West Ham’s Kevin Nolan: Season-to-season comparison

Kevin Nolan has obviously been suffering this season without Andy Carroll, and with his manager’s insistence on trying to turn him into a centre-forward.

Here are his statistics so far this season, alongside those from 2012/13:

– Scored 10 goals from 35 starts last season, compared with 1 from 13 this year.

– Has provided 2 assists so far, as many as during the whole of 12/13.

– Is currently averaging fewer shots per game (1.8 vs 2.2).

– Completing more of his passes (81.2% vs 78.7%).

– Won 18 aerial duels last season, and has already won 10 so far this season.

– Averaging 1.8 successful tackles this season, 0.1 per game more than 12/13.

– Making marginally more interceptions per game (1.2 vs 0.9).

– Averaging exactly the same number of defensive-clearances (1.3/game).

– Averaging fewer average passes per game (22.1 vs 29.1).

– Creating more average chances per game this season (1.1 vs 0.8).

– Completing fewer average long-passes per game (0.8 vs 1.1).

– Completed 7 crosses last season, but is yet to complete one in 13/14.

– Is being fouled more often per game this season (0.7 vs 0.4).

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