statistics in the Premier League this season?

Goals and Assists

Conor Hourihane scored Aston Villa's opener last night against Newcastle. It's the midfielder's second goal of the campaign. But it also puts him joint-top of the Irish scoring charts in the Premier League.

Also on two goals are Burnley's Jeff Hendrick and Brighton youngster Aaron Connolly, who scored both of his against Tottenham prior to the October international fixtures.

Callum Robinson, Matt Doherty and Shane Duffy have also weighed in with a goal each.

Hourihane is also joint-top of the assists table as well as Irish leader in terms of key passes. He got one against Newcastle on Monday night that moves him onto two for the season.

Sheffield United left-back Enda Stevens also joins him on two, including one in their impressive draw at Chelsea earlier in the campaign.

His Blades colleagus Robinson, David McGoldrick and Everton captain Seamus Coleman are the only other Irish players to register assists this campaign.

Game-Time and Discipline

Game-time is also an important area to look out for when it comes to Ireland duty. As Mick McCarthy intimated in many press conferences, it has a huge bearing on his selection decisions. Ever-present players in the Premier League have featured for 1,170 minutes each this campaign - excluding stoppage time. For example, Andy Robertson and David De Gea have both played the full 90 minutes in the 13 league games. They are among 34 players to do that in 2019-20.

The only Boy in Green, however, to hit that upper limit is Stevens. His Sheffield team-mate John Egan is the next Irishman on the list, having featured in 12 of 13 games for a total of 1,069 minutes. No other Ireland players have reached the 1,000 minutes mark.

Meanwhile, McGoldrick has made the most fouls per game which in one way shows the shift he puts in up front. But Hendrick and Coleman have the joint-most yellow cards with three each. However, Coleman is the only Irish player sent off this season from a total of 12 players.

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