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Aguero and Silva reflect decade of City dominance

31 Dec 2019
Sergio Aguero and David Silva, Manchester City

A look back at the last 10 years shows Manchester City's stars shining brightest in the Premier League

As the decade draws to a close there can be no doubt which team have been the dominant force in the Premier League over the last 10 years.

Manchester City have been crowned champions on the most occasions over that time-frame, winning the title four times.

And only Manchester United, with 255 victories in the 2000s, have won more top-flight league matches in England within a single decade than Man City did in the 2010s, with 251.

Titles won 2009/10-2018/19
Club Titles
Man City 4
Chelsea 3
Man Utd 2
Leicester 1

In the 2010s, there were 3,803 Premier League matches played, with 10,439 goals scored overall - an average of 2.74 goals per match (gpm).

That total is higher than the 2000s, which returned an average of 2.60gpm, and the 1990s, which returned 2.61gpm from 15 August 1992, when the Premier League began, to 31 December 1999.

City stars

There were many superb performers in the 2010s but two players in particular emerged as two of the greatest to grace the competition: Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Since the start of 2010, Aguero has scored the most goals, found the net in the most matches and returned the highest number of goal involvements.

His total of 174 goals was more than the highest in the 2000s, Thierry Henry with 169, and the 1990s, Alan Shearer with 167 from August 1992.

Aguero scored in 124 matches in the decade in the Premier League, 30 more than his closest challenger, Harry Kane.

Top scorers this decade
Player Goals
Sergio Aguero 174
Harry Kane 136
Wayne Rooney 114
Romelu Lukaku 113
Robin van Persie 98

David Silva has also been instrumental in City's success.

Over the last 10 years his 89 assists are 27 more than that of his closest challenger, Christian Eriksen, and the chances he has created are even further off the scale.

The Spaniard has conjured 768 goalscoring opportunities, 173 more than his closest rival in this category, Eden Hazard. His 15,730 successful passes also make him a leader in his field.

Top assists this decade
Player Assists
David Silva 89
Christian Eriksen 62
Kevin De Bruyne 58
Cesc Fabregas 55
Eden Hazard/Wayne Rooney 54
Top chance creators this decade
Player Chances created
David Silva 768
Eden Hazard 595
Christian Eriksen 565
Mesut Ozil 546
Leighton Baines 506

Hazard also lit up the Premier League during his seven seasons at Chelsea. He completed the most dribbles, with 909, and drew the most fouls, with 638.

Top successful dribblers this decade
Player Dribbles
Eden Hazard 909
Wilfried Zaha 724
Raheem Sterling 546
Mousa Dembele 533
Sergio Aguero 501

With 308 appearances, Jordan Henderson played the most Premier League matches in the decade, one more than his Liverpool team-mate James Milner and two more than Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, who produced the most saves with 996.

Petr Cech boasts the most clean sheets, with 107 garnered from his time at Chelsea and Arsenal. He is partly indebted to former Arsenal team-mate Laurent Koscielny, who made the most interceptions with 697.

Most clean sheets this decade
Player Clean sheets
Petr Cech 107
Joe Hart 105
David De Gea 103
Hugo Lloris 87
Simon Mignolet 80

Another Arsenal man to catch the eye is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Although he only joined the Gunners in January 2018, his tally of 45 goals from 178 shots has given him the best shot-conversion percentage, 25.3 per cent, of any player to have scored at least 25 goals.

He is narrowly ahead of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who at the start of the decade was plying his trade for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the Northern Premier League, the seventh tier of the English football pyramid.

Best shot conversion this decade
Player Shot conv. rate
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 25.3%
Jamie Vardy 23.4%
Chicharito 22.5%
Chris Wood 20.7%
Diego Costa 20.4%

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