Nothing was debunked.That forward passes statistic has been debunked already to prove that they were played towards Tierney running on the left wing. He hardly played through balls for us. But he played them for Switzerland.
A majority went towards Tierney, yes (But far from *all of them*). That's not really a surprise at all when his role is on the left, especially with a coach that values the left-footers to play exactly that pass. His role is more central in the national team.
This was his long-pass map in his second season with us.
He's not a player of course where things go exactly through the middle. That's no different in the national team though. That pass for the equalizer is a rarity. I don't think I have ever seen a passmap of Xhaka that had more than 1-2 passes going straight into the box.
It's just not his game.