Ricardo Pereira

The Stats: Ricardo Pereira, The Foxes' Flying Full-Back

Ricardo Pereira has been at the heart of Leicester City's excellent opening 12 matches in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
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With just under a week to go until City's top flight season continues at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday (3pm GMT kick-off), LCFC.com is looking at some of Leicester's star men so far.

After exploring the numbers behind Jamie Vardy's role in the Club's best-ever start to a Premier League campaign, this time we crunch the numbers on Portugal full-back, Ricardo...

Staying in touch

Touches: 1,144
Leicester City ranking: 1
Premier League ranking: 3

First Team

Ricardo Pereira vs. Newcastle United

Portugal international Ricardo Pereira scored the first goal in City's 5-0 victory over the Magpies.

No Leicester City player has seen more of the ball than Ricardo Pereira, who has touched the ball on a remarkable 1,144 occasions in 12 matches so far this season.

Only Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (1,236) and Andrew Robertson (1,162) have had ownership of the ball more often, while Virgil van Dijk (1,027) has made less touches.

Ricardo is City's highest touch-maker in 2019/20, more than Çağlar Söyüncü (997), Ben Chilwell (988) and Jonny Evans (893), who intriguingly make up the Club's top four in this area.

The Portuguese's ability to control the ball and migrate it forwards has been a prominent feature this term and was on show in particular for his goal in the 5-0 win over Newcastle United in September.

Every minute

Minutes played: 1,080
Leicester City ranking: =1
Premier League ranking: =1

First Team

Ricardo Pereira vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Foxes right-back Ricardo Pereira provided the equaliser in our 2-1 victory over Spurs in the Premier League.

From sun-drenched August to sodden November, Ricardo Pereira has played in every single minute of his second Premier League campaign at Leicester City.

Ricardo is one of 38 players across the entire division to achieve that feat - and joins a small club of five to do so within City's ranks.

Jamie Vardy, Çağlar Söyüncü, Ben Chilwell and Jonny Evans are the other Foxes not to miss a minute of the 2019/20, indicating their own importance to Leicester's strategy. 

Last season, meanwhile, only Kasper Schmeichel (3,420), Wilfred Ndidi (3,298) and Chilwell (3,240) played more minutes than the former FC Porto man (3,125).

Winning it back

Tackles: 54
Leicester City ranking: 2
Premier League ranking: =2

While Ricardo Pereira's attacking efforts are regularly acknowledged, the 26-year-old is also right at the very top of the charts recognising the Premier League's top tacklers.

Trailing only Foxes team-mate Wilfred Ndidi (59), a regular presence at the top of these lists, Ricardo has made 54 tackles in 2019/20, level with Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Compatriot João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Spaniard Oriol Romeu (Southampton) complete the Premier League's top five on 43 and 41 respectively.

Meanwhile, City's top five is made up of Çağlar Söyüncü (27), James Maddison (23) and Ayoze Pérez (19), proving the effectiveness of City's press in attacking areas as well. 

To see the Club's full 2019/20 stats, click HERE.

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