Why can’t Leeds United show us that kind of dominance in front of goal every game?
Thursday’s 5-0 demolition of Stoke City was an absolute joy to behold, and puts us in a very commanding position at the top of the table with four games to go.
The most enjoyable thing about the performance, however, was just how comfortable the lads looked in front of goal.
We had 11 shots on target, scoring five, and the general quality of finishing was superb.
One stat in particular proved just how lethal the Whites were on the front foot.
According to Infogol, Leeds had an xG of 3.88 against the Potters.
And there are really two takeaways from that.
Firstly, it means that we scored 1.12 goals more than we were meant to.
But secondly, that figure represents Leeds’ highest xG of the season.
An outstanding performance from Leeds, recording a staggering 3.88 xG. Can anyone stop them now? 👑
— Infogol (@InfogolApp) July 9, 2020
The next highest tally we recorded was against Millwall in January when we registered an xG of 3.47 in a 3-2 victory, as per Wyscout.
In fact, the graph above shows that the match against Millwall was the only other time that we recorded an xG higher than 3 this term.
Ultimately, what this means is that Leeds are hitting their stride in front of goal when it really matters.
Patrick Bamford is looking razor sharp, Pablo Hernandez proved once again that he is an absolute magician, with three key passes alone over the course of his second-half display, and the whole team ran like clockwork.
And that’s important, because if last season taught us anything, it’s that we cannot afford to run out of steam on the home straight.
Thankfully, we looked to be getting stronger by the game.
Nobody wants to jinx it, but we’re oh so nearly at the finish line now.
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