302 games, 21 goals and more: Crystal Palace’s new £7m signing

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Crystal Palace signed James McArthur on transfer deadline day, but what are the numbers behind his career to date?

Crystal Palace broke their transfer record by signing James McArthur from Wigan Athletic for £7million earlier this week.

The Scottish midfielder had been tipped to join Leicester City before the Foxes signed Esteban Cambiasso, and now the 26-year-old has joined fellow deadline day arrivals Zeki Fryers and Kevin Doyle at Selhurst Park.

In the latest in our series on the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at the new Palace player.

302 – The number of club appearances McArthur has made in his career to date. He has featured 155 times for Wigan and previously played 147 matches for Hamilton Academical. Given that he is still only 26, his experience is relatively vast and he will bring real composure to the Eagles’ midfield.

21 – The number of goals the new Palace player has scored in his senior club career. Far from prolific, he is unlikely to make many headlines for his goal-scoring exploits but his all-round midfield play is what Neil Warnock has no doubt signed him for.

16 – The number of assists McArthur has provided to date. Again, he is not a considerable creative outlet but on occasions he can provide for his teammates.

2 – The number of times the player has been sent off in his club career. A fine record considering he has played more than 300 matches, he has received one straight red card and has been sent off on one occasion for two bookable offences.

50 – The number of cautions Palace’s record signing has picked up to date. Given his position on the pitch that is impressive and his fine disciplinary record may have been one of the reasons he was bought for such a sizeable fee.

14 – The number of times he has been capped for his country. McArthur’s debut was on November 16 2010 and since his debut he has scored one goal for Scotland. He previously featured three times for their under-21s.

Verdict – McArthur is a fine addition to Crystal Palace’s squad and his experience of both the Premier League and battling it out in the Championship should stand him in good stead for the season ahead. He is at an age when he should be reaching his peak and he will see this as the perfect opportunity to maintain top flight football after a spell out of the Premier League.

It is a lot of money to spend for Palace, but they will have done their research and it could prove to be a very canny purchase.

All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com

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