Regular readers will know us over here at ClaretandHugh aren’t big on stats – news is more our scene!
But because we are about to reveal the truth on Dimitri Payet’s amazing free kicks we are happy to make an exception.
They show a pretty extraordinary conversion rate from free kicks to goals since he became the Irons regular free kick taker.
The figures we are quoting here also include the incredible 37 yard goal he scored on his return to the French international team last week.
Dimi started taking free kicks on January 12 in the goal-less draw at home against Stoke City and since then he has struck 10 of them for five goals – an extraordinary 50 per cent conversion rate.
He has also hit the post and forced a save of the season qualifier out of Manchester City and England keeper Joe Hart so with just a touch more luck he would have had a 70 per cent conversion rate.
The stats are amazing by anyone’s standards but there are literally no words to describe the quality of his strikes.