Leon Osman has been called up to Roy Hodgson’s England team to face Sweden in Stockholm on the 14th November so we have taken a quick look at his form so far this season in the EPL.
The midfielder has been having a fantastic season so far and the Squawka Performance Score has rated him as Everton’s joint second best player this season so far (based on English Premier League games) alongside Steven Pienaar:
Osman’s overall game is yet to dip into negative points in any game:
…however the area he needs to work on most is his defensive play (which you can see from the yellow line above has taken a dip over the last few weeks – granted he produced a great defensive performance against Fulham).
But what does Osaman offer England? Well, he has created 12 chances for his teammates this season in the EPL, all coming from either the center or wide left areas:
There appears to be much more to come from Leon Osman – we know he gets into very good positions and has scored two goals this season (both with his right foot) but he does have quite an average shot accuracy of just 26%:
He also has three yellow cards this season – all for violent play. This tendency needs to be curbed if he is to play a major part in an England campaign.
On a more positive note, his pass accuracy is very high – 88%, essential if Hodgson’s boys are to retain the ball and actually play some football.
Osman tends to win a majority of his duels as well – a welcome addition to a somewhat toothless England midfield:
This call up is not only a positive step for the squad but also great news for Everton as Leon Osamn has worked tirelessly for the past few seasons and fully deserves his chance in the England team.
Next up, Mark Noble….?
The full squad is (click on any player or team link to view their Squawka page with comprehensive stats):
Fraser Forster (Celtic)
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