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Super Eagles Star, Alex Iwobi Named Third Best U-25 Midfielder In Europe!
By Chioma Okwu

Nigerian international, Alex Iwobi has been named the third best U-25 midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues in one key stat. 

The footballers were ranked according to their ages, minutes played and the contributions made from open play for their respective teams.

According to the data, the Super Eagles attacker's contribution in open play with Arsenal is currently at 0.43, with 1,242 minutes played so far this season. 



Though the Gunners’ number 17 had been criticized in recent games, especially against Manchester City on Sunday, a new performance indicator published by Ashwin Raman of Football Whispers suggested the Super Eagles star had lived up to expectations this season. 

Raman analyzed the matches in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A; using advanced stats and had ranked the top 20 midfielders and attacking midfielders with 850+ minutes for open play xG+xA/90.

It is a methodology of giving marks to each shot or pass and adding them to get a number, showing how much a player could / should have been decisive, on average per match.

The top midfielder is Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers (0.47) followed by RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer (0.43), then Iwobi at 0.43. 

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli (0.42) and Man City’s Bernardo Silva (0.42) completed the top five.

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