El Ahmadi has reached 10 appearances for Aston Villa this weekend. And likewise with Ron Vlaar, I plan to analysis the Moroccan’s contribution to Aston Villa so far this season. El Ahmadi has featured in 10 games, played 741 minutes of football with only Delph topping amount of minutes played (780 minutes). Additionally, the midfielder has also scored a goal for Aston Villa. Only Bacuna and Delph (note, Delph’s goal did come from the League Cup) have also scored from midfield. El Ahmadi has also only been booked once.
According to ‘Whoscored’, El Ahmadi currently ranks as Villa’s 8th best player with a rating of 6.88. Overall, El Ahmadi ranks as the 139th best player in the Premier League. His score matches that of Ravel Morrison and is higher than Ben Arfa, McCarthy and Eriksen; however, Peter Whittingham ranks higher than El Ahmadi.
Now I’d like to analysis El Ahmadi’s defensive, offensive and passing statistics in greater detail. Unlike Ron Vlaar, El Ahmadi contributes less to the team but there are aspects of his game where he adds to Aston Villa. Starting with the positives, El Ahmadi offers a threat in attack, on average El Ahmadi manages 1.4 shots on goal (5th best for Villa), in-fact he takes more shots than forward Agbonlahor. One of El Ahmadi’s most impressive statistics is his passing success rate, the Moroccan currently holds the third best passing success rate in Aston Villa (84.2% success rate). Defensively, El Ahmadi has the highest rate of tackles out of all Villa players (4.1 tackles per game). And lastly, El Ahmadi has only been dispossessed off the ball 4 times, 8 players have been dispossessed more than El Ahmadi.
Now on to the negatives, El Ahmadi has struggled to win ariel duels, winning only 3. Also, El Ahmadi is 12th place in regards to interceptions. Only 0.5% of interceptions were made by El Ahmadi, pretty poor for a central midfielder. Despite the fact that El Ahmadi has the most tackles on average, he has also concedes the most fouls per game (2.3 fouls per game). But heres the stat that I’m most disappointed with, El Ahmadi has a high passing success rate, yet he doesn’t create much at all. Only contributing 5 key passes (10th best) and has the 11th lowest passing average (26.1 per game). El Ahmadi has the ability to be the creative player in Villa’s three-man midfield. But it appears as though he chooses simple, straight forward passes rather then the adventures and more dangerous passes.
Writing a viewpoint of El Ahmadi is a little bit more difficult than it was for Vlaar. El Ahmadi has his ups and downs. He is definitely not one of our more consistent players on the pitch, yet has already notched 10 appearances. It’s quite notable in the statistics that El Ahmadi doesn’t offer much defensively, but can offer more offensively. El Ahmadi can score goals, he has a good shot and has the ability to make good, creative passes. That’s what I want to see more from El Ahmadi.