01.04.16

BLOG: Assessing aerial performance across European leagues

Article by Todd Kingston

Back in March, Todd Kingston introduced a new way to evaluate aerial performance in Major League Soccer. Todd’s analysis on applying Elo ratings can be read here. The blog also included graphics showcasing where the majority of aerials are contested and the outcome.

In this follow-up, Todd applies this metric to the top five leagues across Europe this season.

Bundesliga

Rank Player Team Elo rating Aerials Won Rate
1 Stefan Kießling Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1620.42 306 173 57%
2 Joel Matip FC Schalke 04 1618.04 128 97 76%
3 Marcelo Hannover 96 1614.3 125 95 76%
4 Alexander Meier Eintracht Frankfurt 1599.29 176 103 59%
5 Benjamin Hübner FC Ingolstadt 04 1597.56 183 129 70%
6 Caiuby FC Augsburg 1595.18 256 144 56%
7 Salif Sané Hannover 96 1593.38 217 146 67%
8 Naldo VfL Wolfsburg 1584.35 135 92 68%
9 Jonathan Tah Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1584.18 135 97 72%
10 Mathew Leckie FC Ingolstadt 04 1581.86 289 139 48%
11 Peter Niemeyer SV Darmstadt 98 1579.67 173 108 62%
12 Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund 1576.8 151 107 71%
13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting FC Schalke 04 1572.46 105 64 61%
14 Bas Dost VfL Wolfsburg 1572.16 93 54 58%
15 Sokratis Borussia Dortmund 1571.15 120 85 71%
16 Anthony Modeste 1.FC Koln 1565.5 277 145 52%
17 Aytac Sulu SV Darmstadt 98 1565.28 116 76 66%
18 Cléber Hamburger SV 1564.11 82 57 70%
19 Santiago Garcia SV Werder Bremen 1560.36 151 94 62%
20 Jonas Hector 1.FC Koln 1559.15 120 78 65%

La Liga

Rank Player Team Elo rating Aerials Won Rate
1 Deyverson Levante 1623.31 197 117 59%
2 Aduriz Athletic Club 1614.59 252 146 58%
3 Manucho Rayo Vallecano 1603.77 112 71 63%
4 Weligton Málaga 1586.52 99 77 78%
5 Steve N’Zonzi Sevilla 1579.92 80 59 74%
6 Diego Godin Atlético de Madrid 1578.46 129 83 64%
7 Shkodran Mustafi Valencia CF 1569.25 98 71 72%
8 Grzegorz Krychowiak Sevilla 1568.73 90 65 72%
9 Mate Simao Levante 1565.99 117 80 68%
10 Yuri Real Sociedad 1563.31 66 49 74%
11 Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club 1560.72 77 55 71%
12 San José Athletic Club 1560 114 79 69%
13 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 1557.87 91 51 56%
14 Fernando Llorente Sevilla 1554.06 93 53 57%
15 Raúl García Athletic Club 1553.51 154 82 53%
16 Giménez Atlético de Madrid 1553.33 74 50 67%
17 Alvaro Negredo Valencia CF 1552.63 114 61 54%
18 Adil Rami Sevilla 1552.19 65 45 69%
19 Raúl Albentosa Málaga 1551.53 60 42 70%
20 Vincente Iborra Sevilla 1551.1 101 59 58%

Ligue 1

Rank Player Team Elo rating Aerials Won Rate
1 Cheikh Ndoye Angers 1657.56 248 166 67%
2 Ronny Rodelin Caen 1606.64 187 114 61%
3 Paul Baysse Nice 1583.84 143 100 70%
4 Moustapha Diallo Guingamp 1581.5 153 104 68%
5 William Remy Montpellier 1581.06 86 66 77%
6 Andy Delort Caen 1579.17 250 135 54%
7 Adama Sournaoro Lille 1577.24 96 72 75%
8 Maxime Gonalons Lyon 1576.55 112 81 72%
9 Kolbeinn Sigthorsson Nantes 1576.11 197 106 54%
10 Clément Chantôme Bordeaux 1574.07 145 100 69%
11 Bryan Dabo Montpellier 1573.44 106 68 64%
12 Sloan Privat Guingamp 1572.9 164 89 54%
13 Antoine Devaux Reims 1572.16 95 64 67%
14 Renato Civelli Lille 1569.84 148 100 68%
15 Marko Basa Lille 1568.6 43 36 84%
16 Samuel Umtiti Lyon 1564.26 98 70 71%
17 Cheikh M’Bengue Rennes 1562.7 67 50 75%
18 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain 1560.99 50 33 66%
19 Fallow Diagne Rennes 1559.52 57 44 77%
20 Guido Carrillo Monaco 1559.8 154 81 53%

Premier League

Rank Player Teams Elo rating Aerials Won Rate
1 Rudy Gestede Aston Villa 1641.67 297 173 58%
2 Virgil van Dijk Southampton 1622.59 186 138 74%
3 Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace 1592.12 99 73 74%
4 Troy Deeney Watford 1589.95 363 187 52%
5 Dejan Lovren Liverpool 1586.52 81 66 81%
6 Graziano Pellè Southampton 1585.6 171 95 56%
7 Craig Dawson West Bromwich Albion 1585.14 143 90 63%
8 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 1581.73 150 81 54%
9 Steve Cook Bournemouth 1572.31 158 106 67%
10 Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea 1570.95 103 70 68%
11 Kurt Zouma Chelsea 1570.34 94 66 70%
12 Jose Fonte Southampton 1569.71 115 80 70%
13 Vincent Kompany Manchester City 1565.56 38 33 87%
14 Sebastien Bassong Norwich City 1565.41 115 82 71%
15 Christian Benteke Liverpool 1564.78 200 114 57%
16 Micah Richards Aston Villa 1564.11 82 58 71%
17 Scott Dann Crystal Palace 1562.14 147 87 59%
18 Robert Huth Leicester City 1562.08 157 98 62%
19 Nicolás Otamendi Manchester City 1560.29 117 78 67%
20 Per Mertesacker Arsenal 1554.55 59 45 76%

Serie A

Rank Player Teams Elo rating Aerials Won Rate
1 Leonardo Pavoletti Genoa 1595.53 158 87 55%
2 Kostas Manolas Roma 1583.76 106 78 74%
3 Sergej Milinković-Savić Lazio 1580.74 148 89 60%
4 Simone Missiroli Sassuolo 1578.68 110 75 68%
5 Federico Peluso Sassuolo 1578.66 80 58 73%
6 Mario Mandzukic Juventus 1570.94 82 51 62%
7 Riccardo Meggiorini Chievo 1568.59 126 70 56%
8 Faouzi Ghoulam Napoli 1567.99 88 63 72%
9 Daniel Ciofani Frosinone 1567.45 174 82 47%
10 Alex Milan 1563.5 83 57 69%
11 Raúl Albiol Napoli 1561.41 143 99 69%
12 Paul Pogba Juventus 1561.03 85 55 65%
13 Andrea Ranocchia Internazionale 1558.99 49 37 76%
14 Davide Astori Fiorentina 1558 72 53 74%
15 Luca Rossettini Bologna 1555.44 81 53 65%
16 Lucas Castro Chievo 1554.44 88 51 58%
17 Sime Vrsaljko Sassuolo 1554.29 89 62 70%
18 Juraj Kucka Milan 1551.98 82 52 63%
19 Edin Dzeko Roma 1551.14 177 90 51%
20 Miranda Interazionale 1548.76 74 52 70%

 

Back to analysis