Winning the ball high up the pitch is a vital part of the modern game, with FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund setting the trend. Read the Premier League’s top 5 here:
5. Tottenham Hotspur
Percentage of play in own half: 25%
Percentage of play in middle third:
Percentage of play in opposition half: 30%
Tackles per game:: 19.9
Tottenham Hotspur have undoubtedly suffered from attempting to bed in a great number of new signings at once, but in the likes of Paulinho, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele and Sandro they have players with plenty of desire to get a challenge in and claim possession.
With the right attacking coaching, there is potential for Spurs to get the best out of a talented squad – even if the current season has been underwhelming so far.