Proof that Liverpool player is the best Premier League signing of the year
By Alex Stevens
Sadio Mane has topped the table of the best Premier League summer signings, according to a formula devised by an English newspaper.
Boffins from The Times have extensively calculated the effectiveness of every senior player snapped up by the 20 top-flight clubs during the summer window.
The have concluded that Liverpool winger Mane has contributed more than any of the other 100 or so men snapped up by the Premier League outfits.
“The table attempts to measure the total impact made by each player in the league, as opposed to his average contribution per game,” report the Times. “Minutes played, goals scored, chances created, interceptions and saves have been taken into account, while points have also been allocated according to success rate in duels, which covers dribbles, tackles and 50-50 challenges.”
The Times adds that points are lost for missing a “big scoring chance” (as defined by Opta) and for committing fouls and receiving yellow and red cards. For goalkeepers and defenders, the number of goals conceded by their team when they were playing is taken into account.
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Mane tops the table with 408 points, placing him 35 points clear of Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso and also ahead of the Manchester United pair of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (350) and Paul Pogba (335).
Mane was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a fee rising to £38million and has made a massive impact in an electrifying front line assembled by manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 24-year-old has scored eight league goals and supplied five assists from 17 Premier League starts and has created 29 chances as well as having an excellent duels record.
The Senegal international will be sorely missed when he links up with his country at the African Cup of Nations next month, but is available for Saturday evening’s mouthwatering Premier League showdown against Manchester City at Anfield.
The Times top ten: 1. Sadio Mane (Liverpool); 2. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea); 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United; 4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United; 5. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace); 6. Antonio Barragan (Middlesbrough); 7. David Luiz (Chelsea); 8. Joe Allen (Stoke); Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough); 10. Matt Phillips (West Brom).
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Guardian report has named the three players Klopp will sign in the January window.