Watford break PSG record, relegated Burnley conceded fewer than Man United, Milner still proves worth

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

Heavy favorites Manchester City eventually edged out Liverpool to lift the title after a thrilling comeback win over Aston Villa.

Manchester City won the title on a dramatic final day

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Manchester City won the title on a dramatic final day

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

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

Meanwhile, Tottenham ruthlessly dispatched of 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 up and send Burnley down.

Now that the dust has just about settled, there’s a few things fans might have missed in the mayhem!

Here, talkSPORT.com looks five at the strangest stats to have emerged from a thrilling Premier League campaign…

A Game

Watford may have been relegated but there is one thing they stand above the whole of Europe at – nutmegs!

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 meg haul for Paris Saint-Germain in 2020/21.

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

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

Watford may have joined Norwich and Burnley in going down to the Championship but they sure did it in style…

Dennis whipped out more nutmegs than the entire Burnley squad COMBINED

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Dennis whipped out 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, famously, one of the fittest.

And at 36 years old, he has finished another season having won possession in the final third the most for every 90 minutes.

The midfielder, who has even deputised at full-back this season, is joint top with Liverpool’s engine Roberto Firmino on 1.8.

Milner is out of contract this summer, but Liverpool have already offered him an extension as clearly he’s not done yet!

Klopp still sees Milner as an integral part of his team

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Klopp still sees Milner as an integral part of his team

Possession won in the final third per 90 minutes

James Milner (1.8)

Roberto Firmino (1.8)

Armando Broja (1.4)

Kevin De Bruyne (1.3)

Daniel Podence (1.3)

Ibrahima Diallo (1.2)

Devil to Pay

Maybe this won’t be very surprising to Manchester United fans to find out that relegated Burnley actually conceded fewer goals than them this season.

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

David de Gea was actually third for most saves made in the Premier League on 128 but still could not stop 57 shots finding the net.

Only Leicester in the top seven shipped more while in contrast 18th placed Burnley only let in 53 goals on their way down.

Ten Hag takes over a Man United side who leaked goals

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Ten Hag takes over a Man United side who leaked goals

Eagle Assist

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

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

Expected Assists measure the likelihood that a pass will become a goal and Olise is in good company with 0.28 per 90 minutes.

The 20-year-old is the only player among the top 12 to be from a club that did not finish in the top five in the Premier League.

Olise ended up with five registered assists but that number could rocket if Crystal Palace’s frontmen have their shooting boots on next term.

Olise looks to have a massive career ahead of him at club and international level

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Olise looks to have a massive career ahead of him at club and international level

Premier League Expected assist (xA) per 90

Trent Alexander-Arnold (0.41)

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Kevin De Bruyne (0.31)

Michael 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)


On the Mark

Much-maligned Brazilian Fred wouldn’t be fans’ first choice when discussing which player has the best aim in the Premier League.

But in fact, no one in England’s top flight that took over 10 shots this season managed to get more on target than the United man.

The 29-year-old boasted a United-best four goals this term after directing nine of his 15 attempts in between the sticks.

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

Now you might say that unfair because those players clearly shoot more so have a higher tendency to miss so how about Edinson Cavani?

The veteran striker only took three more shots all season in the Premier League than Fred and yet leaves Old Trafford with a 33.3 percent haul.

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