Originally Posted by eiddyfouw
According to the Fantasy Premier League stats, he was 29th lol. (these stats include, minutes played, goals scored, goals conceded, clean sheets, yellow cards, red cards, penalties made, assists etc)
Top 5 defenders were:
Dude most traditional statistics are worthless. We're really going to use converted penalties and assist to rate the quality of a CB? and there's no point in comparing modern fullbacks with center backs, the vast majority of fullbacks today play more like traditional wingers than defenders.
Advanced performance metrics like Opta Stats aren't perfect yet but they offer much better data points for objectively evaluating players.
Personally I was very impressed with Koscielny last season. Highly mobile, physically strong, good brain and a bit of nastiness to him. Idk if I'd rate him as high as #2 in the EPL but he was definitely in my top 5 at the CB position.
BUT based strictly off Opta stats a strong case can be made that Koscielny was a top 2 CB.
He lead EPL defenders in minutes per tackle, interceptions, and balls won in the defensive third. He also bested Terry in just about every stat except % of Aerial 50-50's won and pass completion %.
Statistically he was a top CB last season. If he replicates the positives from last season, cuts down on the defensive errors, and takes a little bit more care with the ball, he's gonna get his plaudits.
Either way fantastic long term signing for Arsenal.