The Premier League’s most gaffe-prone defender

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Invalid Email Despite his calamitous performance last night, David Luiz is a long way from being the Premier League’s most gaffe prone defender. David Luiz was only on the pitch for 25 minutes against Manchester City – but what a 25 minutes he had. Firstly, the ball ricocheted off him to let in Raheem Sterling for City’s first goal. He then brought down Riyad Mahrez in the area to give City a penalty and earned himself a red card in the process. For many, it was a performance that summed up the Brazilian centre back, with Gary Neville going so far as to say during the co-commentary: “Oh dear, I’ve no words really. I’ve said everything. He never learns, he’s so rash.”

Arsenal’s David Luiz had a horror show at Man City on Wednesday
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But official Premier League stats suggest that Luiz may have copped for a bit too much flack over the years. Since 2006/07, the Premier League has been recording how many errors players make which lead to a goal for the opposition. David Luiz has only made four such errors, according to the stats at least.

Man City’s John Stones is culpable to an error
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A total of 38 other defenders have made more errors than that, including Manchester City centre backs John Stones (seven) and Nicolás Otamendi (five). Luiz’s four errors works out as one every 3,960 minutes that he’s been on the pitch during league games, the equivalent of one every 44 matches. A total of 25 other defenders to have played this season have made goal-costing errors more regularly than that.

Southampton’s Yan Valery makes the most errors per minute of being on the field
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The most error prone is Southampton ’s Yan Valery. He has made three errors which resulted in a goal. Valery has played 2,362 minutes in the Premier League which means his goal-costing errors have come at the rate of one every 787 minutes. Jan Bednarek has also made three errors which led to the goal, coming at the rate of one every 1,668 minutes on the pitch. John Stones has made seven errors which led to a goal for the opposition.
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That works out as one every 1,740 minutes for the Manchester City and England defender – more than twice as regularly as David Luiz. Maya Yoshida has also made seven errors, but at the rate of one every 1,769 minutes. Martin Kelly’s six errors have come at the rate of one every 1,968 minutes, while Nicolás Otamendi’s five error’s have come at the rate of one every 2,176 minutes, and Deja Lovren’s six at the rate of one every 2,191 minutes. Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip.
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