EB’s Toffee Deadline Blog: Steven N’Zonzi Stats/ Analysis

With Fellaini cementing his position as a forward with his strong early season form we need to fill the defensive midfield void he has vacated and N’Zonzi seems to fit the bill.  The Blackburn man is disenchanted working under the colossal ball sack that is Steve Kean and is on the market for £3m which is £2m in Everton money.

Last season N’Zonzi won the most aerials per game for  a midfielder in the top flight (2.8) with a 54% success s rate. His pressing isn’t as good as Fellaini; whilst the Big Belgian managed 7.1 pressing contact per game (tackles, interceptions, fouls) N’Zonzi managed just 4.9, which still isn’t bad. He also bagged 5 assists and a couple of goals as well. His pass completion wasn’t too shabby at 83.5%.

Weakness wise, his first touch doesn’t seem fantastic, also his disciplinary record is pretty dire with 7 bookings last season when he finished as the 11th dirtiest midfielder in the top flight.

EB Verdict; 50/50

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