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Who are the English league’s most improved players?

10 July 2017
The official '16/’17 season of the Premier League and Championship ended on the 1st of July. A great time to look back one more time before we start off with an exciting new season, and honour those who outperformed the rest. We know the scores, but what players showed the most improvement during the season?
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This individual accolade is not based on which player became the most famous, more valuable, scored most goals, etc. Taking into account data collected from games all-around the season, Remiqz’ software analyses players based on their football intelligence. With these algorithms, an evaluation of the players’ performance (EuroPlayerIndex) in the previous seasons is put against the recently ended one. By subtracting the total difference in team performance (EuroClubIndex), it leaves us with the players who stand out over their teammates and are the winners of the Remiqz MIP Awards.


The winners for the Premier League are:

Victor Moses                          1.528                          374                             1154

The 26 year-old Nigerian had an impressive 2498 minutes of play for Chelsea FC in the 2016/17 season. Moses made a total of 34 appearances in the Premier League. Manning the Right Wing, the player’s value went up and it is predicted that is will increase further after last season.

Adama Traoré                        942                             -161                            1103

Adama Traore is one of the most upcoming midfielders. Hailing from Spain, the 21 year-old right-wing can also occupy the left-wing and attacking midfield effortlessly. During the 2016/17 season, he made 27 appearances and had 2 wins whilst making 11 shots with 2 of them being on target.

Eldin Jakupovic                     1.007                          -79                              1086

Jakupovic hit his highest market value in the recently ended season. He made 22 appearances and came out with 5 clean sheets, 8 wins and 10 losses. The keeper saved 2 penalties and 74 saves. He made a total of 228 goal kicks and 90 throw outs.

Joel Robles                               975                             62                               913     

Robles dazzled his way into the EPL as a goalkeeper of note. Robles managed 10 clean sheets out of his 20 appearances in the recently ended season. The keeper managed to secure an assist whilst bagging 54 saves.

Lee Grant                                  813                             -98                              911

Having reached his highest market value due to his good season, Grant was one of the most spectacular goalkeepers in the 2016/17 season. With 9 clean sheets out of 28 appearances, the keeper came out with 91 saves and 91 punches.

Marcos Alonso                       1.283                          374                             908     

The 26 year-old left back reached his highest market value during the 2016/17 season. Alonso can also field as a center-back and left midfield. He played a key role, scoring 6 goals in 31 appearances.

Harry Maguire                          720                             -79                              799

Maguire thrives as a right back but can also play the position of right-back really well. Aged 24, the player managed to blossom into a player of note in the 2016/17 season.

Alfie Mawson                           665                             -109                            775

The Englishman who weighs 81kg impressed many as a defender of note in the recently ended season. Mawson scored 4 goals in his 27 appearances. With 45.11 passes per match, the player managed 29 tackles with an impressive 79% tackle success.

Adam Forshaw                       603                             -161                            764

Forshaw achieved 21% accuracy rate in his 34 appearances last season. The 25 year-old midfielder is of British descent. Although the slightly disappointing results of Middlesbrough, he played a good season as the key player for Middlesbrough.

Maya Yoshida                         659                             -96                              755

The 28 year-old Japanese defender made 23 appearances during which Southampton had 7 wins and 11 losses. The player managed 47 interceptions whilst blocking 2 goals with a cross accuracy of 13%.


The winners for the Championship are:

Shaun MacDonald                 1.404                          -87                              1.491

The winner of the MIP Award in the Sky Bet Championship is Shaun MacDonald. Hailing from Wales, the 29 year-old midfielder moved from Bournemouth to Wigan for £261k. MacDonald made 41 appearances and recorded a goal in his 3128 minutes spent on the field. The central midfielder was the pillar of the team with his ability to intercept and distribute passes. At times assigned as a defensive midfielder, Shaun made a huge contribution to the Championship side.

Liam Moore                              1.617                          409                             1.208

The 24 year-old center-back can also play as a right back. Having moved from Leicester City to Reading at a value of £1.04m for the ’16/’17 season, Moore had an astonishing season. Moore had an astonishing season at Reading. He appeared on 47 occasions in all competitions for the Championship side and managed to record a goal and an assist. The outright defender was a key member of the squad, picking 11 yellow cards in his 4206 minutes spent on the field. This result will further increase his market value.

Sam Gallagher                        1.150                          45                               1.105

Aged 21, Gallagher plays as a center-forward for Blackburn Rovers. The player has made 42 appearances with 11 goal during this season. His performance and predicted improvement got him claimed back by the Premier League outfits Southampton.

Michael Jacobs                       1.005                          -87                              1.092

Jacobs is a powerful Left-wing. Born in Rothwell, the player moved from Wolves to Wigan for an undisclosed amount. Last season Jacobs did a great job, with his 46 appearance and 3 goals a valuable player. He was on the score sheet 3 times and provided 4 assists during his 3711 minutes spent on the field.

Derrick Williams                   1.094                          45                               1.049

The center-back German born and of Irish nationality can also man the position of left-back. Williams had 39 appearances in the League for Blackburn Rovers. In his 3469 minutes spent on the pitch, the versatile defender picked up 3 yellow cards.

Kyle Bartley                             1.179                          171                             1.008 

With 30 appearances, Bartley has 2 goals and 4 clean sheets to his name. The 26-year old Englishman holds position of Defender moved from Leeds to Swansea after his loan ended in May 2017.

Alex Pearce                             952                             -53                              1.005

With 36 appearances in the league, the Derby County defender holds 7 clean sheets. Aged 28, He moved from Reading to Derby where he was loaned to Bristol city. At the end of his loan, Pearce moved back to Derby County in May 2016.

Tyler Blackett                         1.405                          409                             996

The English defender spent the 2014/15 at Celtic and the 2015/16 at  Manchester United following which, he transferred to Reading for £1.62m. The 23 year-old Jamaican nationality’s current market value is rising. Blackett is an excellent left-back whose performance warrants attention.

Kenneth Zohore                     929                             -24                              952

The 23 year-old center-forward can also play as a secondary striker. Having bought by KV Kortrijk from Odense BK in January 2016, Zohore has been loaned and moved to and from KV Kortrijk and Cardiff. The versatile striker showed some great improvement in his 2016/17 season for the Championship outfits. In his 30 appearances, Zohore registered an impressing total of 12 goals and 5 assists having spent only 2312 minutes on the field.

Jake Buxton                             840                             -87                              926

The 32 year-old center-back from England moved from Derby to Wigan in July 2016 for £900k. In his spell at Wigan, the defender managed to secure 42 starting berths. He received 4 yellow cards and a red card during the campaign. Undoubtedly, Buxton was among the undisputed key players of Wigan during the season and had an impressive show. In July 2017, Buxton made a signature move from Wigan to Burton Albion for £675k.