Fulham came out on top across a range of statistics in 2016/17. The Whites were the joint top goal scorers alongside champions Newcastle United, finding the back of the net 85 times, averaging just under two goals every league match. One could even argue that we were the division’s outright top scorers, after Tom Cairney’s effort against Reading in the Play-Offs took our tally to 86. The Royals were our closest challengers in terms of average possession and pass accuracy, but we were top of the pile on both counts, with 59.1 and 83.9 per cent respectively. Shots per game was another stat in which Fulham were the Championship’s most productive outright, having 15.5 efforts on goal every match. In terms of dribbles per game, only Huddersfield Town and Barnsley managed more than our 10.1.
Pass accuracy was a department which was absolutely bossed by Fulham players this season, with six of the best eight in the division coming from Slaviša Jokanović’s squad. Cairney finds himself at the top with a superb 92.6 per cent pass success rate, ahead of Tim Ream who averaged 90.3 per cent. Two midfielders came third and fourth, with Neeskens Kebano and Scott Parker finding their man 89.4 and 89.3 per cent of the time, respectively. Promoted duo Jonathan Hogg and Dale Stephens were next on the list, but they were followed by another pair of Fulham boys, as both Tomas Kalas and Floyd Ayité averaged a success rate of 87 per cent. We scored well in terms of average passes per match as well, with Cairney top on 80.5, Kevin McDonald third with 67.7, and Stefan Johansen sixth on 62.7.
Midfield enforcer McDonald was our most productive individual when it came to tackling with an average of 2 per game, ahead of Johansen and Ryan Fredericks who both won 1.7 tackles each time they pulled on the shirt. Left-backs Scott Malone and Ryan Sessegnon followed with 1.5 each. Michael Madl was a regular clearer of the ball, getting rid on average 6.4 times every fixture, ahead of fellow centre-backs Kalas (5.1), Ragnar Sigurdsson (4.8) and Ream (4.6). Kalas led the way with interceptions, nipping in to nick the ball 1.8 times every game, slightly more than McDonald (1.7), and Denis Odoi, Madl and Ream who all made 1.5 interceptions on each occasion.
Sone Aluko was a menace to the opposition all season, something that’s reinforced by his statistics as he topped the charts for both dribbles (2.3) and shots (2.9) per game. Cairney was second in both regards as he averaged 1.7 and 2.5 respectively. Floyd Ayité and Fredericks also both averaged at least 1 successful dribble per outing, while Chris Martin was the only other player to average more than 2 attempts every match. Aluko and Cairney were joint top of the assists table with 10 apiece, while Johansen and Ayité contributed 8 and 7 respectively. Fredericks chipped in with a respectable 5 from right-back. Kebano had Fulham’s best minutes per goal ratio across the season, finding the net every 223 minutes. Ayité was second in this regard with 236, ahead of Martin’s 243 and Johansen’s 294.