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Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself


The Premier League served up several twists on the final day of the 2021/22 season to cap another superb campaign.

Big favorites Manchester City finally edged past Liverpool to claim the title after a thrilling win over Aston Villa.

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Manchester City clinched the title on a dramatic final day

Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself

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Salah won the Golden Boot and the Playmaker award but missed out on the title

Meanwhile, Tottenham ruthlessly dispatched Norwich to dispel any chance of a miracle for Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League.

And at the bottom of the table, Leeds pulled off a brilliant escape to stay on their feet and send Burnley down.

Now that the dust has pretty much settled, there are a few things fans may have missed in the chaos!

Here talkSPORT.com takes a look at five of the weirdest stats to emerge from a thrilling Premier League campaign…

A game

Watford may have been relegated but there is one thing they stand above all of Europe – nutmeg!

The Hornets’ tally of 70 nutmegs this season – the act of dribbling the ball through an opponent’s legs – shattered Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and co’s 62 megas for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020/21.

Admittedly, Emmanuel Denis and Joao Pedro contributed to the half themselves with 21 and 13 nutmegs respectively in the Premier League.

But the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose and even one of Tom Cleverley helped make at least one somewhat memorable season.

Watford may have joined Norwich and Burnley on their way to the Championship, but they certainly did it in style…

Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself

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Dennis has released more nutmegs than the entire Burnley squad COMBINED

forever Young

James Milner is not only one of the most experienced players in the Premier League, but also one of the fittest.

And at 36, he ended another season having won the most possession in the final third in every 90 minutes.

The midfielder, who has even deputized at the back this season, is co-top with Liverpool powerhouse Roberto Firmino on 1.8.

Milner is out of contract this summer, but Liverpool have already offered him an extension because he clearly isn’t done yet!

Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself

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Klopp still sees Milner as an integral part of his team

Possession gained in the final third every 90 minutes

James Milner (1.8)

Roberto Firmino (1.8)

Armand Broja (1.4)

Kevin De Bruyne (1.3)

Daniel Podence (1.3)

Ibrahima Diallo (1.2)

Devil to pay

It might not come as much of a surprise to Manchester United fans to discover that relegated Burnley have actually conceded fewer goals than them this season.

But considering the Red Devils brought in World Cup winner Raphael Varane last summer to link up with the world’s most expensive defender Harry Maguire, it’s quite shocking.

David de Gea was actually third for most saves made in the Premier League on 128 but still couldn’t prevent 57 shots from finding the net.

Only Leicester in the top seven have dispatched more while 18th-placed Burnley have scored just 53 goals going down.

Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself

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Ten Hag takes control of a Man United team that leaked goals

Eagle Assist

Michael Olise had better expected assist stats (xA) than all but Trent Alexander-Arnold (0.41) and Kevin De Bruyne (0.28) this season.

Salah might have won the playmaker award for his 13 Premier League assists but the Egyptian is in fifth place for xA.

Expected assists measure the likelihood of an assist becoming a goal and Olise is in good company with 0.28 per 90 minutes.

The 20-year-old is the only top-12 player to come from a club that didn’t finish in the Premier League top five.

Olise found himself with five registered assists, but that number could skyrocket if the Crystal Palace playmakers have their shooting boots next term.

Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded less than Man United, Milner still proves himself

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Olise appears to have a huge career ahead of him at club and international level

Premier League Expected Assist (xA) for 90

Trent Alexandre-Arnold (0.41)

Kevin De Bruyne (0.31)

Michel Olise (0.28)

Mason Mount (0.26)

Mohamed Salah (0.24)

Reece James (0.23)

Riyad Mahrez (0.23)

Phil Foden (0.22)

Bukayo Saka (0.21)

Hakim Ziyech (0.21)


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Much-maligned Brazilian Fred would not be the fans’ first choice when discussing which player has the best goal in the Premier League.

But in fact, no one in the English top flight who has taken more than 10 shots this season has managed to do more than the United man.

The 29-year-old has scored United’s four best goals this season after heading nine of his 15 attempts between the sticks.

His success rate of 60% eclipses Golden Boot winner Salah (36%) and Red Devils top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (36%).

Now you could say that’s unfair because these players are clearly shooting more and therefore more likely to miss, so what about Edinson Cavani?

The veteran striker has taken just three more shots all season in the Premier League than Fred and yet leaves Old Trafford with 33.3% winnings.

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