Everton's Vital Statistics
Blues stats against Norwich highlight entry into new era.
Football's much loved numbers game suggests that Roberto Martinez's ball-playing philosophy has already been embraced by Everton's players.
The opening game of the season may have ended 2-2 after a fortuitous Norwich equaliser but the stats which emerged afterwards suggested the Blues' new boss and his coaching team are already successfully applying their beliefs on how the game should be played.
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With every Premier League team now having played once, statistics have shown that it was Everton who enjoyed the most possession of any side on the opening weekend.
The Toffees were on the ball 61 per cent of the time against the Canaries, more than Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
And only City - who played over half of their win against Newcastle against 10 men - managed more passes, with Everton's tally of 519 outstripping other sides deemed by many to be title challengers. The tally was also double that of our Norfolk opponents.
That stacked up to a pass completion rate of over 91 per cent - a marked improvement on last season's average of 79 per cent.
The Blues' star performer was Ross Barkley, with the goalscoring teenager's manager extolling his all-round performance after the game.
Again the stats back the boss. Barkley completed an outstanding 88 per cent of his 53 passes, as well as winning all of his three tackles.
The efforts of his midfield cohorts were also highlighted by the numbers; Marouane Fellaini completed 94 per cent of his 80 passes, while 96 per cent of Leon Osman's 69 passes found their intended target.
Graeme Jones, Martinez's number two and the man charged with leading many of the Blues training sessions, told evertontv the figures backed up his belief that the players are revelling in a new footballing ethos.
He explained: "They are encouraging signs. We had the best completion rate in the Premier League, which is more pertinent for us because having possession is one thing but keeping the ball against 11 men is another.
"There were a lot of pleasing things. Forty-nine days' work have gone into that and for the players to take the concepts on board and apply them to a Premier League game in the manner they did is very pleasing.
"That is a representation of how they work every day and how they are challenged to work every day. The manager and myself pride ourselves on a lot of technical work and I think that showed."
To see what else Jones had to say about Saturday's stats and this weekend's visit of West Bromwich Albion, watch the video above*.
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