Can Ekstein be­come Chiefs’ new mid­field gen­eral?

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Based on sta­tis­tics from Ekstein’s per­for­mances last sea­son, it seems the 26-year-old still has a lot to do to ful­fil his un­de­ni­able po­ten­tial. His 2016/17 Absa Premier­ship num­bers read as fol­lows:

Sta­tis­tics sum­mary…

Ekstein may look busy on the pitch, but the num­bers re­veal his dis­plays are not as ef­fec­tive as they could be. De­spite have the sec­ond-best fi­nal third pass­ing ac­cu­racy (84.3%) in the league last year, the mid­fielder failed to reg­is­ter an as­sist all sea­son, a sign that those fi­nal third passes were in­ef­fec­tive in help­ing the strik­ers find the back of the net. How­ever, a counter ar­gu­ment is that the at­tack­ers failed to con­vert the op­por­tu­ni­ties he cre­ated. Av­er­ag­ing 62 touches and 53 passes per game, only 27.6% of those passes were in the fi­nal third, while he only av­er­aged 0.6 crosses into the box per game, and only 1,24 shots at goal per 90 min­utes. Ekstein also strug­gled de­fen­sively, mak­ing just 1.98 tack­les per game and win­ning just 1.4 of them on aver­age.

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