I've been monitoring Southampton's underlying numbers this year and I was disappointed that they failed to annihilate Villa as any boost from that game would have sugar-coated their already historically impressive totals. As it is, it's possible to show that they have had a start to the season that ranks very high in the pantheon of 'Great Starts to the Season' as recorded in the 'Enlightened Stat Era' (2009-now). This era is defined as such because it covers the public availability of shooting numbers that can be built into metrics that are highly insightful & which can also be toyed with to create weird mini-stats that show that what Southampton have done is indeed extraordinary.
Excitingly, this article is now being kindly hosted at Statsbomb, so if you'd like to read the rest of it then follow the link HERE Big thanks to Ted Knutson for allowing me the chance to put something up there & to Ben Pugsley for the initial inspiration to write any of this stuff at all.
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