The Premier League trends that have emerged this season

The 2023 Premier League season has provided us with a range of emerging trends that are shaping the modern game. Here are some of the most notable ones:

  1. More goals than ever: For the fourth consecutive season, Premier League teams have scored more goals than ever before. The 3.28 goals per game average is 15% higher than the average of the previous season. The overall total of 1246 goals this season has surpassed the previous record (1222) by 24.
  2. Goal resurgence for English players: Six English players (Cole Palmer, Erling Haaland, Ollie Watkins, Dominic Solanke, Phil Foden, and Bukayo Saka) featured among the top 10 scorers this season. The total goal contribution of English players (369) was the highest since 2002.
  3. Comeback kings: Premier League teams scored a record-breaking 63 comeback wins this season, with title contenders Manchester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham all recording seven wins from losing positions.
  4. Time-wasting crackdown: Officials introduced a crackdown on time-wasting this season, with referees brandishing 172 yellow cards for the offence, a twofold increase from the previous season. The increased enforcement helped to boost active playing time, which had been gradually decreasing.
  5. Fastest league on the planet: The Premier League has been dubbed the fastest league in the world by the Football Observatory, earning a perfect score of 100 in categories like sprints, speed, and accelerations. Teams are now averaging a record-breaking 140 sprints per game, up from 127 two seasons ago.
  6. High lines and pressing hit new heights: Teams are pushing higher up the pitch, implementing aggressive high pressing tactics to win the ball back quickly after losing possession. This has led to an increase in counter-attacks and quick breaks, with defenders needing to be adept in possession and pace to cover for these situations.
  7. Aston Villa's unique offside trap: Aston Villa deployed a unique, and risky, offside trap this season that involved several players, including the centre-backs and defensive midfielders. While it led to a few mishaps, it also caught opponents off guard and resulted in a few goals.
  8. Youngest PL teams: The average age of Premier League squads this season was the youngest ever, at 26 years and eight months, showing a trend towards younger players being given more opportunities.
  9. Injuries hit all-time high: This season saw a record number of injuries, with over 1100 players sustaining injuries, surpassing the previous high of 997 in 2018-19.
  10. Summer transfer splurge: Premier League clubs spent a record £1.9bn on transfers during the summer window, eclipsing the previous high of £1.4bn in 2017.
  11. Winter PSR constraints: The Premier League introduced new price-scaling regulations for broadcast packages, leading to the three-year deal for exclusive Saturday 3pm games from the 2023/24 season.
  12. Keep the ball! Stick with managers: A growing disparity between tiers: The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has widened, with only one promotion playoff spot up for grabs.
  13. Is home advantage back? Attendance stability: Attendances have remained stable throughout the season, despite concerns about the impact of rising ticket prices and the cost of living.
  14. Is 4-3-3 on the way out? More teams than ever before are experimenting with new formations and tactical approaches, indicating 4-3-3's decline as the dominant formation.
  15. Tight titles! Growing disparity between tiers: The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has widened, with only one promotion playoff spot up for grabs.
  16. What about attendance? Stable attendance figures have been a positive aspect of the league, with fans continuing to show up despite the cost of attendance.
  17. Growing disparity between tiers: The gap between the Premier League and the Championship has widened, with only one promotion playoff spot up for grabs.
  18. What about attendance? Stable attendance figures have been a positive aspect of the league, with fans continuing to show up despite the cost of attendance.

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